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c. 1825. 2892 Mountain Rd.
  • (Richard Guy Wilson)
  • (Richard Guy Wilson)

One of a few surviving tavern buildings in eastern Virginia, Walkerton, named for John Walker, who built it, may also rank as one of the largest. The four-chimney, five-bay brick structure rests on a high English basement. The first floor shows evidence of a “cage bar,” and on the second floor is an unusual hinged panel wall that folds in and out, originally to create private space for overnight lodgers. An early kitchen and laundry building stands to the rear, along with a smokehouse and the Hopkins family cemetery. The Hopkinses owned the house for more than 100 years, beginning in the 1830s. The property, recently restored, is now owned by the county and will be used as part of its history program.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Walkerton", [Glen Allen, 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, 299-299.

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