Calvin and Caroline Swink House. Early 1890s

628 Walnut Ave, Waynesboro, VA 22980

Two-story frame Victorian house with ‘waterfall’ weatherboard siding and an asphalt-shingle hip roof with a steep-pitched Gothic Revival front gable and decorative exposed rafter ends. The one-story front porch has wood posts and is flanked at both ends by one-story bay windows with paneling. Other features include a stone foundation, interior brick flues, a front entry with transom and sidelights, 2/2 windows, a one-story ell, and a two-tier back screen porch. Civil War veteran Calvin Swink and his sons were their own carpenters in the construction of this unusual house in the early 1890s, using $800 worth of materials. Family tradition recalls that the house was built in 1890, although tax records suggest construction occurred in 1891 or 1892. After Caroline L. Swink's death her son-in-law A. C. Culton and family moved here in 1925. The Irvin family rented the upstairs at one time. (William C. Culton)

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