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Farr Cottage, Main Street, Fairfax, VA



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Item Title
Farr Cottage, Main Street, Fairfax, VA

Location
Main Street, VA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS VA-1388
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N959).
Moved two times; currently on Blenheim property where it will be interpreted to the public as a tenant house.

Significance: Farr Cottage is situated on twelve acres owned by the City of Fairfax, Virginia. The property includes another house, now known as Blenheim but originally part of the Willcoxon estate, constructed between 1857 and 1860. The Blenheim property is currently under development to become a museum. Farr Cottage has been moved twice, the first time out of the way of a shopping center (1962) and the second because of a housing development (2001). In spite of this, Farr Cottage is still just about a mile away from its original site at the corner of Main Street and Old Lee Highway. The cottage will be interpreted as one of two tenant houses that were on the historic Blenheim estate in the mid-nineteenth century. Most likely dating to the second quarter of the nineteenth century, Farr Cottage is significant for its log-wall construction, a technology its builders used in tandem with hewn timber framing with brick infill - or nogging - between the studs.

Subjects
Dwellings
Domestic Life


Related Names
Farr, Margaret Conn Wilcoxon.
Patram, William
White, Gwendolyn, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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