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Speedwell (Harvey House, Starkey House)

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Harvey House, Starkey House
c. 1831; 1877 alterations, Gustavus Sedon. 6135 Merriman Rd.

Around 1819, Lewis Harvey acquired approximately seven thousand acres of land here that was rich in iron ore. He built a house as well as a highly profitable iron furnace that stood near today's town of Starkey. According to family tradition, he named these holdings Speedwell for the ship that brought his ancestors from England. The two-story, five-bay brick house has a single-pile, center-passage plan and a rear ell and porch. In 1877, Sedon remodeled the house, adding a one-story Corinthian portico and entrance.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Speedwell (Harvey House, Starkey House)", [Cave Spring, 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, 425-425.

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