Almshouse Farm at Machipongo

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Almshouse Farm at Machipongo
Northhampton County Almshouse.jpg
Almshouse Farm at Machipongo is located in Virginia
Almshouse Farm at Machipongo
Almshouse Farm at Machipongo is located in the US
Almshouse Farm at Machipongo
Location 12402 Lankford Hwy., Machipongo, Virginia
Coordinates 37°24′15″N 75°54′21″W / 37.40417°N 75.90583°W / 37.40417; -75.90583Coordinates: 37°24′15″N 75°54′21″W / 37.40417°N 75.90583°W / 37.40417; -75.90583
Area 17.9 acres (7.2 ha)
Built c. 1725 (1725), c. 1840, 1910
Built by W.G. Dondelton, David A. Dunton,
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP reference # 02000317[1]
VLR # 065-0053
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 1, 2002
Designated VLR September 12, 2001[2]

Almshouse Farm at Machipongo, now known as the Barrier Islands Center, is a historic almshouse for African-Americans located at Machipongo, Northampton County, Virginia. The oldest of the three main buildings was built about 1725, and is a 1 1/2-half story structure built in two parts, one brick and one frame, and probably predates the almshouse use of the property. The main building was built about 1840, and is a frame, two-story building in the vernacular Greek Revival style. It housed residents of the almshouse farm. A building dated to 1910, is a one-story frame building in a form resembling that of one-story frame school buildings from the same period. Also on the property are two contributing small, frame, late-19 or early 20th-century outbuildings. The Northampton County Almshouse Farm was in continuous operation between 1803 and 1952.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[1]

Barrier Islands Center[edit]

The Barrier Islands Center is housed on the former site of the Almshouse Farm. The Center has three main activities, as a local history museum, as an education and enrichment center, and as a community gathering place.

The Barrier Islands Center Museum interprets the culture and history of the people of the Barrier Islands using historic photographs and artifacts.

The Center offers programs, workshops, concerts and events about the arts, culture, nature, science and history for all ages.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Richard S. Funk (May 2001). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Almshouse Farm at Machipongo" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo

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