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c. 1830. 8106 Three Chopt Rd.

Cheswick was probably built for George G. Exall, who advertised his “Cheswick Classical & English School” in an 1857 edition of the American Democrat newspaper. The substantial tract, later referred to as Franklin Farm, survived through the post–World War II building boom, but in the early 1970s the Franklin family sold it to Koger Properties. The house was spared demolition when, to make way for the Koger Executive Center, the new owners moved it about 500 feet west. The one-and-one-halfstory, heavy timber-frame house was set on an already existing raised English basement. The five-bay, center-hall plan has survived, as have the original exterior and interior trim. The exterior end chimneys are reconstructions.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Cheswick", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 292-292.

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