Tauxemont - celebrating over 75 years!
The neighborhood of Tauxemont stands out from surrounding communities as a refuge for nature at its most beautiful - plants and trees, birds and varied wildlife are plentiful - and 'Tauxemonters' cherish their unique, natural environment.
Tauxemont was founded in 1941 by a group of like-minded Virginia families who formed a cooperative and purchased 12.36 acres of land for $5,680.10. Their plan was to build simple, modern, affordable houses to coexist in harmony with the natural, wooded setting. They named the community 'Tauxemont' for the Taux - or Dogue - Indians, residents from pre-Colonial times.
Developer Robert Carroll Davenport (who later developed the nearby Hollin Hills community) was president of the Tauxemont Cooperative Houses. Architect Alexander Knowlton, also a co-op member, designed the basic single-story houses, incorporating leftover World War II materiel in much of the original construction. Initially, twenty house were built on Tauxemont Road; each house measured just under 1,200 square feet and costed $5,500.00.
In addition to Tauxemont's 107 homes, the community features a park, meandering nature paths, tennis courts, and a community building which has housed Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool for over 70 years. The preschool was originally established by co-op parents in 1942 in order to provide preschool education to their own children.
Most notably, Tauxemont owns and operates it's own public water system, drawing it's water from a large, centuries-old, eastern regional aquifer via pumps in deep wells at three community well sites. The water system is licensed by, and operated under, the jurisdiction of the Virginia Department of Health. It is operated by a water committee comprised of community volunteers.
In 2005 "Tauxemont Historic District" was proud to be added to the Virginia Landmarks Register and, in 2006, to the National Register of Historic Places.