Ben Dover (NRIS 00000311)

Address: 661 River Rd. W #36, Manakin-Sabot, VA. County/parish: Goochland.

13 contributing buildings. 8 contributing sites.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places April 14, 2000.

From Wikipedia:

Ben Dover (Manakin-Sabot, Virginia)
Ben Dover, also known as Ben Dover Farm, is a historic home and farm complex and national historic district located near Manakin-Sabot, The district encompasses 13 contributing buildings, 8 contributing sites, and 10 contributing structures. The main dwelling was built in 1853 as an Italianate style villa and later transformed in 1930 with a Colonial Revival facade in place to mask decades of deterioration and poor patchwork. Contributing buildings include tenant houses, a converted servants quarters, a garage, a number of barns and sheds, a bowling alley, a smokehouse, and a stable. Contributing structures include three water towers, two well houses, animal feeders, a chicken coop, a silo and a swimming pool. The eight sites include stone foundations or sites of buildings no longer standing including two ruinous barns, a bridge ruin, an old road trace, and remains of landscape terracing. They represent the evolution of the Virginia farm from the mid-19th century to the present. (read more...)

Architectural styles:

  • Colonial Revival
  • Italianate

Significant persons associated with this site:

  • Reed, William T., Sr.