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052-0340 William Sayers Homestead

William Sayers Homestead
Photo credit: Mike Pulice/DHR, 2014

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VLR Listing Date 12/11/2014

NRHP Listing Date 02/17/2015

NRHP Reference Number 15000017

The Sayers Homestead in Lee County was established around 1796 by William Sayers, along the historic Wilderness Road and near the Cumberland Gap. The Sayers Homestead features a two-story stone house, built of limestone. Historically a relatively rare building type in southwest Virginia, stone houses today are exceptionally rare in the region, with perhaps less than a dozen examples still existing. In the 1890s, the Sayers House was added onto with a two-story, wood frame Victorian-style wing, resulting in a clear contrast between two distinct building traditions from different eras, nearly a century apart. The William Sayers Homestead also contains a limestone garage and an assortment of farm buildings dating to the late-19th and early-20th-centuries; a circa 1900 vehicular bridge, and a pre-1840 trace of the Old Wilderness Road.

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

Updated: December 15, 2022