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Craig County Historical Society Museum (Central Hotel)

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Central Hotel
1834; 1850s additions, Moses Lamb. 141 Court St.
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

Since its construction, the former Central Hotel on the Cumberland Gap Turnpike has been one of the town's principal buildings. When New Castle became the county seat, the initial two story four-room inn and tavern blossomed into a three-story, nineteen-room hotel, serving patrons in town for court days. Now the home of the Craig County Historical Society, which operates the building as a genealogy center and museum, the building features an extensive second-story wraparound porch with wooden columns, subtly arched frieze boards, and a balustrade with alternating vertical and horizontal railings. The porch is supported by plain brick piers that create a pleasant shaded arcade. The third floor retains its essentially unchanged hotel rooms with beaded board partitions and some intact finishes.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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