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150-0014 Amiss-Palmer House

Amiss-Palmer House
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VLR Listing Date 06/20/1989

NRHP Listing Date 11/13/1989

NPS property number 89001804

Edwin J. Amiss built this imposing brick mansion around 1856 on an elevated hillock which then commanded the road into Blacksburg. Amiss, a merchant and landowner, assembled several tracts, including a 125-acre parcel where the house was erected. The finely appointed dwelling boasts a Flemish bond facade, an entrance portico with paired Ionic columns, and marble mantels within. On the grounds are three early outbuildings: a brick kitchen, a log cottage probably for slaves, and a log meat house. The place was purchased in 1880 by W. H. Palmer, Amiss’s son-in-law, who added a deck-on-hip roof over the original lower roof. The farm was developed in the mid-20th century, reducing the land around the house to a three-acre yard. Despite the loss of its rural setting, the house remains one of Blacksburg’s principal antebellum landmarks.


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

Updated April 4, 2018