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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

062-5108 Lovingston Historic District

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

VLR Listing Date 09/14/2005

NRHP Listing Date 11/09/2005

NPS property number 05001232

Surrounded by mountains and farmland, Lovingston Historic District was originally platted in 1809 as the seat of government in the geographic center of the county. The village’s growth developed steadily in response to county courthouse activities and the significant expansion of traffic along the Charlottesville to Lynchburg stage road. Settlement and growth concentrated both around the courthouse and along Front Street, heavily traveled by stage couches. The eventual result was a dual development pattern that deviated from most courthouse settlements in Virginia. Lovingston continued to develop that way through the 20th century, until Front Street, the commercial center, was bypassed by an expanded U.S. 29 in 1961. Reflecting the town’s history, the 224-acre district contains a diverse collection of commercial buildings and residential architectural styles—vernacular, Federal, Italianate, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman—as well as the 1809 town hall courthouse, three churches, five tavern-hotels, a theater, a cooper shop, post office, bank, and an 1823 jail designed by Thomas Jefferson.


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

Updated April 4, 2018