By Lynn R. Mitchell
The Oaks, the historic home owned by Stonewall Jackson’s map maker Jedediah Hotchkiss, is located at 437 East Beverley Street in Staunton. Built by Hotchkiss in 1888, it is a Queen Anne and Eastlake-style mansion that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmark Register. The three-story house on 1.45 acres complete with carriage house is for sale for $1.5 million (see Home of Legendary War Cartographer Jedediah Hotchkiss for sale in Virginia).
During the Civil War, Hotchkiss’ detailed maps of the Shenandoah Valley were a basis of Jackson’s victories during the Valley Campaign of 1862. His story is a fascinating one — a New Yorker who moved south and lived out his years in Staunton. An educator, he opened the Loch Willow school for boys in Churchville in western Augusta County. Hotchkiss Road is a reminder of his contribution to the community.