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The Oaks

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1893. 311 E. Main St.

Insurance agent and investor William H. Pierce built his substantial Queen Anne house on his marriage to Julia Baird. It is located on a spacious corner lot surrounded by oak trees in a neighborhood adjacent to the commercial downtown. Many of the houses here date from around the turn of the twentieth century. This asymmetrically massed, two-story frame house is sheathed in weatherboarding and shingles and features a conical-roofed corner tower, a polygonal wraparound porch, and a hipped roof with cross gables, one of which contains a stickwork wheel design. The house is now a bed-and-breakfast.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "The Oaks", [Christiansburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 429-429.

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