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002-0086 The Cedars

The Cedars
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VLR Listing Date 04/18/1989

NRHP Listing Date 12/27/1990

NPS property number 89001909

Maintaining a strong presence along the scenic U.S. Highway 250, The Cedars exhibits an interesting blending of the Greek Revival style with the local Jeffersonian classicism. The entablature, window trim, and interior woodwork employ Greek profiles; however, the oversize gleaming white trim against red brick, and the use of Chinese railings harken back to Jeffersonian works. The house was built in the 1850s for Col. John S. Cocke, a relative of John Hartwell Cocke of Bremo. It has had a long and colorful history, serving variously as a residence, a boys’ school, a Civil War hospital, and possibly a tavern. In 1902 the house was purchased by Chiswell Dabney Langhorne of nearby Mirador, who used the basement for gaming rooms and for many years the house was known as the “casino.” Complementing the house is an adjacent galleried kitchen/servants’ quarter.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated September 27, 2018