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073-0039 Falkland

Falkland
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VLR Listing Date 03/20/1979

NRHP Listing Date 06/22/1979

NPS property number 79003071

One of the earliest remaining houses in Prince Edward County, Falkland was built in the last quarter of the 18th century for Francis Watkins, Sr., a longtime county clerk and trustee of Hampden Sydney College. The four bay, hall/parlor dwelling is a little altered vernacular house of a type found throughout the upper South from the Virginia Piedmont westward. Falkland is an unusually large example, with generous scale and original one story wings of unequal lengths. The house also possesses an interesting store of original woodwork, most of which is a provincial interpretation of late colonial trim. Francis Watkins, Jr., who inherited Falkland, was himself a county magistrate and captain of the local militia. Upon his move to Alabama in 1820, Watkins sold Falkland to his brother in law James Wood, a tobacco manufacturer who also was a Hampden Sydney trustee.


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

Updated April 4, 2018