If the walls in old homes could talk, they would likely have many fascinating stories to tell. There are many older properties near Hampton Roads, and if you would like to take a journey back in time to learn about their history and the people who called them home, here are three historic sites you don’t want to miss.
Moses Myers House
The Moses Myers House was one of the first brick homes built in Norfolk after the Revolutionary War. According to its website, Moses was an early American entrepreneur and leading citizen who constructed the home to accommodate his growing family and social prominence. Over the years, the property was passed down through the family including Norfolk mayor Barton Myers, who was responsible for the home’s architectural restoration in 1892. Today, visitors will see furnishings original to the family and permanent exhibitions on Moses and Barton.
Hunter House Victorian Museum
Nestled in the Freemason District of downtown Norfolk, the Hunter House dates back to 1894. It was built for prominent merchant and banker, James Wilson Hunter and his family, and it is an excellent example of late nineteenth-century eclecticism, combining aspects of Richardson’s Romanesque and Queen Anne styles. The museum opened to the public in 1988 and the interior was refurbished with reproduction wall coverings, floor and drapery treatments, and upholstery on the original furnishings. Guided tours are available April through December.
Francis Land House
Once surrounded by hundreds of acres of farmland, this house dates back to 1805. The interior style is Federal and the house is furnished with a mix of period antiques and reproductions that interpret the time that Francis Land VI and his family called the property home (1805-1819). Tours explain the roles of the household members, both free and enslaved, and discuss the home’s interesting history during the 20th century when it functioned as the Rose Hall Dress Shop.
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