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077-0002 Back Creek Farm

Back Creek Farm
Photo credit: Mike Pulice/DHR, 2002

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VLR Listing Date 02/18/1975

NRHP Listing Date 05/21/1975

NRHP Reference Number 75002032

Back Creek Farm is a product of Southwest Virginia’s second generation of European settlement. Nestled at the foot of Cloyd’s Mountain in Pulaski County, the farm was established by Joseph Cloyd, whose pioneer parents were killed during a conflict with Native Americans. The present house, a stately provincial Georgian mansion with finely caved woodwork, was built in the early 19th century on what Cloyd described as “the sun shiny ridge.” The outbuildings, including a brick dairy and a two-story kitchen, are unusually large and well crafted. The antebellum stone barn, a Pennsylvania type, is one of the few stone barns to have been built in Southwest Virginia. The Civil War struck Back Creek Farm in May 1864 when the battle of Cloyd’s Mountain was fought here. The house served as both a hospital and headquarters for Union general George Crook under whose command were captains and future presidents Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley.

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

Updated: March 3, 2022