Lord Culpeper Hotel

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Opened to local acclaim in 1933, the Lord Culpeper Hotel in the town of Culpeper is a stylish Colonial Revival building. The hotel opened when the business- and tourism-dependent hotel industry began rebounding from the Great Depression with a cautious optimism at the prospect of newly-elected President Roosevelt’s New Deal and the likelihood of Prohibition’s repeal. Unlike Culpeper’s earlier hotels, which catered to rail travelers, the Lord Culpeper appealed to motorists. A project of local business leader Charles Henry Hitt, whose contracting firm likely constructed the building, the hotel was managed and later owned by E. Jackson Eggborn, Jr., a onetime Culpeper mayor. The Lord Culpeper Hotel is locally important as a Culpeper hostelry and Depression-era business initiative, and it illustrates the popularity of Colonial Revival hotels built throughout small-town Virginia during the 1920s. In 1939, a two-story rear addition enlarged the original thirty-room, three-story building.


Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
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