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John Fox Jr. House and Museum

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1888–1910. 117 Shawnee Ave.
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

An interesting example of cultivated rusticity, this rambling frame and wood shingle house began as a one-story, four-room cottage that had grown by 1910 to become a two-story, twenty-room dwelling. The result was a house with several gables, a shed-roofed and an inset porch, and a front exterior brick chimney. The home of popular early-twentieth-century novelist John Fox Jr., who wrote two best sellers of the era—The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1903) and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1908)—the house is set among the dark pines he portrays in his literary works. Fox and his Viennese wife, Fritzi Scheff, lived in the house until 1971. The property is open to the public as a museum in Fox's honor and is owned and maintained by the Lonesome Pine Arts and Crafts Association.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "John Fox Jr. House and Museum", [Big Stone Gap, 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, 510-510.

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