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063-0080 Spring Hill

Spring Hill
Photo credit: Carl Lounsbury, 2021

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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, center-hall-plan, Tidewater farmhouse. While initially thought to have been built about 1782, more recent architectural analysis estimates the construction date to be ca. 1818. Spring Hill, built by Richard C. Graves, 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. This New Kent County property was previously known as Indian Fields (until it was changed to Spring Hill sometime between 1835 and 1840).  Col. Richard C. Graves (1772-1835) was a descendant of Thomas Graves, who arrived in Virginia on the Mary and Margaret in 1608. Col. Graves 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 property passed out of Graves family ownership in 1863.


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


Updated: July 7, 2021