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251-5001 Lawrenceville Historic District

Lawrenceville Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/15/1999

NRHP Listing Date 04/13/2000

NPS property number 00000313

Lawrenceville Historic District includes most of the town that has developed around the county seat established in 1814. Much of that growth was directly related to the coming of the Atlantic and Danville Railroad in 1891, which tied the broad local agricultural base to national markets. At the same time, James Solomon, an Episcopal priest and former slave, founded St Paul’s College, a private African American college. The district includes the courthouse square, the college, blocks of commercial buildings built between 1870 and 1940, and residential areas with domestic structures primarily from the 1890s to 1920. In addition, it includes a variety of public buildings, railroad-related resources and well-preserved recreational facilities built by the Civil Works Administration (CWA) and Works Progress Administration (WPA), federal New Deal programs in the 1930s. Few large towns have such a cohesive and complete fabric.


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

Updated February 19, 2019