Cuckoo, Virginia

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Cuckoo, Virginia
Unincorporated community
Cuckoo, the chief house of the locality
Cuckoo, the chief house of the locality
Cuckoo, Virginia is located in Virginia
Cuckoo, Virginia
Cuckoo, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°57′8″N 77°54′00″W / 37.95222°N 77.90000°W / 37.95222; -77.90000Coordinates: 37°57′8″N 77°54′00″W / 37.95222°N 77.90000°W / 37.95222; -77.90000
Country United States
State Virginia
County Louisa
Elevation 423 ft (129 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 1496864[1]

Cuckoo is a small unincorporated community in Louisa County, Virginia, United States. It is located about eight miles southeast of Louisa, roughly between Charlottesville and Richmond. The Cuckoo Tavern stood nearby, which in 1781 was the beginning of Jack Jouett's ride to warn the Colonists of the arrival of Banastre Tarleton's British cavalry (similar to Paul Revere's Ride). There was also a large house named Cuckoo built in 1819 for Henry Pendleton on the former property of William Overton Callis. A historical marker is at the spot. Its post office [2] has been closed.

The tavern was named for the cuckoo clock on the wall, supposedly one of the first in Virginia.[3]

Earthquakes[edit]

On Tuesday August 23, 2011, at 1:51 PM ET a magnitude 5.8 earthquake was recorded[4] 2.4 mi (3.9 km) SW of Cuckoo on the western bank of Indian Creek. It was felt from Atlanta, Georgia to Quebec City, Quebec, Canada and as far west as Cincinnati, Ohio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cuckoo". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Cuckoo post office". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ Dyson, Cathy (July 20, 2003). "History and legend unlock origins of unusual names". The Free Lance-Star. pp. A7. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Magnitude 5.8 – VIRGINIA". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 

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