You are here

Mayhurst Inn (Mayhurst)

-A A +A
1859, attributed to Norris G. Starkwether. 12460 Mayhurst Ln. (U.S. 15 south 0.6 mile from town, west side), Orange
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • Mayhurst Inn (Mayhurst) (Library of Virginia)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Now operated as a bed-and-breakfast, this is one of Virginia's finest antebellum Victorian structures. No architect is recorded, but the similarity to Starkwether's Camden (PE55) in Caroline County makes him a likely candidate. Built for Colonel John Willis, as the head house of a 1,500-acre plantation, the house is exuberant and wild, with possibly the largest cornice brackets in existence. Constructed of wood rusticated to look like masonry, with a scroll-ornamented finial, the cupola alone is worth the trip.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Mayhurst Inn (Mayhurst)", [Orange, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 129-129.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.