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042-0025 Pine Slash

Pine Slash
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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 were given to Henry and Sarah by her family on the occasion their marriage. The house was almost immediately destroyed by fire, and the couple moved into a cottage on the place that henceforth has been know as the “Honeymoon Cottage.” This ca. 1750 structure 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-roof 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 4, 2018