John Fox., Jr., House
Virginia Landmarks Register
November 20, 1973
National Register of Historic Places
June 7, 1974
Big Stone Gap
Popular novelist John Fox, Jr., lived in this house in Big Stone Gap from 1890 until he died in 1919. His two bestsellers, The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, are set in surroundings much like Fox's in Wise County.
TEXT OF ENTRY ON VIRGINIA LANDMARKS REGISTER
"John Fox, Jr., novelist of the mountaineers' struggle to cope with the mining era and a more modern lifestyle, lived and wrote here from 1890 until his death in 1919, drawing inspiration from the people and culture of the region. He is best remembered for two best-selling works: The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come and The Trail of the Lonesome Pine. The shingled house was begun ca. 1890 for Fox's two eldest brothers, who came to Big Stone Gap from Kentucky as investors in mining options. Several additions were made to accommodate more of the family, including John Fox, Jr., and his wife, Viennese prima donna Fritzi Scheff. Throughout their ownership, which lasted until 1971, the Foxes made the rambling homeplace a cultural and social center. The property is now maintained as a museum by the Lonesome Pine Arts and Crafts Association."