A.J. Bratton House. Ca.1891

649 Walnut Ave, Waynesboro, VA 22980

Two-story frame Queen Anne house with novelty weatherboard siding and a metal-sheathed gable roof with decorative exposed rafter ends, The dominant feature of the exterior is a corner tower with a flared pyramidal roof with a metal spike finial. The one-story wraparound porch has chamfered posts, decorative square-section balusters, a decorative gable with a sunburst motif and sawtooth molding in the tympanum aligned with the front entry, and another decorative gable aligned with a one-story front bay window that has a decorative surround including diagonal beaded matchboard work. Other features include a bracketed cornice, a front gable with a circular vent with a pierced pinwheel pattern as well as beaded matchboard sheathing and a small semicircular sunburst panel, a rear gable circular vent pierced with holes forming concentric rings, and 1/1 windows. An 1891 newspaper article mentions the A. J. Bratton House is one of the finest in the neighborhood. The 1899 tax records note that the property was in the estate of Susan B. Bratton. L. B. Watson occupied the house in the 1920s and 1930s. {Waynesboro Times, September 11, 1891; William C. Culton; James K. Wright)

Garage. 2nd quarter 20th c.
One-story frame with vertical board biding and a metal-sheathed gable roof.

Outbuilding. 2nd quarter 20th c.
One-story frame building (either a shed or chicken house originally) with board-and-batten siding and a metal-sheathed shed roof.

Carport (metal). Late 20th c.

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