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062-5002 Schuyler Historic District

Schuyler Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 06/08/2006

NRHP Listing Date 03/21/2007

NPS property number 07000195

Located on one of the world’s largest soapstone veins, the Schuyler Historic District initially was settled as a small, rural saw-milling community in the 1840s but developed steadily in response to the increasing boom in the quarrying and milling of soapstone that emerged in Nelson County during the 1890s. Schuyler evolved as a typical company town, and is recognized today for its early-to-mid-20th-century central mill complex and large quarries, from which small, mostly company-owned and built neighborhoods radiate. The district contains powerhouses, railroads, workers’ housing, and associated schools, stores, and churches. In addition to its soapstone industry-related architecture, the village includes important mid-19th-century dwellings that recall the period prior to the founding of the soapstone Rockfish River and the James River and Kanawha Canal was also a contributing factor to its development.


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

Updated August 27, 2018