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060-0084 Bowyer-Trollinger Farm

Bowyer-Trollinger Farm
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 02/01/1991

NPS property number 90002167

Log was the most available and hence the preferred building material for early Montgomery County farmhouses. Built ca. 1825 for Thomas Bowyer as a single-pen log structure, the core of the Bowyer-Trollinger house is one of fewer than ten log dwellings in the county employing this once-standard form. Typically, the house was soon expanded with a second log pen. A ca. 1880 addition transformed the house into a center-passage dwelling. The weatherboarding and the Colonial Revival front porch give the exterior a conventional look. Thomas Bowyer was known for his fine horses, and maintained a racetrack on the place. Little changed since the turn of the century, the farm’s historic character is reinforced by the survival of several late 19th-century outbuildings and farm structures. The complex is set in a small valley of unspoiled pastoral scenery.


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

Updated April 4, 2018