Fotheringay - Elliston, Virginia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
N 37° 11.434 W 080° 14.197
17S E 567753 N 4116285
Quick Description: Fotheringay is the colonial home of Colonel George Hancock who served in the American Revolution and was the father-in-law of William Clark.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 5/24/2007 2:30:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM1K4Q
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 22

Long Description:
Fotheringay was built soon after 1796, when Colonel George Handcock bought the property from Colonel Joseph Kent who has acquired the land in 1793. Prior to 1793, William Robinson lived and operated a tavern on the property. George Hancock served as a Colonel of the Virginia Line in the Revolutionary War and was aide-de-camp to Count Kasimir Pulaski. Colonel Hancock represented Botetourt County in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1784 – 1792 and represented the citizens of the area as a member of the Third and Fourth United States Congress. Colonel Hancock’s daughter, Julia, married General William Clark of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806. Colonel Hancock died in 1820 and Legend has it that he is buried on the property either standing or seated on a stone bench so that he could look into the valley below and watch his slaves work. For more information on this legend: (visit link)

Fotheringay is still maintained as a private residence and is not available to the public. The property is posted and the coordinates listed for this waymark were taken at the entrance to the property on U. S. Route 460. Please be respectful of the property and respect the wishes of the property owner.
Street address:
Route 11/460
Elliston, Va. United States
24087


County / Borough / Parish: Montgomery County

Year listed: 1969

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture, Engineering

Periods of significance: 1750 - 1799

Historic function: Domestic Dwelling

Current function: Domestic Dwelling

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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