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Large swath of northern Fauquier added to landmarks register

Monday, Dec. 23 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
This building is just one of hundreds now included in the Virginia Landmarks Register as part of the Little River Historic District. - Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources moved to enshrine 23,116 acres of northern Fauquier, one of a dozen sites across the state added to the Virginia Landmarks Register.

The Little River Historic District stretches from The Plains to Middleburg, straddling the Broad Run/Little Georgetown Rural Historic District and the Cromwell's Run Rural Historic District.

Warrenton resident Cheryl Hanback Shepherd spearheaded the push to enshrine the Little River district, a process that took four years of researching land that includes nearly 1,500 historic dwellings and farm buildings.

Shepherd's grandfather William Hanback built many of the early 20th-century homes in the district, including Whitewood Farm just north of The Plains. Many of the farms in the district enjoy a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains to their west.

The district also includes 760 acres of land that once saw the Battle of Middleburg in the Civil War.

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will now forward Little River Historic District for nomination to be enshrined in the Natinoal Register of Historic Places.

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