History of the House

8 E Washington St Lexington

Stonewall Jackson House/History of the House
Virginia Military Institute Museums & Archives
Written By Virginia Military Institute Museums & Archives

Visit the museums of the Virginia Military Institute, the oldest state-supported military college in the United States: The VMI Museum, Virginia Museum of the Civil War, Stonewall Jackson House, Marshall Museum and Library, Adams Center for Military History, and VMI Archives.

Built in 1800

The Stonewall Jackson House is an excellent example of the drastic changes a house can go through over time. Since 1800, the house has undergone over ten alterations to expand, condense, and update. The 1970s saw the meticulous restoration of the house, and then the early 2000s renovation ensured that it remains historically accurate and structurally sound for future visitors.

A timeline of the Stonewall Jackson House:

>1800: Cornelius Dorman purchases property on Washington Street and builds a brick house. >1845: Dr. Archibald Graham purchases the home and adds a stone addition. >1851: E. Washington in front of the house is lowered by roughly six feet. >1858: Graham sells his property to Major Thomas J. Jackson. >1861: Jackson leaves for war, and his wife Anna leaves for her parents’ estate in North Carolina. >1863-1906: Anna rents the house to tenants following Jackson’s death. >1906: The Mary Custis Lee Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy purchase the home for use as a general hospital. >1911-1944: The hospital annexed the two surrounding buildings and received several additions. >1974: The Historic Lexington Foundation receives the Stonewall Jackson House as a gift with the goal of restoring it to its 1859-1861 appearance. >1979: The restoration is completed and the museum is dedicated on October 19, 1979. >2011: The Virginia Military Institute acquires the museum and continues to operate the museum to this day.

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