Among the many beautiful and historic homes and gardens is that of Bremo Recess, built about 1812 by General John Hartwell Cocke. Here the general and his family resided while building Bremo, a larger and more pretentious establishment. Situated on elevated land some distance back from the James River, there is much of interest about the sturdy little house with its high-pointed roof, dormer windows and Jacobean atmosphere.
The ivy-colored stone boundary walls of Recess Garden enclose a fine collection of shrubs and fruit trees. It was laid out along geometrical lines with six square plots within its rectangular walls, each having a border of flowers or shrubs.
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