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111-0095 The Sentry Box

The Sentry Box
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VLR Listing Date 04/17/1990

NRHP Listing Date 02/26/1992

NPS property number 90002135

An elegant specimen of late Georgian architecture highlighted by a finely detailed porch, the Sentry Box was built in 1786 for Gen. George Weedon, a distinguished Revolutionary officer. During the Yorktown campaign Weedon and his Virginia troops held Lord Cornwallis in check at Gloucester Point. Later active in local government Weedon served as mayor of Fredericksburg. Weedon named his home “The Sentry Box” out of nostalgia for his military career. He and his wife, a sister-in-law of Gen. Hugh Mercer, befriended Mercer’s family and invited them to live at the Sentry Box. They left the property to the Mercers and Confederate general Hugh Weedon Mercer was born here. The grounds later were the site of considerable Civil War activity. Despite interior modifications, the original character of the house has been maintained. In the yard is an 18th century icehouse.


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

Updated April 4, 2018