National Register of Historic Places listings in Isle of Wight County, Virginia

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, United States. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in a Google map.[1]

There are 19 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county, including 1 National Historic Landmark. Another property was once listed, but has since been removed.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted July 12, 2019.[2]
Map of Virginia highlighting Isle of Wight County
Location of Isle of Wight County in Virginia

Current listings

[3] Name on the Register[4] Image Date listed[5] Location City or town Description
1 Basses Choice-Days Point Archeological District
Basses Choice-Days Point Archeological District
July 28, 1983
Address Restricted
2 Boykin's Tavern
Boykin's Tavern
June 19, 1974
West of U.S. Route 258
36°54′30″N 76°42′33″W / 36.908333°N 76.709167°W
Isle of Wight
3 Fort Boykin Archaeological Site (44IW20)
Fort Boykin Archaeological Site (44IW20)
August 1, 1985
Fort Boykin Trail
37°02′06″N 76°37′08″W / 37.0350000°N 76.618889°W
Smithfield Now a county park.
4 Fort Huger
Fort Huger
April 16, 2008
Talcott Terrace
37°06′36″N 76°39′32″W / 37.110000°N 76.658889°W
5 Four Square
Four Square
July 26, 1979
West of Smithfield on Foursquare Rd.
36°57′55″N 76°41′27″W / 36.965139°N 76.690833°W
6 P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., House
P. D. Gwaltney, Jr., House
January 27, 1999
304 Church St.
36°58′54″N 76°37′42″W / 36.981667°N 76.628333°W
7 Ivy Hill Cemetery
Ivy Hill Cemetery
April 4, 2007
West of N. Church St.
36°59′26″N 76°37′57″W / 36.990556°N 76.632500°W
8 Joseph Jordan House
Joseph Jordan House
June 22, 1979
Northeast of Raynor on Dews Plantation Rd.
36°58′22″N 76°46′10″W / 36.972778°N 76.769444°W
9 Oak Crest
Oak Crest
January 21, 1999
34457 Lee's Mill Rd.
36°40′16″N 76°53′05″W / 36.671111°N 76.884722°W
10 Old Isle of Wight Courthouse
Old Isle of Wight Courthouse
September 15, 1970
Northeastern corner of Main and Mason Sts.
36°58′55″N 76°37′55″W / 36.981944°N 76.632083°W
11 Col. Josiah Parker Family Cemetery
Col. Josiah Parker Family Cemetery
April 27, 2004
Approximately 50 yards from the junction of Old Macklesfield Rd. and Macklesfield Ct.
36°58′34″N 76°32′09″W / 36.976111°N 76.535833°W
12 Poplar Hill
Poplar Hill
August 18, 1995
7968 Purvis Ln., 0.9 miles northwest of its junction with Wrenns Mill Rd.
37°02′06″N 76°40′48″W / 37.035000°N 76.680000°W
13 William Rand Tavern
William Rand Tavern
May 27, 2004
112 W. Main St.
36°58′56″N 76°37′55″W / 36.982222°N 76.631944°W
14 Henry Saunders House
Henry Saunders House
May 19, 2004
13009 E. Windsor Boulevard
36°48′02″N 76°42′21″W / 36.800694°N 76.705833°W
15 William Scott Farmstead
William Scott Farmstead
January 25, 1991
Shiloh Dr., east of its junction with Lovers Ln.
36°48′50″N 76°42′28″W / 36.813889°N 76.707778°W
16 Smithfield Historic District
Smithfield Historic District
July 2, 1973
Roughly bounded by the Pagan River, Little Creek, and the town line
36°58′53″N 76°37′58″W / 36.981389°N 76.632778°W
17 St. Luke's Church
St. Luke's Church
October 15, 1966
4 miles south of Smithfield on U.S. Route 258
36°56′26″N 76°35′08″W / 36.940556°N 76.585556°W
Smithfield Built in 1682; one of the oldest surviving brick churches in the Thirteen Colonies and among the oldest existing English churches in America.
18 Robert Tynes House
Robert Tynes House
March 21, 2007
13060 U.S. Route 258
36°57′47″N 76°39′47″W / 36.963194°N 76.663056°W
19 Windsor Castle Farm
Windsor Castle Farm
August 2, 2000
301 Jericho Rd.
36°58′44″N 76°37′28″W / 36.978750°N 76.624444°W

Former listings

[3] Name on the Register Image Date listedDate removed Location City or town Summary
1 Wolftrap Farm
Wolftrap Farm
October 15, 1974
September 18, 2017 Northwest of Smithfield off Emmanuel Church Rd.
36°59′52″N 76°41′50″W / 36.997778°N 76.697222°W
Smithfield Dismantled.[6]

See also


  1. ^ The latitude and longitude information provided in this table was derived originally from the National Register Information System, which has been found to be fairly accurate for about 99% of listings. For about 1% of NRIS original coordinates, experience has shown that one or both coordinates are typos or otherwise extremely far off; some corrections may have been made. A more subtle problem causes many locations to be off by up to 150 yards, depending on location in the country: most NRIS coordinates were derived from tracing out latitude and longitudes from USGS topographical quadrant maps created under the North American Datum of 1927, which differs from the current, highly accurate WGS84 GPS system used by most on-line maps. Chicago is about right, but NRIS longitudes in Washington are higher by about 4.5 seconds, and are lower by about 2.0 seconds in Maine. Latitudes differ by about 1.0 second in Florida. Some locations in this table may have been corrected to current GPS standards.
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly List Actions". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved on July 12, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Numbers represent an ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  4. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-24). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number.
  6. ^ [1]
Basses Choice-Days Point Archeological District

The Basses Choice/Days Point Archeological District is a large area (more than 400 acres (160 ha)) of coastal Isle of Wight County, Virginia, that is of archaeological interest. It is located in the area between the Pagan River and the James River, north of Smithfield. The point of land at the confluence of the two rivers has been known as Day's Point since Virginia was settled by English colonists in the 17th century. Land on the point was granted to Captain John Day, and the area was known as Warrosquyoake Shire before it was renamed Isle of Wight County. In 1621 Nathaniel Basse was granted land that bordered Pagan Bay. Basse settled colonists on this land in 1622. His house was burned in the Great Massacre of 1622, when a significant number of settlers in Warrosquyoake were killed by Native Americans. Basse's settlement was rebuilt, and he was reported as owning 300 acres (120 ha) in 1625.The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Fort Boykin

Fort Boykin is a historic site in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, located along the James River. The history of the site is believed to date back to 1623 when colonists were ordered to build a fort to protect them from attacking Native Americans or Spanish marauders. The original fort, called The Castle or The Fort at Warroskoyack, would have had a triangular shape and been surrounded by a ditch. The earthworks would have been topped by palisade walls. As those threats became less of a concern, the fort was eventually abandoned.

During Bacon's Rebellion in 1677, Fort Boykin was active according to the journal of the ship Young Prince.

During the American Revolution, the area where The Castle was located was refortified. The new fort was named Fort Francis Boykin in honor of a local officer in the Continental Army, who was then the owner of the site. It was also known as the Fort at the Rocks, the Rocks being the name of the adjacent plantation . What little was left of The Castle was enlarged upon with new ramparts and gun emplacements added. Military records list no engagements with the enemy either at the fort or in its vicinity and after the British surrender in 1781, the fort was yet again abandoned.

The fort is believed to have been reworked again during the War of 1812 when it was enlarged to the shape of a five-pointed star. Although the records do not reveal any direct engagements with the fort, it is known that the British ship HMS Plantagenet lay offshore in the river for several months. During that time, the British attempted to land at the wharf of The Rocks plantation, only to be beaten back by the men stationed at the fort. After the war was over, the fort was left to the elements.

The American Civil War brought a renewed interest in the fort by the Confederate army, and the size was doubled from that of its previous incarnation.

Between June 1861 and May 1862, the Confederate Army cleared, refurbished and refortified Fort Boykin as one in a series of earthworks design to prevent invasion by the Union, whose buildup at the mouth of the James River posed a severe threat to Richmond. Commander of the Virginia forces Robert E. Lee ordered Col. Andrew Talcott, State Engineer of Virginia, to redesign Fort Boykin. Similar defensive works were also in place such as Fort Huger, Mulberry Island, Jamestown Island and Drewery's Bluff.

In May 1862, the fort was fired upon by a Union Navy fleet consisting of the USS Galena, Aroostook and Port Royal. Realizing that their guns were no match to the superior Union guns, the soldiers manning the fort retreated. Union soldiers who came ashore a few days later destroyed what they could and blew up the powder magazine. For the remainder of the war, the site was used by the Confederate Signal Corps among whose ranks included poet Sidney Lanier.

After the Civil War, the fort was no longer to be used as a military installation and was again left to be overgrown shadow of itself. The property was bought in 1908 and a house was built inside its earthworks. After the last owner died in 1976, the fort was given to the state for public use. Today the fort remains largely intact, but most of the front wall facing the river has eroded away. It is now the property of Isle of Wight County, and is a public park. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 for its archaeological potential.

Isle of Wight County, Virginia

Isle of Wight County is a county located in the Hampton Roads region of the U.S. state of Virginia. It was named after the Isle of Wight, in the Solent, from where many of its early colonists had come. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,270. Its county seat is Isle of Wight.Isle of Wight County is located in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its northeastern boundary is on the coast of Hampton Roads waterway.

Isle of Wight County features two incorporated towns, Smithfield and Windsor. The first courthouse for the county was built in Smithfield in 1750. The original courthouse and its associated tavern (The Smithfield Inn) are still standing.

As the county population developed, leaders thought they needed a county seat near the center of the area. They built a new courthouse near the center of the county in 1800. The 1800 brick courthouse and its associated tavern (Boykin's Tavern) are still standing, as are the 1822 clerk's offices nearby. Some additions have been made. The 1800 courthouse is used daily, serving as the government chambers for the Board of Supervisors, as well as the meeting hall for the School Board. The chambers are sometimes used as a court for civil trials if the new courthouse is fully in use. The new courthouse opened in 2010; it is across the street from the sheriff's office and county offices complex.

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