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Annefield, Charlotte County, Virginia by HistoryTech, LLC

Constructed in 1858, Annefield is one of only two known Charlotte County plantation houses built in the style of Jacob W. Holt (1811-1880), a noted builder active in Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina during the second and third quarters of the nineteenth century. This excellent example of the Italianate villas that were in vogue during the Civil War period in the Upper South, along with an intact collection of dependencies, represents a microcosm of antebellum plantation life in Southside Virginia. The property served as a seat for prominent area families from the mid 18th century well into the 20th century, and these personalities had not inconsiderable impacts on local and regional events. The most prominent owner of the land was local planter, businessman, and legislator, Hillery M.L. Goode, who commissioned the present house.Because Annefield displays distinctive characteristics of the Italianate villa house form popular in the middle nineteenth century as interpreted by Jacob W. Holt, a master builder of the region, the property is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C. It is a locally significant exemplar of a relatively rare form of high-style architecture (within Charlotte County) that is the work of a master builder. The period of significance begins in 1830, the approximate year of construction of the early nineteenth century house on the property, and ends in 1950, which is the approximate date of construction of the dairy barn, which is the most recently-built extant outbuilding that is part of the Annefield complex.

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