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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

082-0123 Port Republic Historic District

Port Republic Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 07/18/1978

NRHP Listing Date 09/08/1980

NPS property number 80004224

On the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in eastern Rockingham County, this grid-plan village was founded in 1802 and became a booming river port. It served as the shipping point for the agricultural and industrial products of the upper Shenandoah River until the 1890s when the railroad was built east of town. Through the town’s collection of 19th-century vernacular buildings and its numerous archaeological sites can be traced the community’s growth and decline. Port Republic gave its name to a Civil War battle, the conclusion of Stonewall Jackson’s Valley campaign, fought just to the north of town. Today the community preserves an open, almost rural quality with houses and outbuildings sprinkled among large lots. The most imposing structure, the Dundore house, is a 1760s log structure with an Federal-period brick section and still-later stocky Doric portico.


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

Updated April 4, 2018