Langhorne House

117 Broad Street, Danville, Virginia

Built in 1874, as a single story residence and enlarged to two stories four years later for Col. Chiswell Dabney Langhorne (1843-1919) whose plantations lay in ruin following the Civil War. The Langhorne family lived here in straightened circumstances until 1892 by which time the Colonel had made back his fortune and purchased Mirador. This was the birthplace of his third daughter, Nancy Astor, the first woman to take a seat in the British House of Commons. In 1921, the house was moved to the adjoining lot and enlarged again to be divided into four apartments. In 1990, it was restored to its 1922 appearance, when Lady Astor gave a speech from the upper porch to 5,000 people encouraging ties between the English-speaking people of the world. It was added to the NRHP in 2006 and is owned by the Lady Astor Preservation Trust.

This house is best associated with...

Chiswell Dabney Langhorne

Colonel "Chilly" D. Langhorne, of "Mirador" Greenwood, Virginia


Nancy Astor

The Rt. Hon. Nancy Witcher (Langhorne) Astor, M.P., Viscountess Astor


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 13/04/2019 and last updated on 04/11/2020.


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