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173-5001 Boydton Historic District

Boydton Historic District
Old Town Hall -- Photo credit: DHR, 2000

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 03/14/2001

NRHP Listing Date 05/16/2002

NRHP Reference Number 02000511

The Boydton Historic District is one of the best-preserved small county seats in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Sitting atop low rolling hills, the town of Boydton is one of the few earlier Virginia towns that was not built along or near a river. In addition to its beautiful classical Mecklenburg County courthouse, the district contains significant church and school buildings, a great variety of houses, and typical rural commercial buildings. The oldest building in the district is the rambling, picturesque Boyd Tavern, begun in the 18th century. The most unusual is the Beales, Berlinger & Gregory Studebaker dealership building built in 1918, featuring an ornamental metal façade, corner finial, and recessed first story—a rare survival for almost any Virginia locality. Much of the historic commercial portion of the Boydton Historic District was built in the first half of the 20th century due to a fire in 1907. Unique is the verdant field of the Cedar Crest plantation complex, which, like an English town common, is bordered by the Presbyterian Church, the St. James Episcopal Church cemetery, large houses along one side, and the Classical Revival plantation house itself.


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


Updated: June 27, 2022