deWitt Cottage

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Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

1113 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach

DeWitt Cottage

The cottage was built in 1895 by Bernard Peabody Holland, who called it "The Brick House."   B.P. served two non-contiguous terms as mayor of Virginia Beach, from 1906 to 1908 as the newly-incorporated town's first mayor, and again from 1913 to 1916.  His wife did not like the sound of waves breaking on the shore, so B.P. built her a larger home across the street.  

Purchased in 1909 by Cornelius deWitt, the cottage was expanded in 1917 to twenty-two rooms and remained in the deWitt family until 1988.  The house is on the Virginia Landmarks Register. With fourteen-inch-thick brick walls, twenty-two rooms, a basement and an attic, this house is an example of an early typical beach house. The cottage is now home to the Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum and the Back Bay Wildfowl Guild, Inc. (a non-profit organization).  For more information visit

historical description contributed by Martha deWitt

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