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077-0048 Snowville Historic District

Snowville Historic District
Photo credit: Robert Mack, 1985

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/17/1985

NRHP Listing Date 01/07/1987

NRHP Reference Number 86003650

The tiny community of Snowville, on the banks of the Little River in the scenic eastern section of Pulaski County, was founded in the 1820s by Asiel Snow, an immigrant from New England. By the 1850s the village had become a small manufacturing center with industries that utilized locally produced raw materials such as iron ore, lumber, and wool. An early progressive school and the county’s first newspaper, public library and Masonic temple were initiated in Snowville. The industrial and commercial activity have all but disappeared leaving Snowville a sleepy, tree-embowered rural settlement of mostly late-19th and early-20th century structures. The principal landmarks of the linear Snowville Historic District are the Snowville Christian Church and the distinctive masonic temple (pictured above). With few contemporary intrusions, Snowville retains the sense of 19th century isolation that characterized many pre-railroad villages.

Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.

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

Updated: March 7, 2022