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134-0066 De Witt Cottage

De Witt Cottage
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VLR Listing Date 04/19/1988

NRHP Listing Date 06/16/1988

NPS property number 88000748

Bernard Peabody Holland, the first mayor and postmaster of Virginia Beach, built this Queen Anne beach cottage in 1895. Its present name comes from Norfolk banker and cotton broker, Cornelius de Witt, who purchased the property in 1909. The cottage remains the sole surviving example of the oceanfront dwellings constructed at Virginia Beach during its first period of development (1883-1906). Typical of early resort residences, it has a wrap-around front porch and a small cupola. The interior is sheathed with beaded wooden boards. The last of the de Witt family moved from the cottage in the late 1980s. The property was acquired by the city of Virginia Beach and is now used as the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum. The picturesque cottage and naturalistic landscaped grounds vividly contrast with the adjacent high-density development and are a reminder of the city’s historic resort character.


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

Updated April 4, 2018