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081-0399 Rockbridge Inn

Rockbridge Inn
Photo credit: Dianne Pierce, 1994

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VLR Listing Date 04/28/1995

NRHP Listing Date 04/07/1995

NRHP Reference Number 95000398

The original core of this prominently situated tavern was built by John Galbraith in 1821-23 and was first known as Galbraith Tavern. Functioning as both a dwelling and a stagecoach stop on the busy Valley Turnpike in Rockbridge County, the finely-crafted two-story brick structure was enlarged in 1841 with the addition of a large two-story frame wing. The expansive two-level galleries were added in the 1880s when the property was owned by Col. H. C. Parsons, the primary developer and promoter of the nearby Natural Bridge. The Rockbridge Inn served as a stopping point for stagecoaches carrying visitors to see the natural wonder. The building continued as an inn operated by George W. Parsons and his wife until the 1940s when a re-routing of the adjacent highway put it out of business. The Rockbridge Inn’s interior retains features reflecting its various remodelings.


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


Updated: December 10, 2021