This spring, HLF placed a marker at Jordan’s Point commemorating the area’s designation as an historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The organization’s board held a ceremony there on July 3, to mark the second anniversary of the area receiving the status as a Virginia landmark. In addition to the HLF board, the event was attended by Dan Pezzoni, the author of the historic district nomination, and Todd Hamric representing Hamric Monuments, the firm that donated the stone to which the marker is mounted.
HLF has a long relationship with Jordan’s Point in Lexington, that area that served as the center of industry and transportation for the then town of Lexington in the 19th century and into the 20th century. Largely an archaeological site, two extant properties remain today within what is the historic district, the Miller’s House and Beechenbrook Chapel. HLF purchased the Miller’s House and deeded it to the City of Lexington in 2001. After a long restoration, HLF participated with the City and others in the establishment of the Miller’s House Museum in 2015.
The notion of establishing a historic district first came up in conversations between HLF Executive Director Don Hasfurther and then City Manager Jon Ellestad. As the City owns most of the area constituting the historic district, the concept of an historic district first had to be approved by city officials. After approval was obtained, the HLF board agreed to contract with Pezzoni to write the nomination. As part of the process, HLF also helped to get agreement from those property owners adjoining the proposed historic district, including those on the opposite side of the Maury River.
Following state designation in the summer of 2016, the historic district nomination then went to the National Park Service where it was approved in the fall of that year. Anyone wishing to read the National Register nomination can go the National Register page of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources website and click on Lexington. There one can read about the mills and other industries at Jordan’s Point and the road, canal and railroad that served Lexington.
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