SITE NAME
The Briars

COMMEMORATED BY
Historical Highway Marker
B-2

LOCATION
Route 50, 3 miles northwest of Boyce
Clarke County

DESCRIPTION
Novelist, historian and Confederate solider John Esten Cooke lived here beginning in 1869, following his father-in-law R.P. Page. Cooke wrote many books and essays, including his takes on the lives of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Pocahontas, as well as Wearing the Gray: Being Personal Portraits, Scenes and Adventures of the War and Virginia: A History of the People.

TEXT OF HIGHWAY MARKER
"One mile to the north is the home of John Esten Cooke, soldier, historian and novelist. Born in 1830, he died here in 1886. Cooke moved to the place in 1869."

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