Robert Orrick Home

Historical Significance

Robert Orrick was a prominent black citizen of Winchester born into slavery in 1841. Shortly before the Civil War, his owner, Joseph Kean (or Cain) allowed Orrick to establish a livery stable in Winchester, and Orrick continued the business as a free man after Emancipation. The livery stable prospered, and by 1870, Orrick had amassed over $3,000 worth of real estate and $2,000 worth of personal property.

After the Civil War Orrick became a noted minister, successful businessman, and real estate owner. His livery business (at the corner of Cecil and Washington Streets, and later on Braddock Street) contracted with the U.S. government to carry mail from Winchester to Romney, West Virginia. He also preached in several African-American Methodist churches in the Winchester area. When Orrick died in 1902, his wealth was estimated at $25,000 (a substantial sum at that time). He donated construction material to erect the Orrick Chapel in Stephens City and set aside land for Orrick Cemetery on Valley Avenue. 

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Geographical and Contact Information

15 South Braddock Street
Winchester, Virginia
22601

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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Robert Orrick Home,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed March 28, 2017, http://aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/364.

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