The Pearl Hobson Home

Location: Second house south of the Lutheran Church, New Market, Virginia

Built: circa 1843


14 Jul 1843: John Hass, commissioner, sold to Tobias McGahey house and lot.

16 May 1854: Mary G. McGahey and James V. McGahey sold to William Wickes a house and lot in New Market, Virginia (#47).

11 May 1849: C.H. and Fenton Walton sold to William Wickes a certain house and lot in New Market; the north half of lot #47, being the same conveyed to said Walton by Elizabeth McGahey and the heirs of Tobias McGahey, deceased, March, 1849.

12 Jul 1854: Mary Wickes, widow of William Wickes, deceased, Cyrena, Rebecca, James M. and Clavinda Wickes sold to William Wickes the south half of a lot in New Market, Virginia.

20 May 1901: William Wickes, deceased; his heirs sold to Sadie, Lula and Mary Kingan house and lot #42 in New Market.

19 Jul 1920: Sadie Riddleberger and B.H. Riddleberger, Lula R. Maxwell and Charles, her husband, and Mary C. Kingan, sold to Robert L. Wickes.

20 Nov 1920: Robert L. Wickes and Grace E., his wife, sold to Casper P. Funkhouser and Lillie M., his wife.

1 Jun 1937: Pearl S. Hobson and W.C. Hobson, her husband, and Dorothy M. Strickler (single), sold to L.B. Yates property conveyed from Casper Funkhouser and Lillie M., his wife, to Pearl and Dorothy Strickler, July 15, 1926.

7 Jun 1937: L.B. Yates and Olivia F., his wife, sold to Pearl S. Hobson.

Physical Description

As you approach this house, you notice the typical German entrance, and the old time electric lights at each side of the door. As you enter the room you are impressed with the antique furniture you see as you pass the door, which is so appropriate in this old house. The doors are of the six paneled double cross type; the stairway is straight with plain square newel and square trim. Beside the door stands a tall grandfather's clock which originally hung on the wall, but in 1837, William Whistler of Forestville made the present frame which stands seven feet from the floor. The works in the clock are brass; the face is trimmed with painted roses and buds in pink and red; the figures on the face are Roman.

The Strickler family were originally Swiss, so it is thought the clock is Swiss made as the family brought it over with them. In the room at the left is a table and bed that once belonged to Benjamin Franklin Strickler; it is made of poplar stained walnut. In the living room is an oblong table with square, tapered legs and small drawers in the side. The secretary is beaded at the side posts and along the bottom; it has a brass lock, and small brass knobs on the extensions, and long wooden knobs on the drawers. A rocker is also made of poplar and finished in the same way. The makers of the furniture are unknown, but it all belonged to E.F. Strickler, grandfather of Mrs. Pearl Hobson, from which we judge it to be over one hundred years old (in 1937).

Historical Significance

The reason for the difference in the date of building is because it is not known which William Wickes built the house. The first owned it in 1849, or 1854. The first part of the house was built before 1843, as the deed recorded at that time mentions the house and lot. The present owner says she has been told Bob Wickes built the house.

Source: Virginia W.P.A. Historical Inventory Project, 1937

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