Bleak Hill (Callaway, Virginia)

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Bleak Hill
Bleak Hill Lane.jpg
Entrance to the property
Nearest city Callaway, Virginia
Area 20.5 acres (8.3 ha)
Built 1858 (1858), c. 1820
Architectural style Italianate
NRHP Reference # 02001374[1]
VLR # 033-0002
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 21, 2002
Designated VLR September 11, 2002[2]

Bleak Hill is a historic plantation house and farm located close to the headwaters of the Pigg River near Callaway, Franklin County, Virginia. Replacing a house that burned in January 1830, it was built between 1856 and 1857 by Peter Saunders, Junior, who lived there until his death in 1905. Later the house, outbuildings, and adjoining land were sold to the Lee family. The main house is the two-story, three bay, double pile, asymmetrical brick dwelling in the Italianate style. It measures approximately 40 feet by 42 feet and has a projecting two-story ell. Also on the property are a contributing two rows of frame, brick, and log outbuildings built about 1820: a two-story brick law office, a brick summer kitchen, a frame single dwelling, and a log smokehouse. Also on the property are two contributing pole barns built about 1930.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.[1]


  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. ^ Anne Stuart Beckett (July 2002). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Bleak Hill" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo