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Near Greenwood in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mirador

 
 
Mirador Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
1. Mirador Marker
Inscription. Nearby stands Mirador the childhood home of Nancy, Viscountess Astor, the first woman member of Parliament. Born Nancy Witcher Langhorne in 1879, she lived here from 1892 to 1897. In 1906 she married Waldorf Astor and moved to England permanently. Mirador also was home to her sister Irene, wife of Charles Dana Gibson and model for the Gibson Girl of the 1890s. New York architect William Adams Delano remodeled Mirador in the 1920s for Lady Astorís niece, Mrs. Ronald (Nancy Perkins) Tree. Later, as Nancy Lancaster, she greatly influenced interior design by creating the “English country house look.”
 
Erected 1995 by the Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-164.)
 
Location. 38° 1.698′ N, 78° 47.383′ W. Marker is near Greenwood, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker is on Rockfish Gap Turnpike (U.S. 250) east of Plank Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenwood VA 22943, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Mirador (approx. 1.1 miles away); VDOT Workersí Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Nelson County / Albemarle County (approx. 2.5 miles away); Flight of Richard C. duPont (approx. 3.4 miles away); Rockfish Gap Meeting (approx. 3.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenwood.
Mirador Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
2. Mirador Marker

 
More about this marker. The Mirador mansion is almost a mile east of this marker on the north side of the highway. A private marker the same size and shape as this marker, but mounted low to the ground, is at the entrance.
 
Regarding Mirador. Lady Astor was elected the first woman member of the British Parliament in the United Kingdom.
 
Also see . . .
1. Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 4, 2007.) 

2. Gibson-Girls. “Charles Dana Gibsonís elegant drawings captured the spirit of an age.” (Submitted on July 4, 2007.) 
 
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Mirador Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2007
3. Mirador
This view is from Ridgeley Farm Road. The estate is completely screened from US 250 by the thick stand of trees.
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 7,419 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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