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Near Arrington in Nelson County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Oak Ridge Estates

 
 
Oak Ridge Estates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, July 24, 2008
1. Oak Ridge Estates Marker
Inscription. About two miles east is Oak Ridge, a 4,800-acre estate first patented in the 1730s. Robert Rives (1764-1845), a tobacco planter and international trader, built his house there in 1802. In 1867, William Porcher Miles (1822-1899), a former Confederate congressman, acquired the plantation. Nelson County native and Wall Street financier Thomas Fortune Ryan (1851-1928) purchased Oak Ridge in 1901 and transformed it into a country estate. He remodeled Rives's Federal farmhouse into a Colonial Revival mansion and built some 80 structures, including schools, a telephone company building, a movie theater, and stables for Ryan's 200 Thoroughbreds. A Crystal Palace-style greenhouse, a racetrack, and a private railroad station are among 50 surviving structures.
 
Erected 1996 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number R 57.)
 
Location. 37° 42.964′ N, 78° 54.549′ W. Marker is near Arrington, Virginia, in Nelson County. Marker is on Thomas Nelson Highway (U.S. 29) south of Oak Ridge Road (County Route 653), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arrington VA 22922, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of Rives
Oak Ridge Estates Marker image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, August 3, 2016
2. Oak Ridge Estates Marker
Marker is next to the Birthplace of Rives marker and the Oak Ridge Road is on the right in the photo.
(here, next to this marker); Cabellsville (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lovingston (approx. 3.7 miles away); Nelson County Civil War Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); Nelson County World War Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); Nelson County World War II Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); Peter Cartwright (approx. 4.5 miles away); The Rivers (approx. 4.7 miles away).
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAntebellum South, US
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2008, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,138 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 14, 2008, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 6, 2016, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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