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Lathrop House

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1882. 181 W. Water St.

Probably the first residence constructed by the company, one side of this two-story frame double building housed mining engineer William Lathrop and his wife, Harriet. It has a full-length front porch featuring unusual solid triangular roof braces. Opposite, the three, large, two-story double brick houses (1920s) were built for company officials and their families. Access to the front of these houses is provided by small footbridges over Laurel Creek. At 110 Merrick Lane, the Superintendent's House (c. 1900) is a much-altered two-story frame house that overlooks the community. Mine owners and their families often lived away from the gritty life of a company town. Some Pocahontas managers lived a few miles away in picturesque isolation in the small community of Bramwell, West Virginia.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Lathrop House", [Pocahontas, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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, 490-490.

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