Date: c. 1833
5104 Riley Hill Road, Wendell Vicinity
National Register of Historic Places
Thought to have been built c. 1833 by Dr. Henry W. Montague, this hip-roofed Greek Revival style I-house commands a rural setting marked by a substantial yard with an early boxwood hedge, mature hardwood, coniferous trees, and a collection of early 20th century outbuildings. The house was the center of a 600-acre plantation known as “Harmony,” where Dr. Montague and his bride established residence soon after their marriage in the early 1830s. Although somewhat altered in the early 20th century with a new porch, the exterior of the house retains a good deal of its original Greek Revival fabric, characterized by such features as a boxed cornice, 9/9 and 6/9 sash windows, and molded cornerboards. Behind the house are several outbuildings, most of which appear to date to the early twentieth century. Among these are a combined smokehouse and well, a chicken house and a large gambrel-roofed barn. A small shed roof building is said to have been Dr. Montague’s office.