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037-0105 The Lock Keeper's House

The Lock Keeper's House
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 09/17/1975

NRHP Listing Date 11/21/1974

DHR's Virginia Board of Historic Resources easement

NPS property number 74002119

This relic of Virginia’s canal era was built ca. 1836, following the opening of the Maidens to Lynchburg portion of the James River and Kanawha Canal. Serving lock no. 7, the stone and frame structure, with its typical center chimney, was the scene of much activity during its some thirty years of service. Horses were changed there, invoices checked, and tolls collected. The house also served as a tavern and offered simple accommodations for passengers and canalboat crews. A separate interior stair leads to the guest quarters. It passed out of service when the canal was replaced by the Richmond and Alleghany Railroad, now the part of the CSX system. The tracks were laid on the towpath. It is believed to be one of only two remaining lock-keeper’s houses remaining in the state.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018