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The Briars Marker, B-2

Two and a half miles to the northwest stands The Briars, a stuccoed stone, two-story, five-bay dwelling that was constructed around 1819 as the home of Dr. Robert Powell Page. His daughter, Mary Francis Page, married John Esten Cooke, noted Virginia novelist, soldier, and historian. They moved to the house in 1869. Cooke lived at The Briars until his death in 1886. Besides being a very successful author, Cooke also served during the Civil War with distinction as the chief ordinance officer for Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, C.S.A. Error: Note that the last sentence on the marker is incorrect, and should read: Besides being a very successful author, Cooke also served during the Civil War with distinction as the chief ordnance officer for Maj. Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, C.S.A.

Marker Information:
Year On Marker: 1997
Region: Shenandoah Valley Region
Geographic Location: Clarke County
Physical Description of Location: Northwest corner of intersection of Lord Fairfax Highway (Route 340) and Pyletown Road in Boyce, VA 22620. Marker is on right when traveling west on Route 340.
GPS Location: 39.1006402730,-78.0413505260
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