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053-0603 Taylorstown Historic District

Taylorstown Historic District
Photo credit: David Edwards/DHR, 2021

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

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VLR Listing Date 12/21/1976

NRHP Listing Date 01/30/1978

NRHP Reference Number 78003027; 05000474

A steady supply of waterpower and the surrounding fertile farms of the Quaker settlers made Taylorstown an ideal site for milling operations. The first mill was established here in the 1730s by Richard Brown, whose stone house, Hunting Hill, survives in the tiny hamlet. The present stone mill (shown above) was erected by Thomas Taylor ca. 1784. Also in the district is an 18th-century stone cottage known as Foxton, an example of Loudoun County’s oldest vernacular buildings. The other buildings include an early 19th-century store building; a rusticated concrete store of 1904; and two late-Victorian dwellings. Free from modern intrusions save for a new concrete bridge across Catoctin Creek, Taylorstown has been a sleepy crossroads since milling operations ceased in 1958. The mill, one of the few remaining in a county once noted for its many mills, is now a private residence.

In 2005 an updated nomination also expanded the boundaries of the Taylorstown Historic District to the east and the west, adding five properties, including two that date from the late 18th century, and a late 19th-century general store. The social and architectural history of the amended district is analogous to the original district and retains sufficient integrity to warrant the expansion of the Taylorstown Historic District.
[VLR Listed: 3/16/2005; NRHP Listed: 5/26/2005]

2005 Updated Nomination and Boundary Increase

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

Updated: April 15, 2021