Maiden Spring is among Southwest Virginia’s most intact antebellum homesteads. The Tazewell County house is set off by its intricately detailed trim, two-level porticos, and well-preserved interiors. Clustered about is a group of outbuildings and farm buildings dating from the mid-19th century into the 1900s. The original layout of the fields is intact, still served by a mid-19th century barn. The Bowen family home for seven generations, the main portion of the house at Maiden Spring was built in 1838 for Rees Tate Bowen. Family tradition maintains that portions of an early frame house built by Bowen’s uncle, Rees Bowen, Jr., are incorporated in the rear ell. Rees Tate Bowen served in the Virginia House of Delegates during the Civil War and later was elected to the U. S. Congress. In 1862 Confederate troops used Maiden Spring as a camp while defending the saltworks at Saltville.
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