Meet Cuckoo

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.”
― G.K. Chesterton

Oh hello Federalist-style-house, lover.


I do love red brick colonial!

This beauty is Cuckoo, a local landmark for nearly two centuries now, and more or less site of where Jack Jouett set off on his famous ride. He’s considered the Virginian Paul Revere who rode to warn then Governor Thomas Jefferson that the British were coming…to capture the entire state legislature. The British were led by this guy, who aside from a banner British name, was so ruthless that he was in the inspiration for the villain in the Mel Gibson film The Patriot (the one who more or less slaughters an entire family in slow motion. Also played by Ciaran Hinds opposing the slave trade in Amazing Grace – clearly a nasty fellow all around). So, well done there. We wouldn’t have wanted Tommy J. to tangle with him.


Like every other old house in the area, it was a work in progress, and additions were added as needed by the family.


You can’t take two steps in this county without tripping over one of these historical markers. The area is lousy with Revolution and Civil War placards. It’s a historical infestation – the one vermin you welcome!

all images my own

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