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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

054-0016 Cuckoo

Cuckoo
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VLR Listing Date 04/20/1994

NRHP Listing Date 08/19/1994

NPS property number 94000550

Built ca. 1819, for Henry Pendleton, this stately old homestead stands near the site of the 18th-century Cuckoo Tavern, from which the patriot Jack Jouette began his legendary ride to warn Thomas Jefferson and General Assembly members of impending British capture. The Pendleton family was prominent in local and state affairs; several members became well-known physicians. On the grounds two doctor’s office outbuildings, one 18th century and one 19th century. The two-story brick dwelling is an interesting blend of original Federal-style details and early 20th-century Colonial Revival renovations. The interior preserves several early Federal mantels. An unusual feature is the semi-circular pent closet with demi-conical roof, also an original feature. Dr. Eugene Pendleton renovated the house in 1910, replacing a Victorian-era porch with the present classical portico. The property remains in the ownership of Pendleton descendants.


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

Updated April 4, 2018