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McCampbell Inn (Central Hotel)

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Central Hotel
1809; c. 1816; 1857; 1907; 1971, 1978 restorations. 11 N. Main St.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

Dominating the heart of the historic district, this inn offers an interesting building chronology that encompasses most of the nineteenth century. John McCampbell's brick town house featured a double-pile side-hall plan. A small two-room section was added to the south c. 1816 and a larger four-room part was added to the north in 1857. The structure served various purposes, as a dwelling, a jewelry store, a doctor's office, and the town's telegraph and post office, until 1907, when it was purchased by John W. Lindsey and made into the Central Hotel. Lindsey added porches to the side and rear and the balconies to the second story of the front. In 1971, the Historic Lexington Foundation rehabilitated the exterior, and stabilized the structure. In 1978, developers Peter and Susan Merridith undertook the restoration of the interior, which now serves as a historic country inn.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "McCampbell Inn (Central Hotel)", [Lexington, 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, 123-123.

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