Dr. T.M. Locke Home

Location: Woodstock, Virginia, one block north of the Courthouse on the east side of Main Street.

Built: circa 1790


27 Apr 1773: Abraham Brubaker sold to Wm. Webb.

7 Mar 1775: Wm. Webb and Mary, his wife, sold to Geo. Wetzell.

1 Jul 1777: Geo. Wetzell and Elizabeth, his wife, sold to Daniel Windle.

25 Feb 1783: Daniel Windle and Mary, his wife, sold to Wm. Strother.

23 Dec 1785: Wm. Strother and Hannah, his wife, sold to Henry Bare, who left this house and lot #107 to his son, Samuel. Samuel did not deed this property to any one, but in his will dated Jan. 9, 1843, he made his son, Nason Bare, Executor of his estate.

14 Jan 1869: Nason Bare and Rebeccah (sic), his wife, sold to Emily Gatewood.

18 Aug 1876: W.T. Williams, Special Commissioner for Emily Gatewood sold to Z.W.S.A. Nelson.

9 Feb 1887: Z.W.S.A. Nelson sold to Elizabeth Locke. Elizabeth Locke died and her will is not recorded in the clerk's office, but her husband, Dr. T.F. Locke, in his will, left this house and lot to his daughter, Olive F. Boyer, wife of G. Russell Boyer, who owned it in 1937.

Physical Description

The original house was log and it was later weather boarded. It has two front doors, one entering the room used as an office. The wide weatherboarding on the office side of the house is different from the rest of it, which is beaded. The overhead wide boards used for ceilings, and also for partitions, indicate its age. A pretty dentil cornice is across the front of the house, and the front porch is trimmed with rounded scallops, and beneath that, a row of pointed scallops.

Historical Significance

Dr. T.F. Locke was one of the early dentists and practiced his profession here for many years.

In this house was born Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood, famous in the annals of Indian warfare, who is credited with the capture of Geronimo, the Apache Chief, who surrendered to Gatewood, an officer of the Sixth United States Cavalry, and a graduate of West Point, class of 1876, who crossed the border of Old Mexico and alone entered the hostile camp miles from the command and led the Indians out.

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

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