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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

242-0003 Irvington Historic District

Irvington Historic District
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Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/01/1999

NRHP Listing Date 12/08/2000

NPS property number 00000895

Irvington Historic District is significant as an early 19th- to mid-20th-century residential and commercial community that flourished because of its location along major transportation tributaries of the Rappahannock River. The town emerged as a successful steamboat wharf in the antebellum period. The growth of the steamboat industry allowed transportation and commerce to grow, resulting in a small but sophisticated wharf town with a commercial core and attractive residences, many of which were shipped from Baltimore and assembled on site. Tourism and fishing were (and are) also large factors in the economy and life of the town. Irvington remains historically and architecturally significant as one of the only extant Lancaster villages that flourished as a steamboat wharf and major seafood production center.


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

Updated August 22, 2018