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042-0025 Pine Slash

Pine Slash
Photo credit: Mike Clem and Megan Melinat/DHR, 2014

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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/09/1986

NRHP Listing Date 11/19/1987

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NRHP Reference Number 87001946

Pine Slash was the first home of Patrick Henry and his bride, Sarah Shelton. A manor house and 316 acres in Hanover County were given to Henry and Sarah by her family on the occasion of their marriage. The house was almost immediately destroyed by fire, and the couple moved into a cottage on the place that henceforth has been known as the “Honeymoon Cottage.” This ca. 1750 structure (pictured above) may be a unique survival of a rare form of colonial vernacular construction. Both exterior and interior walls are built of heavy vertical planks. The planks are sheathed with weatherboard outside but are exposed inside, their joints covered with battens. Another interesting interior feature is the simple stair with its faceted newel pendant. The cottage was enlarged ca. 1800 but has escaped modernization. Nearby is a ca. 1830 gambrel-roofed farmhouse built for the Jones family.

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

Updated: April 12, 2021