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060-0574 North Fork Valley Rural Historic District

North Fork Valley Rural Historic District
Photo credit: Dan Pezzoni, 2020

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 02/01/1991

NRHP Reference Number 90002169

The North Fork Valley of the Roanoke River extends for approximately nine miles from the Roanoke County line to Lusters Gate. The exceptionally scenic area, listed in the registers under the Prehistoric and Historic Resources of Montgomery County Multiple Property Document, preserves an agrarian landscape of historic significance spanning the years from 1746 to the 1940s. The tangible relics of agricultural practices include fields, fence lines, barns, and other farm structures. Farm buildings of the early 20th century make up the majority of the resources. The domestic buildings cover a broad range of vernacular and high-style house types, mostly dating from the early 19th century on. Log structures are common. The I-house, either brick or frame, was a popular house form. Many of the early houses preserve outbuildings such as smokehouses, offices, and springhouses, usually placed adjacent to vegetable gardens. A focal point of the district is the frame McDonalds Mill, erected in the 1850s.

A 2020 nomination update includes a detailed architectural analysis of the district’s historic resources, a full, updated inventory of all resources within the historic boundaries, and additional information about the district’s history that justifies extending the end of its period of significance from the 1940s to 1970.
[NRHP Accepted: 5/26/2021]

2020 Updated Nomination

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

Updated: June 3, 2021