Samuel Gilmer House

The Samuel Gilmer House, located in Russell County and built around 1820, is one of the few surviving examples of Federal-style architecture in far southwest Virginia. While the building has […]

Blackford Bridge (Pucketts Hole Bridge)

Pucketts Hole Bridge, constructed in 1889, is likely the oldest remaining public bridge in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Bristol District, which encompasses more than 7,400 miles of roads in […]

Honaker Commercial Historic District

The Honaker Commercial Historic District, in Russell County, encompasses the core of this “boom town” that arose in a small valley at the juncture of a major rail line and […]

Carter Hill

Carter Hill, located about four miles west of the town of Lebanon in Russell County, is an imposing private residence, the seat of a 1,000-acre estate of rolling farm- and […]

Castlerun Historic District

The Castlerun Historic District is a collection of early 20th-century public buildings that represent a way of life that is vanishing in our ever-changing rural landscapes. The two primary buildings […]

Stephen B. Quillen House

The Stephen B. Quillen House is a two-story, wood-frame house in the Queen Anne style with a wraparound front porch set over a rusticated limestone foundation. It is located on […]

Mason-Dorton School

Mason-Dorton School is a frame, two-room school that served the Mason’s Store area of Russell County from 1885 until 1958. The school retains its original form and features a set […]

Jessees Mill

Jessees Mill is located beside a waterfall on Mill Creek and nestled deep in the mountainous Clinch River Valley in Russell County. It began circa 1851 as a single-pen log […]

Old Russell County Courthouse

The second courthouse of Russell County is one of the earliest public buildings in Southwest Virginia. The simple stone structure was built in 1799 to replace the first courthouse, a […]


Smithfield, a 980-acre farm in the scenic countryside along Elk Garden Creek in Russell County, has been the home of the Smith family for more than two centuries. It was […]