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101-0003 June Tolliver House

June Tolliver House
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VLR Listing Date 07/17/1973

NRHP Listing Date 08/28/1973

NPS property number 73002067

This modified Queen Anne-style house, typical of Southwest Virginia’s late 19th-century boom architecture, was the residence of June Morris during the time of her schooling at Big Stone Gap. She was the local woman after whom the writer John Fox, Jr., patterned June Tolliver, heroine of his novel The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, published in 1908. In the book, this sheltered daughter of a local family falls in love with a mining engineer. Portraying the cultural clash that came with the region’s mining boom, the book was one of the most popular of its time. The house is preserved as a literary landmark, with the novel that made it famous reenacted here seasonally as an outdoor drama.


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

Updated November 7, 2018