Harrisonburg’s Joshua Wilton House is among the Shenandoah Valley’s most 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 Joshua Wilton House received rough-and-tumble use as a fraternity house for a number of years, but is now a handsomely restored bed-and-breakfast inn in the Harrisonburg Downtown Historic District.
Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark