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Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Willson-Walker House, ca. 1820

Historic Lexington

 
 
Willson-Walker House, ca. 1820 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 8, 2021
1. Willson-Walker House, ca. 1820 Marker
Inscription.  A fine example of the Classical Revival style, this temple-fronted structure was built by the local firm of John Jordan and Samuel Darst for Captain William Willson, merchant, postmaster and treasurer of Washington College. Responsible for introducing Classical architecture to the area, Jordan and Darst did a similar temple front for the main building on the college campus. In 1914 Harry Lee Walkr, one of Lexington's most prominent African Americans who ran his butcher shop here and sold his famous hickory smoke-cured Virginia hams, purchased this house. In 1984, Grant and Josephine Griswold restored the house using the Philadelphia firm of Milner and Associates. They found the original impressive, Federal-style interiors still largely intact beneath a layer of barn siding. (Photo ca. 1930s)
 
Erected by Historic Lexington Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArchitectureEducationIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
 
Location. 37° 47.134′ N, 79° 26.491′ 
Willson-Walker House, ca. 1820 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 8, 2021
2. Willson-Walker House, ca. 1820 Marker
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W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is on North Main Street (Business U.S. 11) just north of West Washington Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 N Main St, Lexington VA 24450, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Jacob Ruff House, ca. 1829 (a few steps from this marker); Lt. Gen. L.B. Puller (a few steps from this marker); Gen. John Lejeune (a few steps from this marker); Jonathan Daniels (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Ephraim McDowell (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen. George S. Patton (within shouting distance of this marker); Frank Padget (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sheridan Livery Inn, 1887 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
The Willson-Walker House image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 8, 2021
3. The Willson-Walker House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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