Bell House
Bell House, June 2012
Bell House (Colonial Beach, Virginia) is located in Virginia
Bell House (Colonial Beach, Virginia)
Bell House (Colonial Beach, Virginia) is located in the United States
Bell House (Colonial Beach, Virginia)
Location821 Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, Virginia
Coordinates38°14′27″N 76°57′30″W / 38.24083°N 76.95833°W / 38.24083; -76.95833
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built1883 (1883)-1885
Architectural styleStick/eastlake
NRHP reference No.87000692[1]
VLR No.199-0003
Significant dates
Added to NRHPSeptember 21, 1987
Designated VLRMarch 17, 1987[2]

Bell House, also known as the summer home of Alexander Graham Bell, is a historic home located at Colonial Beach, Westmoreland County, Virginia. It is a 2+12-story, five-bay Stick Style frame dwelling originally built between 1883 and 1885 for Helen and Colonel J.O.P Burnside.[3] It features a wraparound porch with turned posts and sawn brackets and a central projecting tower with a pyramidal roof and balcony overhang. Also on the property are a contributing privy and garage (c. 1930). Alexander Graham Bell inherited the property in 1907 from his father Alexander Melville Bell, who acquired it in 1886, and held it continuously until 1918.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. ^ HALL, TIME CAPSULES LARRY. "Bell rarely relaxed while at Colonial Beach house". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 2018-06-19.