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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989
NRHP Listing Date 02/01/1991
NRHP Reference 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 Bowyer-Trollinger 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.
The Bowyer-Trollinger Farm was listed in the registers under the Prehistoric and Historic Resources of Montgomery County MPD.
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
Updated: January 7, 2022