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063-0080 Spring Hill

Spring Hill
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VLR Listing Date 09/11/2002

NRHP Listing Date 11/27/2002

NRHP Reference Number 02001448

Spring Hill is a well-preserved example of a typical 18th-century, center-hall-plan, Tidewater farmhouse. It was built about 1782 and retains its original Flemish-bond, double-shouldered end chimneys, weatherboards, and trim. The interior is equally well preserved with original flooring, woodwork, paneling, and plaster walls. An early frame smokehouse sits in the yard. The New Kent County house was built by Richard Croshow Graves (1735–1798) and was previously known as Indian Fields (until it was changed to Spring Hill about 1840). Graves was a descendant of Thomas Graves, who arrived in Virginia on the Mary and Margaret in 1607. Richard and his wife, the former Elizabeth Valentine, were the proprietors of a racetrack, stables, and a hotel on the property, and Graves served in the Virginia General Assembly in 1822. The house passed out of Graves family ownership in 1863.

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

Updated: April 13, 2021