The Haven B. Howe House is a fine example of a high-style, Reconstruction-era farmhouse, constructed during the 1870s from materials available on the property and in the region. Featuring porch supports of ornamental wrought iron, the house combines elements of a Federal and Greek Revival balanced form and plan, complemented by Italianate detailing, making it one of the best examples of this style found in Pulaski County. Haven Boyd Howe, the owner, who took an active role in the construction of the house and crafting some of its fine interior woodwork, was a prominent local farmer, a member of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors, and a one-term member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He also is significant statewide for his long-term efforts to conserve the quality of the New River’s water as well as that of other major rivers in Virginia and their tributaries in neighboring states. Serving as the Howe family residence through the 1940s, the house is now a showcase building at Claytor Lake State Park, housing a nature exhibition center and office space.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark