Walter McDonald Sanders House

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The Walter McDonald Sanders House is situated on College Avenue, formerly the Cumberland-Fincastle Turnpike, in the Tazewell County town of Bluefield. It is a large, fashionable, brick Queen Anne-style house, completed in 1896. Its complicated geometry and fine decorative detailing indicate the trappings of financial success in the late-Victorian period. A limestone springhouse, small frame dwelling, smokehouse, and granary are of the same period as the house. These buildings, on a two-acre parcel, are all that is left of a 3,000-acre farm that the Sanders family operated. The remaining property is today surrounded by commercial development and skirted by the four-lane U.S. Route 460 bypass. The Graham Historical Society restored the house for use as a museum and community center, and it now serves as a public meeting space operating as the Sanders House Center.

Last Updated: June 12, 2024

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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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