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1869. 236 Riverside Dr.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

Lackawanna takes its name from an Indian word meaning “meeting of the waters,” a reference to the house's location between the North and South forks of the Shenandoah River. The Italianate house was built for businessman Dorastus Cone. The two-story brick house has a heavy bracketed cornice that encircles the L-shaped building; double-hung windows, most with molded segmental-arched hoods; and bay windows on the side walls. In addition to the front entrance, tall first-floor windows provide access onto the front porch—the present porch is a replacement of 1904. Known in its day for modern conveniences, Lackawanna had running water, gas lamps, a coal-burning furnace, and the first telephone in Front Royal, which was installed in 1876. The house is now a bed-and-breakfast inn.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


What's Nearby


Anne Carter Lee, "Lackawanna", [Front Royal, 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, 66-66.

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