Berry Hill Plantation

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Berry Hill
Berry Hill (Halifax County, Virginia).jpg
Berry Hill
Berry Hill Plantation is located in Virginia
Berry Hill Plantation
Location S of jct. of Rtes. 659 and 682, near South Boston, Virginia
Coordinates 36°41′55″N 78°56′39″W / 36.69861°N 78.94417°W / 36.69861; -78.94417Coordinates: 36°41′55″N 78°56′39″W / 36.69861°N 78.94417°W / 36.69861; -78.94417
Built 1839
Architect John E. Johnson
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 69000246
VLR # 041-0004
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 25, 1969[2]
Designated NHL November 11, 1971[3]
Designated VLR November 5, 1968[1]

Berry Hill Plantation, also known simply as Berry Hill, is located in Halifax County, Virginia, USA, near South Boston. With some 3,600 acres (1,500 ha),[4] It was one of the largest plantations to ever exist in Virginia.

The plantation was originally owned by Isaac Coles, and began using black slaves in 1803. In 1814 and 1841, the plantation changed owners, finally ending up under the control of James Coles Bruce in 1832.[4] Bruce built several additional structures on the land, including a temple-like Greek revival mansion, and stone slave quarters, which remain today. The plantation also holds one of the largest slave cemeteries in Virginia, holding the graves of more than two hundred slaves.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.[3][5]

Stone slave quarters, Berry Hill


  1. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Berry Hill". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  4. ^ a b Sale, Edith Tunis (1909). Manors of Virginia in Colonial Times. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company. pp. 270–28 1. 
  5. ^ Staff, Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, James W. Moody, Jr., Director (April 25, 1969). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Berry Hill" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying three photos, exterior, from 1969 PDF (32 KB)
  • Berry Hill [1] - Virginia African Heritage Program

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