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Cave House

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1858. 279 E. Main St.
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

Tannery owner Adam Hickman built this Carpenter Gothic House as a wedding present for his daughter. The house's three steeply pitched front gables of varying sizes have bargeboards dripping with wooden icicles. Along with a large leaded bay window and a wraparound porch with sawn balusters, and clustered columns, the house sports enough ornate decoration to make it a startling addition to sedate Main Street. The building is now home to a craft shop.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Cave House", [Abingdon, 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, 467-467.

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