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072-0048 Norwood

Norwood
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VLR Listing Date 03/18/1975

NRHP Listing Date 05/19/1980

NPS property number 80004212

Norwood is among the most imposing of the post-colonial plantation houses lining the upper James River. The hipped-roof Georgian center portion was built in the late 18th century for Thomas Harris. Then called Greenyard, the Harris family sold the property in 1834 to Robert Beverley Randolph, who, with his father-in-law, Harry Heth, operated the nearby Midlothian coal mines. In 1835, Randolph added the two-story wings and Ionic porch, and installed elaborate, provincial, Adam-style woodwork. Enriched with paterae and colonnettes, the woodwork is apparently by the same artisans as the nearly identical woodwork in Castlewood in Chesterfield Court House. It is assumed that the property was renamed Norwood at this time. Randolph also built the complex of rare mid-19th century brick farm buildings. The patrician homestead is now the home of the Kennon family, descendants of Robert Beverley Randolph.


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

Updated July 2, 2018