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Late 18th century, early 19th century, 1840s. 1024 The Great Rd., 4 miles west of Martinsville

Facing the old Carolina Road, Hillcroft is a residence put together like a string of beads. The earliest section is the two-bay, one-and-a-half-story frame cottage with dormers. It was built for Colonel Henry Lyne, a soldier in the Revolution whose daughter Susannah married John Penn, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The middle, three-bay, two-story frame section was built in the early nineteenth century for Methodist minister John Cousins Traylor. And the two-story brick section (1840s) was constructed by James Rangeley, who gave his name to the community.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Hillcroft", [Fieldale, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 235-235.

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