Scott-Walker House

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The solidly built Scott-Walker House is the oldest stone farmhouse in Smyth County and an outstanding example of the region’s early vernacular architecture. It was erected sometime between 1800 and 1815 for Charles Scott, a prosperous farmer and slave owner, in what was then Washington County. Little changed since Scott’s tenure, the house is constructed with massive walls of coursed limestone rubble. The interior has a hall/parlor plan and features exceptional decorative woodwork including cornices with punch-and-dentil work. The mantels are decorated with unusual scalloped frieze panels. Taking advantage of the area’s abundance of timber, the woodwork employs unpainted maple, cherry, and walnut. Original flooring and hardware, including decorative strap hinges, also remain in place. An unusual feature is the finished attic space with wide boards lining the ceiling and knee walls.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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

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