Scuffle Hill

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Scuffle Hill
Scuffle Hill Martinsville Virginia.JPG
Scuffle Hill, May 2010
Scuffle Hill is located in Virginia
Scuffle Hill
Scuffle Hill is located in the US
Scuffle Hill
Location 311 E. Church St., Martinsville, Virginia
Coordinates 36°41′22″N 79°51′58″W / 36.68944°N 79.86611°W / 36.68944; -79.86611Coordinates: 36°41′22″N 79°51′58″W / 36.68944°N 79.86611°W / 36.68944; -79.86611
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1905 (1905), 1917-1920
Architectural style Colonial Revival
NRHP reference # 97000158[1]
VLR # 120-0006
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 21, 1997
Designated VLR December 4, 1996[2]

Scuffle Hill is a historic home located at Martinsville, Virginia. It was built between 1917 and 1920, and it occupies the shell of an earlier house, built in 1905, which was gutted by fire in 1917. It is a two-story, brick mansion with a gable roof with dormers, two-story polygonal window bays, a poured concrete foundation, and granite belt courses. The front facade features a Doric order portico in the Colonial Revival style. The original house was built by tobacco magnate Col. Pannill Rucker and rebuilt and later owned by the Rives Brown family, and subsequently by the Pannill family, owner of Pannill Knitting. The home later became the parish house of Christ Episcopal Church. The home is named for the first plantation in Henry County, Virginia of Revolutionary War hero General Joseph Martin, who called his first acreage "Scuffle Hill," as he said he had to scuffle to come up with the money for it.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[1] It is located in the East Church Street-Starling Avenue Historic District.


  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 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ J. Daniel Pezzoni (July 1996). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Scuffle Hill" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying two photos