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|The Stonewall Jackson House on Main Street|
Jackson's life is fascinating, however for the purpose of this post, we're going to focus on the ten years he lived in Lexington. After his West Point military training and service in the Mexican War, Florida, and New York, Thomas Jackson moved to Lexington to settle into his new life as a professor at the Virginia Military Institute in 1851. By this time, Jackson was 27 years old, and still unmarried. But he decided it was time to settle down, and this new home seemed the perfect place to do so.
|Jackson Tomb & Memorial|
“Lexington is the most beautiful place that I remember of having ever seen when taken in connection with the surrounding country." ~ Letter from Jackson to his sister, 20 August 1851
This statement is remarkable, considering the amount of travel that Jackson had done up to this point between his young life and military service.
Soon, Jackson met a young woman named Ellie Junkin and he married her in 1853, however their happiness was short lived. She died in childbirth the following year, and their son was stillborn. In the midst of grief in losing his wife and son, Thomas turned to the Lord for comfort. He was a deeply sincere and religious man, which was evidenced in every area of his life.
Three years later, Thomas began his pursuit of Mary Anna Morrison. He had met her several years prior while she was visiting her sister in Lexington, and eager to start a new family, he made known his admiration of her. While they had a short courtship, their romance is one that transcends time and even their deaths.
"His garden was a source of great pleasure to him; he worked in it a great deal with his own hands, and cultivated it in quite a scientific way...So successful was he as a gardener that he raised more vegetables than his family could consume." ~Mary Anna Jackson
|The Jackson's Bedroom|
The house was originally built by a jailer in 1800. Later on, it was sold to Dr. Archibald Graham. The doctor made significant additions and improvements to the house, including a second front door that opened into a sectioned-off portion of the house to operate as his office, while the other side was his personal home. This set up would turn out to be useful for Jackson as well.
|Living Room in the Jackson house|
|Jackson's Standing Desk|
|The Hearth in Jackson's office|
|Jackson's Family Bible|
in the Dining Room
While she didn't wish to live there, Anna kept the house as a rental property until 1906, when she sold it to the Daughters of the Confederacy to serve as a community hospital.
The house served as the Stonewall Jackson Memorial hospital for over fifty years before it was changed to a museum. In 1979, the house was restored to what it would have looked like when it was Thomas Jackson's 'castle'. Today it is a museum and a wonderful monument to Stonewall Jackson and his family. It was a delight to visit, so if you're ever in the area, you should make it a stop.
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