Bell House (Colonial Beach, Virginia)

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Bell House
Alexander Graham Bell's Summer Home in Colonial Beach, Virginia.JPG
Bell House, June 2012
Bell House (Colonial Beach, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Bell House (Colonial Beach, Virginia)
Bell House (Colonial Beach, Virginia) is located in the US
Bell House (Colonial Beach, Virginia)
Location 821 Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, Virginia
Coordinates 38°14′27″N 76°57′30″W / 38.24083°N 76.95833°W / 38.24083; -76.95833Coordinates: 38°14′27″N 76°57′30″W / 38.24083°N 76.95833°W / 38.24083; -76.95833
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built 1883 (1883)-1885
Architectural style Stick/eastlake
NRHP reference # 87000692[1]
VLR # 199-0003
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 21, 1987
Designated VLR March 17, 1987[2]

Bell House, also known as the summer home of Alexander Graham Bell, is a historic home located at Colonial Beach, Westmoreland County, Virginia. It was built between 1883 and 1885, and is a ​2 12-story, five-bay Stick Style frame dwelling. It features a wraparound porch with turned posts and sawn brackets and a central projecting tower with a pyramidal roof and balcony overhang. Also on the property are a contributing privy and garage (c. 1930). Alexander Graham Bell inherited the property in 1907 from his father Alexander Melville Bell, who acquired it in 1886, and held it continuously until 1918. It is currently for sale as a B&B. [3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Richard C. Cote and Staff (1987). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Bell House" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  and Accompanying photo