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

The Alexander-Withrow House, ca. 1793

Historic Lexington

 
 
The Alexander-Withrow House, ca. 1793 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, May 8, 2021
1. The Alexander-Withrow House, ca. 1793 Marker
Inscription.  
The Alexander-Withrow House is one of the oldest surviving structures in Lexington. Dating from ca. 1793, it was built by William Alexander one of the area’s first settlers and the town’s first postmaster. A large and distinctive building, with unusually fine brickwork, it has undergone several renovations. It was badly damaged in the 1796 fire that destroyed much of the town, but it survived. In 1851, when the city lowered its streets, this house received a whole story underpinning it. The original front doors were now on the second floor level; the Washington Street door was bricked in and the one on the Main Street opened onto a balcony. Then in 1855, the owner, George Baker, replaced the original gable roof with a stylish, Italianate, bracketed one. Over the years, the house has served various retail functions on its ground floor and residential uses on the upper floors. The Withrow family owned it from 1875 to 1969. Historic Lexington Foundation bought it in that year, stabilized the exterior, and, in 1971, sold it to Carlson and Harriet Thomas who restored the interior and opened it as a country inn. In 1978 Peter and Susan Meredith
The Alexander-Withrow House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
2. The Alexander-Withrow House Marker
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completed the restoration.
 
Erected by Historic Lexington Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1793.
 
Location. 37° 47.108′ N, 79° 26.526′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Virginia. Marker is on E Washington Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is on E Washington Street, between Main Street and Jefferson Street. 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. George Washington (a few steps from this marker); George C. Marshall (a few steps from this marker); Moses Jacob Ezekiel (a few steps from this marker); George Wm. Crump (a few steps from this marker); Cyrus H. McCormick (within shouting distance of this marker); Dold Building, ca. 1820 (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Borden, Sr. (within shouting distance of this marker); William Clark (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
The Alexander-Withrow House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, August 21, 2012
3. The Alexander-Withrow House
This house is on the Register of Virginia Landmarks and the National Register of Historic Places.
The Alexander-Withrow House (<i>corner view; marker visible on pillar near left edge</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 8, 2018
4. The Alexander-Withrow House (corner view; marker visible on pillar near left edge)
The Alexander-Withrow House (<i>front balcony detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 8, 2018
5. The Alexander-Withrow House (front balcony detail)
The Alexander-Withrow House Plaque (<i>mounted at eye-level on front center pillar</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 8, 2018
6. The Alexander-Withrow House Plaque (mounted at eye-level on front center pillar)
 
 
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 519 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6. submitted on September 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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May. 22, 2022