The Master Bedroom

8 E Washington St Lexington

Stonewall Jackson House/The Master Bedroom
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.

Located on the first floor, the master bedroom was the most private room in the house.

Even a peek inside would be improper for a guest in the 1850s; but, you are in luck! The master bedroom is one of our favorite rooms to take visitors through because it presents Jackson’s most guarded side: the relationships with his wives. Shortly after moving to Lexington, Jackson met his first wife, Elinor “Ellie” Junkin. Ellie was the daughter of Dr. Rev. George Junkin, president of Washington College (now Washington and lee University). Three years after Ellie passed away, Jackson married his second wife, Mary Anna Morrison, in 1857.

Like the Kitchen, the master bedroom is also part of the stone addition to the house. When restoration architect explored the architectural features of the room, we discovered that the mantel above the fireplace is original to the 1845 addition. The Jacksons used the four-post rope bed in their master bedroom, or in a guest bedroom on the second floor. Many of the furnishings belonged to Jackson or used while married to Ellie or Anna. From the Jackson’s rope bed and commode, to the chest of drawers and washstand, there is so much to learn and see in the Jackson’s master bedroom!

You will also find Jackson's shaving stand, razor, razor case, and shaving brush on display in the master bedroom!

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