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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

063-0036 Cedar Grove

Cedar Grove
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VLR Listing Date 10/16/1979

NRHP Listing Date 12/28/1979

NPS property number 79003058

This inland New Kent farm was acquired in 1789 by Robert Christian, who represented the county in the General Assembly. The present house, erected for Christian ca. 1810 as an addition to an 18th century farmhouse, is a rural adaptation of the Richmond town house. Like its urban counterparts, the house has a side passage plan and its facade employs Flemish bond brickwork and a modillion cornice. Also, like many Richmond town houses, Cedar Grove had stuccoed lintels, but they have been filled in with modern brickwork. Christian’s daughter Letitia, born at Cedar Grove in the earlier house, was the first wife of President John Tyler. She died in the White House in 1842 and was buried in the Cedar Grove cemetery. The original frame section was replaced by the present wing in 1916.


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

Updated August 7, 2018