Lexington, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Sloan House, ca. 1844-45
Alexander T. Sloan and his wife, prominent local hotel keepers, bought the land at the corner of Randolph and Washington Streets in 1844 and proceeded to build their “mansion house” and several “tenements.” This house, at 107 is one of the tenements. Typical of early nineteenth century houses in the valley, it is two stories with central passage dividing two rooms on each floor. What is unusual about the house is its site. The ground was described by Mrs. Sloan as “rough and unsightly” and it certainly was steep. The house had two stories on the front but a full three stories at the back. The present location of the road above the front porch occurred in 1851 when the streets were re-graded. Originally, the road was below porch level. The house has served as a rental property for most of its life. In 1964 Leslie Lyle Campbell left it to the Rockbridge Historical Society. After restoration in the 1970s, it served for ten years as the community’s first Visitor’s Center. (Photo ca. 1930s)
Erected by Historic Lexington Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1844.
Location. 37° 47.053′ N, 79° 26.453′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is on E Washington Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Gen. Samuel Houston (a few steps from this marker); Lexington (a few steps from this marker); Ruth McCulloch (within shouting distance of this marker); Campbell House, ca. 1845 (within shouting distance of this marker); Phil "Old Dixie" Nunn (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Castle" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Castle, ca. 1790 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jackson House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 713 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2. submitted on August 24, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.