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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

085-0086 Shenandoah County Farm

Shenandoah County Farm
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VLR Listing Date 08/18/1993

NRHP Listing Date 10/29/1993

NPS property number 93001122

The 1829 almshouse at the Shenandoah County Farm is perhaps the only early county poorhouse built for that purpose still operating in the state. The two-story brick structure, with its low dormitory wings, is a comely work of local Federal-style architecture with finely detailed interior woodwork. The farm was part of the colonial Beckford Parish Glebe, established in 1769 and acquired by the county during the disestablishment of the Anglican church. The first almshouse was set up here in 1800 in the original glebe house. By 1829 its deteriorated condition required its replacement with the present structure. The farm was the scene of a Union bivouac the night before the 1864 battle of Toms Brook. By 1991 the place housed only seven permanent residents. The property is now administered by a non-profit organization under lease from the county.


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

Updated April 4, 2018