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"Church Quarter" Is One Of Hanover's Last Log Cabins
Church Quarter, a charming log cabin on the Old Ridge Road in
western Hanover County, is one of the last survivors of what was
once a common house type. Built about 1843, it is essentially intact,
and is significant architecturally as the best-preserved antebellum
log dwelling in the County.
The original portion of the house features logs that are hewn
partially flat on the sides, but round on the tops and bottoms.
The board-and-batten doors, and the door hardware, are a particularly
significant feature of Church Quarter. Wide plank floors and painted
black mantels are typical of the period.
A brick orangey, known locally as the flower house, is one of only
two such dependencies surviving in Hanover County. Many of the old
flowers still remain on the property.
The three-acre tract on which Church Quarter is located was originally
part of a land patent granted in 1719 to Richard Harris, a member
of the House of Burgesses. Other prominent Hanoverians to own the
property were Nelson Berkley of Airwell and John Thornton, a juror
on the famous Parson's Cause case argued at Hanover Courthouse by
Church Quarter had a small role in history when General Thomas
J. "Stonewall" Jackson stopped for water en route to Gordonsville
in 1862. Jackson's visit was commemorated on Oct. 15, 2000, when
a Virginia State Historic Highway Marker was unveiled with a Civil
War Color Guard and "Jackson".
The Scotchtown Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution
purchased Church Quarter in 1969 and has worked to restore the cabin
and maintain it as a meeting house for the chapter.
Funds are now being raised for capital improvements such as replacing
the roof, treating the logs, repairing the smoke house and rebuilding
the brick orangey. For information and tour appointments, write
Church Quarter, Scotchtown Chapter, NSDAR, 1405 West Patrick Henry
Road, Montpelier, VA 23192.