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171-5001 Bowling Green Historic District

Bowling Green Historic District
Photo credit: DHR, 2002

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 03/19/2003

NRHP Listing Date 05/22/2003

NRHP Reference Number 03000439

Bowling Green Historic District is one of the largest of Virginia’s picturesque courthouse towns. It was named for Bowling Green, a plantation whose main house still exists at the edge of the district. For more than two centuries, the district has served as the county seat, centered around its handsome courthouse built in the style of and by builders Thomas Jefferson trained. The town’s buildings demonstrate a variety of styles including Federal, Gothic and Greek Revivals, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival. At some points, farm land comes right to the edges of town and several residences sit on large parcels of land. The commercial area has suffered two fires, but has been rebuilt in scale and massing that happily are well suited to the historic district. Bowling Green is a town of great variety, yet quite harmonious being unified by many fine trees.

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

Updated: August 5, 2022