Cedar Lawn

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Cedar Lawn
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Cedar Lawn is located in West Virginia
Cedar Lawn
Cedar Lawn is located in the United States
Cedar Lawn
LocationCharles Town, West Virginia
Coordinates39°17′6″N 77°55′22″W / 39.28500°N 77.92278°W / 39.28500; -77.92278Coordinates: 39°17′6″N 77°55′22″W / 39.28500°N 77.92278°W / 39.28500; -77.92278
Architectural styleFederal
NRHP reference No.74002004[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 4, 1974

Cedar Lawn, also known as Berry Hill and Poplar Hill, is one of several houses built near Charles Town, West Virginia for members of the Washington family. Cedar Lawn was built in 1825 for John Thornton Augustine Washington, George Washington's grand-nephew. The property was originally part of the Harewood estate belonging to Samuel Washington. The property that eventually became Cedar Lawn was left to Samuel's son, Thornton Washington, who built "Berry Hill", named for his wife's family. Berry Hill was destroyed by fire, and John Thornton Augustine built Cedar Lawn when he inherited.[2]

In the 1940s, the house was bought by R.J. Funkhouser, an industrialist who had a taste for Washington family estates, who also owned Blakeley and Claymont Court. The property remains in the Funkhouser family and is known as O'Sullivan Farms, after Funkhouser's principal venture, the O'Sullivan Corporation.


Cedar Lawn was built shortly after Claymont Court, using a plan and elevations similar to Hazelfield, adapted with a hipped roof. The two story three bay brick house is set on a raised basement. A Greek Revival front porch was added later in the nineteenth century.[3]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Ted McGee (April 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Cedar Lawn" (PDF). National Park Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-02-03. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Allen, John C., Jr. (2011). Uncommon Vernacular: The Early Houses of Jefferson County, West Virginia, 1735-1835. West Virginia University Press. pp. 86–87. ISBN 978-1-933202-87-7.

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