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101-0001 John Fox, Jr., House

John Fox, Jr., House
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 11/20/1973

NRHP Listing Date 06/07/1974

NPS property number 74002151

John Fox, Jr., novelist of the mountaineers’ struggle to cope with the mining era and a more modern life-style, lived and wrote here from 1890 until his death in 1919, drawing inspiration from the people and culture of the region. He is best remembered for two best-seller works: The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine. The shingled house was begun ca. 1890 for Fox’s two eldest brothers, who came to Big Stone Gap from Kentucky as investors in mining options. Several additions were made to accommodate more of the family, including John Fox, Jr., and his wife, Viennese prima donna Fritzi Scheff. Throughout their ownership, which lasted until 1971, the Foxes made the rambling homeplace a cultural and social center. The property is now maintained as a museum by the Lonesome Pine Arts and Crafts Association.


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

Updated April 4, 2018