Elks National Home

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Elks National Home
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Elks National Home is located in Virginia
Elks National Home
Elks National Home is located in the US
Elks National Home
Location931 Ashland Ave., Bedford, Virginia
Coordinates37°20′34″N 79°32′06″W / 37.34289°N 79.53498°W / 37.34289; -79.53498Coordinates: 37°20′34″N 79°32′06″W / 37.34289°N 79.53498°W / 37.34289; -79.53498
Area100 acres (40 ha)
ArchitectOttenheimer Stern & Reichert; Clinton & Russell; Clark & Crowe
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Mediterranean Revival
NRHP reference #08000479[1]
VLR #141-0060
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 29, 2008
Designated VLRMarch 20, 2008[2]

English Meadows Elks Home (formerly The Elks National Home) is a retirement home and national historic district located at Bedford, Virginia. It was built in 1916 by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, who first started the home in 1903. The Elks National Home historic district includes 23 contributing buildings, 3 contributing sites, 1 contributing structure, and 2 contributing objects.[3]

The Elks Home is popular locally for the large display of Christmas decorations it puts up each year. Visitors enter the driveway in their vehicles and slowly proceed through the displays, which line the driveway, free of charge.

The Elks Home was featured briefly in the 1991 film What About Bob?, where it stands in as a mental institution.[4]

Its 100-acre (40 ha) property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.[1]

In 2013, The Elks National Home was sold to New River Assisted Living for 4.5 million dollars. The name was changed to English Meadows Elks Home.[5]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "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. ^ J. Daniel Pezzoni (December 2007). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Elks National Home" (PDF). and Accompanying four photos
  4. ^ Causey, Anne Patterson; Blackwell, Mary Alice (2005). "Virginia's Blue Ridge". Globe Pequot. ISBN 9780762734603.
  5. ^ "Sale of Elks National Home in Bedford announced". Retrieved 2016-09-06.

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