c. 1712 – Tappahannock, VA – $285,000

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314 S Water Ln, Tappahannock, VA 22560

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  • $285,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 2.5 Bath
  • 2419 Sq Ft
  • 0.02 Ac.
Located on S. Water Lane in Tappahannock's Historic District - Emerson's Ordinary was constructed between 1710 & 1712. This intriguing property has undergone a monumental stabilization & partial restoration over the last 13 years by a well-known Architect. The offering of "The Ordinary" presents a unique opportunity to make your own lasting mark on this notable historic icon, which has seen the founding of a nation, the war of 1812 & been privy to the whispers & conversations of past Son's & Daughter's of Liberty...Oh if only walls could talk...what stories "The Ordinary" could tell! Original floors, framing & period architectural elements remain which includes two massive fireplaces ideal for a Tavern, an additional 1st Floor Fireplace in the proposed Kitchen / Great Room area & 2 upstairs fireplaces. Towering Magnolias, large hardwood trees & a myriad of ancient heirloom bulbs & perennials remain from ages past. Walk to the River, St. Margaret's School, Northern Neck Burger, Local Restaurants, Pubic Libraries & the Essex Inn which is right across the street. A dynamic, vibrant community undergoing a revitalization awaits!
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Karin Andrews, BHHS Towne Realty
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6 Comments on c. 1712 – Tappahannock, VA – $285,000

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  1. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 891 comments
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    1859 Mod Vern Greek Revival
    Lockport, NY

    Words cannot describe the extraordinary historic treasure this house is! While I usually lament the plaster removal in other houses, in THIS particular house we are given the unique privilege of seeing the timber frame structure itself. Pegs and all! I would love to see historic photos of the interiors from which to guide the restoration!

  2. Sandy BSandy B says: 917 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    I’ve been looking at this gem for some time….and dreaming. I really like this area of Virginia….reminds me a lot of Port Royal in Caroline County. And the idea of my very own 18th-century tavern would be sublime. Lots to do yet on this one, although from other listing’s photos, looks like it was in pretty sad shape when stabilization began. I’m a little disappointed in the use of OSB sheathing shown in an earlier street view. However I can just picture the picket fence street side again and the colonial kitchen garden out back. Looks to me like there would be room for off street parking as there is a curb cut. I’m assuming the french door on the rear is temporary. I would back date the later interior trims where needed. The staircase as shown is not correct to the period either…could have even been a closed corner winder. I will look at it in June (along with a couple others)if still on the market. I’m curious also who the owner/architect mentioned is.

  3. JonJon says: 127 comments

    It’s good to see someone was investing in structural preservation (an architect no less!).

    Hopefully she or he saved a lot of the features like wainscotting and such. (I’m guessing yes, given the care shown in the pics.)

  4. dhemstockdhemstock says: 59 comments
    1950 Montgomery Ward kit
    Santa Rosa, CA

    Oh, my gosh. 1712 Virginia. So much history in this building. The first thing I did notice was the missing porch that is shown in the 1933 photo. Don’t know if that would have been original.

    • Sandy BSandy B says: 917 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      dhemstock, I’m sure the porch was not original. I believe a mid-nineteenth remodel led to the porch the interior door trim, the staircase, etc. This was not a “fine” house, but a tavern, an inn, probably with upstairs beds for numerous travelers. It may have had wainscoting, some paneling, etc., maybe not. I’m sure the present restorer would be most interesting to talk with. He/she would have more answers.


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