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077-0003 Belle Hampton

Belle Hampton
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VLR Listing Date 04/18/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NPS property number 89001911

Originally known as Hayfield, Bell-Hampton was the home of agricultural and industrial promoter James Hoge Tyler, who served as governor of Virginia 1898-1902. The property was settled in the 18th century by Tyler’s ancestors. The original part of the present house, a substantial brick dwelling, was built in 1826 for Tyler’s grandfather, James Hoge, Jr. from whom Tyler inherited the property. Although active in politics, Tyler made a considerable fortune through exploitation of a coal seam on the family homeplace. The mining profits enabled Tyler in 1879 to front the house with a large Italianate-style extension topped with a bold bracketed cornice. The resulting dwelling is an interesting juxtaposition of two architectural traditions. Renamed Belle-Hampton by Tyler, the property is owned by his descendants. Among the outbuildings is a commissary built to serve the mining enterprise.


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

Updated April 4, 2018