Hundley Hall and Hoskins Country Store

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Hundley Hall and Hoskins Country Store sit on a shared property in the Essex County crossroads village of Dunnsville. The well-preserved Federal and Greek Revival house was built ca. 1840 for Dr. William Lowry Waring, Jr, but was remodeled with subtle Greek Revival updates by the next owner, John S. Trible. After the Civil War, the Hundley family transformed what had been a five-acre manor house estate on the edge of Dunnsville into a working farm of 124 acres with several outbuildings, including one possible quarter building that remains standing.  During the early 1870s, John T. T. Hundley used the house for a private boys’ school, also known as Hundley Hall.  These three ownerships exhibited a common historical pattern wherein locally prominent families with close social, marital, and financial connections influenced the village’s development within a rural landscape dominated by the region’s agricultural economy. Adjacent to the main house, the frame, two-story Hoskins Country Store operated between 1889 and 1913. It reflects the broad historic pattern for how general stores influenced the development of small crossroads villages during the late-19th- and early-20th-centuries. The Hoskins Store made an important contribution to the economic and social development of the Dunnsville community, providing vital goods and financial and marketing services, which proved critical for the economic recovery of rural Virginia communities after the Civil War.

Last Updated: June 20, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
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