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081-0071 Vineyard Hill

Vineyard Hill
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VLR Listing Date 12/06/1995

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

Commanding a hill overlooking Poague Run, Vineyard Hill is a vestige of Rockbridge County’s earliest substantive rural housing. The rough-coursed limestone structure was built ca. 1774 by Scotch-Irish settler Alexander Beggs. The house shows a Quaker influence with its three-room plan and corner staircase. An exceptional feature is the enormous cooking fireplace in the basement. The name Vineyard Hill is believed to have been chosen by Emma M. Brady, who inherited the property and the adjacent Buffalo Forge tract from William Weaver in the 1860s. Weaver’s heirs aspired to be winemakers and engaged a French horticulturist to establish a vineyard about 1870. The wine proved to be unsalable in the export market and the effort was discontinued. The house was restored in the 1970s. On the property are the foundations of a spring house and an iron-working mill.
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Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated February 6, 2019