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060-0452 Walnut Grove Farm Historic District

Walnut Grove Farm Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 01/10/1991

NPS property number 89001899

An example of a prosperous early 20th-century livestock and dairy farm, Walnut Grove was developed by Capt. David Harvey Barger following his purchase of the property in 1890. Barger, who made a fortune in railroads and coal mining, retired to his native Montgomery County to become a gentleman farmer. He built Walnut Grove’s porticoed Georgian Revival mansion in 1910 on the site of an earlier house. Structures added to accommodate his farm operation include a dairy/smokehouse, a farm office, a farm manager’s house, and two frame barns. Away from the main complex is a picturesque stuccoed mill used at one time to produce graham flour, the ingredient of graham crackers, developed as an early health food. The mill, an early 20th-century structure, may incorporate earlier fabric. A mid-19th century log house is also part of the district.


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

Updated April 4, 2018