Hare Forest Farm

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Hare Forest Farm
Hare Forest Farm, Orange County, VA.jpg
Hare Forest Farm, Orange County, VA – Purported birthplace of Zachary Taylor (Wings to the right of main section added later)
Hare Forest Farm is located in Virginia
Hare Forest Farm
Hare Forest Farm is located in the US
Hare Forest Farm
Location VA 700 W of jct. with VA 615, near Orange, Virginia
Coordinates 38°17′12″N 78°4′46″W / 38.28667°N 78.07944°W / 38.28667; -78.07944Coordinates: 38°17′12″N 78°4′46″W / 38.28667°N 78.07944°W / 38.28667; -78.07944
Area 62 acres (25 ha)
Built c. 1815 (1815)
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Federal
NRHP reference # 91002016[1]
VLR # 068-0124
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 28, 1992
Designated VLR April 17, 1991[2]

Hare Forest Farm is a historic home and farm complex located near Orange, Orange County, Virginia, United States. The main house was built in three sections starting about 1815. It consists of a two-story, four-bay, brick center block in the Federal style, a two-story brick dining room wing which dates from the early 20th century, and a mid-20th-century brick kitchen wing. Also on the property are the contributing stone garage, a 19th-century frame smokehouse with attached barn, an early-20th-century frame barn, a vacant early-20th-century tenant house, a stone tower, an early-20th-century frame tenant house, an abandoned storage house, as well as the stone foundations of three dwellings of undetermined date. The land was once owned by William Strother, maternal grandfather of Zachary Taylor, and it has often been claimed that the future president was born on the property.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[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. ^ Geoffrey Henry (March 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Hare Forest Farm" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo