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Fotheringay

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c. 1815, 1950s. VA 460, 1.8 miles south of Elliston

George Hancock purchased considerable holdings in the broad bottomlands of the South Fork of the Roanoke River. A colonel in the American Revolution, he also served in both the state and national legislatures. His brick, two-story Federal house overlooking his farm was built as a three-bay, hall-parlor plan with a large one-bay, two-story entrance porch. In the 1950s, two matching bays were added, which gave the house a symmetrical facade. Fotheringay's elaborate interior woodwork is taken from the pattern books of English architect William Pain, the most popular source for interior decoration in fashionable Virginia residences in the early nineteenth century. A small mausoleum on the hillside above the house is the source of a persistent, though unfounded, local legend that a mid-nineteenth-century owner, Colonel Edmundson, was buried there, standing upright, to keep watch on his slaves from the grave.

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Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Fotheringay", [Elliston, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-MO22.

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 437-437.

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