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127-0677 Taylor Farm

Taylor Farm
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VLR Listing Date 06/19/1990

NRHP Listing Date 01/24/1991

NPS property number 90002158

Surrounded by a residential development in suburban south Richmond, the Taylor Farm forms a time capsule illustrating a once-typical rural homestead. Owned by the Aubrey Taylor family since 1917, the farm is a three-acre parcel, the core of a larger farmstead established shortly after the Civil War. The simple frame dwelling was built in stages beginning about 1870 for the family of blacksmith Joseph T. Williams. It features an unusual gable-fronted, two-room-plan main block with rear and side wings. Other buildings, all dating to the early 20th century, include a garage, storage shed, barn, lumber shed, and corncrib. Decorative landscape elements surrounding the house, designed by lifelong resident and amateur gardener Olin Taylor, date largely from the 1930s. They include a rock-walled flower garden, an ornamental fish pool, rubblestone retaining walls, and shingled entry gates, all amid ornamental shade trees.


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

Updated April 4, 2018