Virginia Landmarks Register
November 21, 1972
National Register of Historic Places
April 2, 1973
Added to the Virginia Landmarks Register primarily for its architectural qualities, Elk Hill also is noted as significant due to visits from southern author Thomas Nelson Page, who worked on his writing while present. An attorney and avid traveler, Page also wrote prolifically, authoring many novels, essays and some poetry often thematically concerned with the Civil War.
TEXT OF ENTRY ON VIRGINIA LANDMARKS REGISTER
"The fertile soil of Bedford County spawned numerous fine farms in the late 18 th century. One of the oldest, Elk Hill, preserves its Federal dwelling house build ca. 1797 for Waddy Cobbs, uncle of Nicholas Hamner Cobbs, the first rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Elk Hill's Flemish bond brickwork, formally spaced openings, and refined interior woodwork are evidence of the county's early architectural sophistication. The carved decorations on the mantels are adapted from illustrations in pattern books by the English architect William Pain. The farm was later owned by three generations of the Nelson family and was visited by their relative Thomas Nelson Page, a noted southern author who did some writing here. The house was restored in 1928 by Lynchburg architect Preston Craighill, who added the Federal-style porches. A small brick office, contemporary with the main house, stands nearby."