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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

132-0014 Wharf Area Historic District

Wharf Area Historic District
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 12/21/1971

NRHP Listing Date 11/09/1972

NPS property number 72001533

The completion of the Virginia Central Railroad to Staunton in 1854 made this Valley community an active shipping point. The area around the depot, along Middlebrook Avenue, became a busy commercial area, its importance was signaled by the construction of the extant Greek Revival American Hotel in 1857. The colorful range of warehouses lining the tracks today date mostly from the last quarter of the 19th century and served commission merchants, wholesale grocers, saloon keepers, and liveries. The district’s eastern end is marked by the turn-of-the-century White Star Mill, now remodeled as a restaurant. The small but well-defined neighborhood has been the scene of considerable preservation activity which has protected its character and enhanced the economy of downtown Staunton. The area was named the Wharf because it was a shipping point; there is no body of water.


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

Updated April 4, 2018