Ripshin Farm
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Ripshin Farm
Ripshin Farm
Ripshin house from southwest.jpg
Front and western side
Ripshin Farm is located in Virginia
Ripshin Farm
Ripshin Farm is located in the US
Ripshin Farm
LocationNear the junction of Ripshin and Laurel Creek Roads, near Troutdale, Virginia
Coordinates36°41?53?N 81°24?26?W / 36.69806°N 81.40722°W / 36.69806; -81.40722Coordinates: 36°41?53?N 81°24?26?W / 36.69806°N 81.40722°W / 36.69806; -81.40722
Area76 acres (31 ha)
Built1925 (1925)
ArchitectWilliam Spratling
NRHP reference #71000979
VLR #038-0008
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 22, 1971[2]
Designated NHLNovember 11, 1971[3]
Designated VLRMarch 2, 1971[1]

Ripshin Farm, also known as the Sherwood Anderson Farm is a historic farm property at the junction of Routes 603 and 732 near Troutdale, Virginia, United States. It was developed as a summer home and later year-round home by writer Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941), and is where he wrote most of his later works. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.[3][4]

Description and history

Ripshin Farm is located in a rural setting in Virginia's southwestern hills, east of the village of Troutdale. It is set on a rise overlooking the confluence of Ripshin and Lauren Creeks, and is accessed by a long drive on the east side of Route 603 north of its junction with Route 732. The property consists of 76 acres (31 ha), much of which is wooded, but with views cleared to the west. It includes the main house, two small guest cottages, and a log cabin in which Anderson did his writing. The main house is 1-1/2 stories in height, with a central section of fieldstone flanked by log wings.[4]

The property was a small farm when Sherwood Anderson purchased it in 1925. He at first lived in a log cabin on the site, while the house was under construction. It would serve as his home and principal writing location until his death in 1941. Anderson was one of the first writers of his time to create candid depictions of the sometimes gritty aspects of life, and for his frankly self-revealing works. He was acknowledged as a major influence on a generation of writers, including William Faulkner, Stephen Vincent Benet and Eudora Welty. His most popular work, Dark Laughter, was completed here in 1925.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ a b "Ripshin Farm". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b c Robert S. Gamble (June 21, 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Ripshin Farm / Sherwood Anderson Farm" (pdf). National Park Service. and Accompanying five photos, exterior, from 1970 and 1971 (32 KB)

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