Ben Dover (NRIS 00000311)

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

13 contributing buildings. 8 contributing sites.

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

Also known as:

  • 37-78
  • Ben Dover Farm

From Wikipedia:

Ben Dover (Manakin-Sabot, Virginia)
Ben Dover, also known as Ben Dover Farm, is a historic home and plantation complex, recognized as a national historic district, located near Manakin-Sabot in Goochland County, Virginia, United States. The district encompasses 13 contributing buildings, 8 contributing sites, and 10 contributing structures. The main dwelling was built in 1853 as a villa or the Big House of the plantation, in an Italianate style. When renovated in 1930, it was transformed when given a Colonial Revival facade to mask decades of deterioration and poor patchwork. Contributing buildings, many of later construction, include tenant houses, a converted servants quarters (former slave 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. Among these sites are two ruinous barns, a bridge ruin, an old road trace, and remains of landscape terracing. Together tThey represent the evolution of the Virginia plantation from the mid-19th century to the present day farm.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. (read more...)

Architectural styles:

  • Colonial Revival
  • Italianate

Significant persons associated with this site:

  • Reed, William T., Sr.

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