North Virginia Beach in 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 36° 50.43′ N, 75° 58.332′ W. Marker is in North Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and 12th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Virginia Legends Walk (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct Neighborhood Alert! (approx. 0.3 miles away); Who's in the neighborhood? (approx. 0.3 miles away); The War of 1812 / President – Little Belt Affair (approx. 0.8 miles away); The United States Life-Saving Service Stations & Crews (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Wreck of the Dictator and The Norwegian Lady Statue (approx. 0.9 miles away); Naval Air Station Oceana (approx. 0.9 miles away); Naval Aviation Monument Park (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North 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
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 sands".
Also see . . . The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum web site. (Submitted on July 20, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 815 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 20, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 4. submitted on July 31, 2013, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia.