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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

102-5015 Solar Hill Historic District

Solar Hill Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 03/14/2001

NRHP Listing Date 07/05/2001

NPS property number 01000703

Solar Hill Historic District, a predominantly residential district, is approximately two blocks north of the town’s downtown commercial center and the Virginia-Tennessee state line. Named because of its use as an official observation point for an 1869 solar eclipse, Solar Hill began in 1871 as a residential neighborhood built around the antebellum estate of James King, Jr. Builders of residences during the 1870s included attorney James Harvey Wood and banker John J. Lancaster. Incorporation of Solar Hill into the city of Bristol in 1890 led to lot development and the construction of a majority of the neighborhood’s residences by 1910. Construction of new homes continued into the 1920s and, by 1930, few vacant parcels remained in the neighborhood. Solar Hill Historic District, with its wide, tree-lined streets and its substantial frame and brick residences, has retained its distinctive turn-of-the-20th-century architectural character.


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

Updated April 4, 2018