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Originally known as Hayfield, Belle-Hampton was the Pulaski County home of agricultural and industrial promoter James Hoge Tyler, who served as governor of Virginia from 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 was owned by his descendants at the time of its listing in the registers. Among the outbuildings is a commissary built to serve the mining enterprise.

Last Updated: February 29, 2024

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

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