The Bolling Haxall House is an 1858 Italianate Mansion replicated for Bolling Walker Haxall from a house he admired in Brooklyn Heights, New York. Mr. Haxall, one of Richmond’s wealthiest citizens, was a partner in Haxall Mills, which were among the world’s largest flour mills. He was also president of Old Dominion Iron and Nail Works and part owner of Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Company. He and his family lived in the well-appointed house until the Civil War burning of Richmond. Because he feared for his family’s safety, he moved them to his home in Orange County, Virginia. After the war, he returned to the house, which had not been harmed in any way, only to find he could not afford to support it as he had lost several of his businesses to the fire. In 1869, Mr. Haxall sold The Bolling Haxall House to Dr. Francis T. Willis, a prominent physician, for $28,000.00.
The Woman’s Club purchased the home from Dr. Willis’ grandson in 1900 for the sum of $20,000.00. The House was to serve as the permanent home of The Woman’s Club.
The Bolling Haxall House Foundation, an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was organized in 1990 as a preservation foundation which owns the historic property and raises funds to maintain its beauty. This stunning historic structure is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a Virginia Historic Landmark. The House stands as a reminder of Richmond’s remarkable past and serves the community today as a location for civic, government, and nonprofit group meetings and gatherings.
All contributions made to the Bolling Haxall House Foundation are tax deductible in accordance with Virginia tax laws.
Dedicated to preserving a Virginia Historic Landmark as a community resource
The Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to meeting the needs of the community by offering this remarkable resource for business and social gatherings, theatrical and educational programs. Continuing the tradition of preservation, the Foundation partners with The Woman’s Club to address ongoing restoration and structural issues common for a building of this age.
The Bolling Haxall House Foundation does not receive any federal funding. Funding to operate and preserve this Virginia Historic Landmark comes from community support, specifically individuals and businesses, and from foundation grants for special projects. The House is open to the public for tours and events.