The Plumb House was built in 1804 and is the oldest known wooden structure in Waynesboro. The Plumb family lived in the house from 1837 to 1994. Then it was purchased by the city. It is currently being restored along with the original separate kitchen and smokehouse that is still on the property. The brick patio is believed to have been built by slaves.
The house was between the battle lines in the Civil War Battle of Waynesboro on March 2, 1865. It is included on the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Trail. The story has been recounted of the family hiding a Confederate soldier in the well during the day and at night, the soldier would crawl into the attic and stay above the doorway at night. Near the end of the war, the town burned but the Plumb House was spared. Today, you can see a 69 caliber shot and a piece of canister shot in one of the doors.
Inside the house you will find exhibits on the Civil War, Native American artifacts, and other Waynesboro history. Call ahead for dates and times that the house is open for tours.
In one of the doors there were musket bullets still stuck there that no one took out. There were butterflies from all over the world. And a rocking chair over 150 years old. There was a pipe fragment from the water system from long ago. It was made out of a log. They also had a wide collection of musket bullets. There were many interesting things here.
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