Superbly sited on a lofty hilltop overlooking Petersburg and the Ohio River is the grand residence of J. C. Jenkins, Boone County’s only Italian villa. Constructed in 1860, this home is an artful composition of Italianate, Gothic, Greek Revival and Moorish elements.
Born in Orange County, Virginia, Jenkins was a steamboat captain who came to Boone County in 1832 and became part owner of the Boone County Distilling Company. He later raised fine livestock on his 1,200-acre estate.
The farm was added to the National Register in 1989.