Slusser-Ryan Farm

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The Slusser-Ryan Farm, also known as Hickory Ridge Farm, highlights aspects of Montgomery County’s agricultural and industrial history from around 1855 to 1880. The centerpiece of the property is a two-story, evolved center-passage-plan house. Character-defining features of the house’s era and region are embodied in its log construction, limestone foundation, brick chimneys, a prominent two-tier front porch with sawn balustrade, and interior woodwork that includes decoratively painted parlor baseboards. Around 1855, James P. Slusser built the earliest portion of the house–a log section with V-notched corners.  A member of a prominent family of farmers and coal miners in the Mount Tabor area during the late-19th- and early-20th-centuries, Slusser expanded the house around 1870. The property’s historic character is enhanced by domestic and agricultural buildings constructed under Slusser’s ownership during the 1870s including a smokehouse, and wagon barn and a hay barn, among other structures. The Slusser-Ryan Farm property also contains two historic sites: a coal mine and cemetery.

Last Updated: December 27, 2023

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

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