Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Jacob Baker Lot And Virginia City Addition
“We make it our business to procure suitable boarding houses”
In 1900, East Piccadilly Street ended at the Old Stone Church (304 East Piccadilly), and National Avenue was farmland. East of the church was a vacant ten acre lot prime for development. Fred L. Glaize, Sr., director of the Virginia Woolen Company, purchased the lot from the Jacob Baker estate in 1903, subdividing it into 49 residential parcels and one large lumber yard.
The Jacob Baker and Virginia City tracts are a time capsule of early twentieth-century housing styles, including late Folk Victorian homes along National Avenue, boxy American Foursquares on East Piccadilly Street, and modest Colonial Revival single family and townhouses in Virginia City. Nearly all of these homes contained at least one person who worked at the textile mills.
In September 1919 the Virginia Woolen Company purchased a second ten acre tract east of the National Cemetery from Dr. George Heist.
Lewis Jones Mill advertising company willingness to find housing for workers. Shenandoah Herald newspaper, 1901.
American Foursquare at 380 E. Piccadilly, 1942 (Former home of Woolen Mill employee Ed Johnston), Courtesy of Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA
Adapted from map by Wilbur S. Johnston in Weaving a Common Thread
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 39° 11.109′ N, 78° 9.633′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North East Lane and East Piccadilly Street, on the left when traveling north on North East Lane. Winchester is the county seat of Frederick County, although the two are separate jurisdictions. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winchester VA 22601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major General Daniel Morgan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Virginia Woolen Company and Lewis Jones Knitting MillOld Stone Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Early Education Of Black Students In Winchester (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Taylor F. Finley (within shouting distance of this marker); Third Battle of Winchester (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Land Grant (about 400 feet away); Piccadilly's Public House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 25, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 380 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 25, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 18, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.