Pantops, The Parsonage

Pantops, the Parsonage

This is Pantops – the Church of the Covenant parsonage, on Boonsboro Road in Lynchburg.

Pantops is the name given to the Cosby family home, where Peter Guerrant Cosby and Kathleen Cosby raised their children, Gordon, Bev, P.G. III, Jack, and Ida Gordon. The home was built in 1926, and P.G. remembers that their parents always referred to the house and surroundings as Pantops. Pantops is a popular name in the Charlottesville area, denoting a piece of property that belonged to Thomas Jefferson, which he gave to his daughter as a dowry. The word means something like wide or panoramic view.

The Church of the Covenant purchased the home in 2009, after P.G. was no longer able to live there. It was renovated from November 2009 to May 2010 to be a parsonage for the church. David and Kaye Edwards made their home at Pantops until his retirement at the end of 2015.

An apartment on the second floor has been renovated to be part of Chrysalis Interfaith Retreat Center, for persons seeking a longer term retreat or sabbatical time. It will also be used as added space for larger groups coming to the retreat center.