Near the westernmost point in Virginia, only a few miles from Cumberland Gap, stands an especially interesting Queen Anne house. Built for a prominent attorney, farmer, and horse breeder, the brick house has an irregular mass, numerous projecting gables, a bay window, and a porch with turned posts and a spindle frieze that wraps around part of the front and right side. Its second-floor porch and corner gable, paneled brick chimneys, and decorative bargeboards are not often seen on Queen Anne rural houses in Virginia. The Colson House is the first architecturally distinguished dwelling encountered in the commonwealth by motorists heading east through Cumberland Gap.
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William G. Colson House
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