The Farm (property)

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"The Farm" Estate house

This historic manor home is commonly know as "The Farm", (also known as the John A. G. Davis Farm, Lewis Farm, and the Capt. T. L. Farish Farm), was built between 1825-1827; alteration where made in 1850 and again in 1994. The Farm is surrounded by hardwood trees and has a view of Monticello.[1] It is located in Charlottesville's Locust Grove neighborhood.

It is one of Charlottesville's individually protected properties, meaning any exterior changes or potential demolition would have to be approved by the Board of Architectural Review. The property is located at 1201 East Jefferson Street.[2] The Nicholas Lewis House, also an individually protected building, sits on the property.


"The Farm" is part of a 1,020-acre tract obtained by Nicholas Meriwether in 1735 from King George III. It became known as "The Farm" because it was the one area cleared in the surrounding virgin forest at the time. Meriwether's main house burned after a few decades, and his grandson, Nicholas Lewis, inherited the property.[1] British Col. Banastre Tarleton likely used a building on the property as headquarters during the Revolutionary War in June of 1781.[3]

In 1781, near the end of the American Revolution, Daniel Boone was captured in Charlottesville by British troops while serving in the Virginia legislature. A Daughters of the American Revolution sign on the property states that he was imprisoned on the property, but that claim has not been substantiated.[4] University of Virginia law professor John A. G. Davis purchased a portion of the original property in 1825 and hired Thomas Jefferson's workmen to design and build a house which was briefly occupied by General Custer in March of 1865.[3]

The property was leased to David E. Cooke in 1866. [5]

Capt. Thomas L. Farish

On October 2, 1882, James Rhodes, the alleged murderer of Mr. and Mrs. John O. Massie, was taken from the Albemarle jail this morning, about 1 o'clock, by a party of masked men and hung to the limb of an oak tree on the property, in a field on the Free Bridge road, about half way from the town to the Bridge. At this time, the property was owned by Capt. Thomas L. Farish [6][7]


Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°01′44″N 78°28′08″E / 38.0287780761719°N -78.468879699707°W / 38.0287780761719; --78.468879699707


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Nicholas Lewis House, Michael Bednar, February 2002, retrieved 6 July 2012.
  2. "Charlottesville : Architectural Design Control District and Individually Protected Property Information." Charlottesville : Home. Web. 16 Aug. 2010. <>.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Web. The Farm, City of Charlottesville, F, retrieved 6 July 2012.
  4. Web. Georgia O'Keefe was here, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, retrieved 6 July 2012. Print. 28 February 2002 , #0104, .
  5. Web. Paul Goodloe McIntire’s Rivanna (04), Bill Emory, Fabric of History, October 2, 2013, retrieved October 3, 2013.
  6. web|url=! JAMES RHODES OF ALBEMARLE, — THE MURDERER, — Hanged to an Oak Tree. HIS MOTHER AND BROTHER INNOCENT OF THE CRIME.|last=|first=|publishdate=October 03, 1882|publisher=Staunton Spectator|archive-url=|archive-date=|dead-url=|accessdate=May 6, 2023}}
  7. Web. [1]

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