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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

054-5018 Duke House

Duke House
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VLR Listing Date 06/06/2007

NRHP Listing Date 08/16/2007

NPS property number 07000830

The Duke House is a fine example of a well-built, late 18th-century rural dwelling that is now rare. Built about 1792, the one-and-a-half story house features handsome interior woodwork, including a full-height paneled chimney piece in the parlor, as well as built-in corner cupboards. The house was once part of the vast landholdings of Cleavers Duke Sr., whose family remained on the property until 1825. Under the Duke family and the immediate subsequent owners, the property was used for general farming purposes, though under the mid-19th-century owners, it was transformed into a tobacco plantation, worked at one point by more than 30 slaves. A one-story kitchen wing was likely added in the early 20th century. The property also contains a former workshop and a small cemetery, containing one historic grave marker, though other unmarked graves may be present.


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

Updated October 14, 2018