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RVA Legends — Womack House

A look into the history of Richmond places and people that have disappeared from our landscape.




1722 Stockton Street
Built, before 1869
Demolished, after 1940

Beers blows it!

The ancient looking house stood in the 1940s at the south east corner of Stockton Street at Eighteenth, very close to the street. The Beers Map of Manchester in 1876 shows it to have been owned by an E. F. Warnicke, who is not listed in the tax rolls or directories. Further searching has revealed that the owner was Pleasant F. Womack, not “E. F. Warnicke.”

(LOC) — Beers Illustrated Atlas of the Cities of Richmond & Manchester, 1877

In your face, Beers!

Womack had bought the house in 1869 from the widow of Jeremiah Hobbs. Hobbs had died in 1861. Hobbs purchased a series of lots in Marx’s Addition in the late 1850s and in 1860. This house would seem to be on one of these lots. It is not known if Hobbs actually lived there, because he had many real estate transaction in the area in the nineteenth century.

September 2016

A directory of the period listed Womack’s occupation as carpenter in the Richmond and Danville Railroad shops in Manchester. Pleasant sold the house in 1866 to his son, George R. Womack, also a carpenter, for $1500. The same year George sold it to his mother, Rebecca, for $759. At her death in 1899, Rebecca’s other heirs gave the house to George for his care of their mother in her lifetime. [OME]

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