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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

043-0019 Walkerton

Walkerton
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VLR Listing Date 10/16/1984

NRHP Listing Date 12/06/1984

NPS property number 84000676

A massive but plain brick structure, Walkerton was built in 1825 as a tavern serving travelers along Mountain Road, once a major artery between Richmond and the western Piedmont. Stagecoaches stopped here regularly before the Civil War; as late as 1908 a large carriage shed and stable accommodating twenty horses stood in the backyard. The building takes its name from John Walker, who undertook the construction of the present building and died just as it was completed. The property was acquired in 1828 by John B. White, a licensed tavern keeper. The swinging, hinged partition on the second floor is a feature frequently found in early taverns. When opened it created a large room for dancing and receptions. The tavern’s last private owner, S. Douglas Fleet, undertook an extensive restoration of the building in the 1980s. The property is now owned by Henrico County.


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

Updated April 4, 2018