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Willson-Walker House

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1820, Jordan and Darst; 1984 restoration, John Milner Associates. 30 N. Main St.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

The local firm of Jordan and Darst constructed this fine neoclassical, temple-fronted building for Captain William Willson, merchant, postmaster, and treasurer of Washington College. The Tuscan porticoes of Jordan's house, Stono (RB18.1), and Washington Hall (see RB16) on the Washington and Lee campus, also by the firm, are similar. The building is note-worthy for its elaborate Federal woodwork. In 1911 Harry Walker, one of Lexington's most successful African American businessmen, opened a butcher shop here and sold his famous hickory-smoked cured hams. The interior was restored in 2008.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Willson-Walker House", [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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