John M. Lambert House. 1890

628 Chestnut Ave, Waynesboro, VA 22980

Two-story frame Victorian house with novelty vinyl siding and a metal-sheathed gable roof with a two-story gabled front wing. There is a circular vent with a pierced chrysanthemum design in the front gable and a metal vent on the ridge of the main roof. The one-story front porch has chamfered wood posts with molded neckings. The front entry has a transom and remnants of a decorative surround. Other features include a brick foundation and interior chimney, a one-story front bay window with chamfering and beaded matchboard in the apron panels, a bracketed cornice, and 2/2 windows. The house appears to be portrayed from the 1891 aerial perspective. Lambert Bros., a sash and blind factory and construction firm in Waynesboro, was listed as the owner of the house in 1899 tax records. The company most likely built the house and its mirror image next door at 620 Chestnut. The occupant in 1900 was apparently carpenter John M. Lambert, who is known for keeping a diary of his experiences as a federal prisoner of war during the Civil War. The Staunton Vindicator reported on May 2, 1890 that J. M. Lambert (then of Mint Spring) planned to erect a house in Waynesboro. F. W. McClung lived here in 1935. (Hawke, History of Waynesboro, 129)

Garden shed (wood). Late 20th c.

National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form 2/4/02