Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
de Witt Cottage
Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
—Home of Back Bay Wildfowl Guild, Inc. —
Restoration of the house was undertaken in 1994 by the Virginia Beach Foundation and the Back Bay Wildfowl Guild. The cottage is on the National register of Historic Places, and is now a wildfowl museum.
Location. 36° 50.43′ N, 75° 58.332′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and 12th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Virginia Legends Walk (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Neptune (approx. 1.4 miles away); Atlantic Parkway (approx. 2.2 miles away); Eastern Shore Chapel (approx. The Flame of Hope (approx. 2.5 miles away); Flame Of Hope (approx. 2.6 miles away); Peace Monument (approx. 3.6 miles away); Historic Cayce Hospital Building (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Virginia Beach.
Regarding de Witt Cottage. Picture captions, clockwise, starting from the upper right:
After their parent's death and during the Great Depression, the de Witt children rented rooms to visitors vacationing in Virginia Beach.
The de Witt cottage cupoloa was and still is a distinctive landmark. In the earlier days, it was taller than many of the buildings nearby.
Cornelius de Witt used the cupola as a lookout spot for ducks and/or geese on Lake Holly, which can be seen today at 13th and Pacific Avenue.
The de Witt Cottage and Gardens.
The 22 room cottage had ample rooms for Cornelius and Cecile de Witt and their 10 children.
The de Witts kept ponies as well as cows, chickens, and rabbits on land they owned west of the cottage where The Raven Restaurant now stands.
The de Witt family named their home "Wittenzand", Dutch for "white
Also see . . . The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum web site. (Submitted on July 20, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
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