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044-5576 The Highlands

The Highlands
Photo credit: Dan Pezzoni, 2016

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VLR Listing Date 09/21/2017

NRHP Listing Date 02/13/2018

NRHP Reference Number SG100002136

The Highlands, near Stanleytown in Henry County, is a Tudor Revival manorial residence built during 1936-37 for furniture executive W. Burton Dillon and his wife, Alma McManaway Dillon. The two-story brick house, designed by the Roanoke architectural firm of Eubank and Caldwell, features an imposing front chimney, a roof with a variety of gables and dormers, and casement windows, some with heraldic painted panes. The interior boasts a paneled entry hall, plaster wall ornaments in over a dozen designs including a Tudor-style iron gate and rose, and a living room fireplace with carved stonework and wood panels. Roanoke landscape architect Albert Ayrton Farnham designed The Highland’s grounds during the late 1940s, creating boxwood rows and tree-lined walkways, ornamental gardens, and an octagonal Tudor Revival gazebo. W. Burton Dillon was related to the Vaughan family that formed the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company, a leading Virginia furniture manufacturer. In 1924, he co-founded Hooker-Bassett Furniture.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: September 21, 2021