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Virginia Cox papers and Woodlawn Estate restoration records

Identifier: MSS-037

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs relating to Virginia Cox. The collection also contains many records of the restoration of Woodlawn including architectural drawings, slides, photographs, newspapers, and research. The collection provides valuable insight concerning the historical restoration and renovation of a historic home.


  • 1934-2005

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open without restriction.

Biographical / Historical

Virginia Cox née Burnside, attended St. Mary's Junior College, graduating in 1949. After graduation, she remained involved in the college and surrounding community. As an active alumni she worked with the Alumni Association and maintained close contact with college president Margaret O'Brien. Virginia Cox also served as a part of the Archives Committee which helped to create the St. Mary's College of Maryland college archive, and was also involved with Historic St. Mary's City, helping create Save St. Mary's Inc. while working with many Historic St. Mary's City projects. She was a part of the Historic St. Mary's City Rescue Coalition which successfully halted the building of a new academic building on an archaeologically significant site.

In 1972 Virginia and Thomas Cox purchased Woodlawn Farm, located in Ridge, MD. Uninhabited for 20 years prior to purchase, extensive renovations and restoration was needed and began in 1980. The restoration of the home was successful with the home receiving many awards and recognitions both locally and nationally. Virginia Cox also worked with the Maryland Historical Trust which placed an easement on the home prior to the sale of the home.


3.7 Linear Feet (6 boxes and 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



Papers of Virginia Cox, St. Mary's Junior College Alumni, relating to her time at St. Mary's and her work with the college and Historic St. Mary's City. The collection also contains materials related to the restoration of Woodlawn Farm in Wynne, MD which she and her husband purchased in 1972 and began restoring in 1980.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Virginia Cox (various donations, early 2000s), P. Panzarella (2018)

Separated Materials

Several items were separated from the collection and added to other collections:

RG 3.3.1 Archives - Correspondence Virginia Cox and SMCM President Maggie O'Brien 2001, 2002 - Alumni Council Archives Committee minutes 1998, 2001

RG 15 HSMCM - Newsletter (Spring, 2002)

RG 5.2.1 Alumni Office - General - 2005 Reunion weekend (with SMCM President Maggie O'Brien's remarks) - Alumni Heritage Committee, 2001

RG 1.3 Board of Trustees General - Maryland Heritage Project materials

MSS 014 - Charter of Maryland 1632, 1965, 1983, ecumenical celebration, by W.J. Burghardt S.J. - Water Pageant of the Ark and the Dove - Final report phase III, St. Mary’s County historic sites survey : Leonardtown (3rd) and Patuxent (6th) district by Kirk E. Ranzetta.

Vertical File - St. John's Site

Processing Information

Madeline Mann (2015), Kathryn Herberger (2018).

Madeline Mann (2015), Kathryn Herberger (2018)
2015, 2018
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the St. Mary's College of Maryland Archives Repository

Calvert Hall
St. Mary's College of Maryland
47645 College Dr.
St. Mary's City MD 20686-3001 United States