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115-0020 Joshua Wilton House

Joshua Wilton House
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VLR Listing Date 10/17/1978

NRHP Listing Date 05/24/1979

NPS property number 79003281

Harrisonburg’s Joshua Wilton is among the Shenandoah Valley’s more vigorous examples of Victorian domestic architecture. The house also represents the late 19th century practice of businessmen erecting proud, self assertive, often extravagantly embellished dwellings along principal streets to serve as statements of their wealth and position in the community. Joshua Wilton came to Harrisonburg from Canada in 1865 and quickly became one of the town’s mercantile and civic leaders. His fancy house, showing Gothic, Italianate, and Queen Anne influences, was built ca. 1888 and clearly illustrates how such residences lent prestige to their owners while giving embellishment to the town. The building received rough-and-tumble use as a fraternity house for a number of years but is now a handsomely restored bed-and-breakfast inn.


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

Updated August 7, 2018