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Property Name Sebrell Rural Historic District
Reference Number 13000648
State Virginia
County Southampton
Town Sebrell
Street Address Bordered roughly by Nottoway River, Assamoosick Swamp, and Old Hickory Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/27/2013
Areas of Significance
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The Sebrell Rural Historic District is an agricultural area within north-central Southampton County that contains the remnants of Barn Tavern, an eighteenth and nineteenth century community that grew around a tavern by the same name; and Sebrell, a twentieth century rail road town that evolved from Barn Tavern. The remnants of these two villages are seated roughly a half-mile apart and contain the largest concentrations of historic buildings in the district. The surrounding area is composed of historic and non-historic farms with a mix of large and small agricultural fields, timber farms, and pasture. The period of significance for the district extends from 1761 to 1931, beginning with the construction of Barn Tavern and ending with the rerouting of Plank Road around the village of Sebrell. Although this bypass was not the only cause for the demise of the village as a recognizable entity, it marked a major blow to Sebrell as travelers were no longer routed through town. This was the first of several factors that led to the eventual demise of the village.


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