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Kemper House and Inn

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Early 19th century. 8691 Water St.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

Serving many of the travelers passing through the bustling port town, especially riverboatmen, this weatherboarded inn with exterior-end stone and brick chimneys and a rear ell stands at the corner of the main road to Harrisonburg. Its irregular four-bay plan, two front doors, and long facade suggest its use as an inn but may simply reflect its construction in two phases. Today the house is a museum documenting the town's history.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Kemper House and Inn", [Port Republic, 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, 94-95.

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