Nationally Registered Historic landmark at risk of demolition

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Photograph by Walt Lawrence

The Cornwell Farm residence in Great Falls, Virginia is one of Northern Virginia’s most significant historical properties with a 19th Century Virginia antebellum Manor House circa 1831. The property was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places on April 13, 1977.

Congressman Jerry Huckaby and his wife Sue were the last resident owners of the property until her untimely passing from cancer.


Located 12 miles from Washington, DC and just one mile east of Great Falls Village, the property offers 6 acres of land with the option to acquire up to 7 additional acres.

Note: The historians who researched and wrote a 350-page book on the property and its application for the National Register did not find documentation or archeological evidence of slave labor.  The house was built by a paid contractor and there is not evidence of slave quarters or burial grounds.  However, slavery was widespread in the Virginia colony and it would be unreasonable to conclude that it was absent on the property during its history.

Cornwell Farm is currently slated to be developed into a 6-home subdivision. However, the developer is willing to sell the property to a motivated buyer interested in preserving the property permanently with a conservation easement.

The majority of a buyer’s investment and restoration costs can be recouped from the tax benefits generated by the conservation easement.