The circa 1801 stone house has seen over two centuries of history pass by its front door and happen in its parlor. For centuries, the Ashby's Gap Turnpike (modern U.S. Route 50) has carried farmers taking their goods to market, slave coffles bearing their unfortunate victims west to east for sale to the Deep South, Civil War armies, and, more recently, the automobile.
At the time of the Civil War, Caleb and Mary Ann Rector owned the home that now bears their name. John Singleton Mosby officially formed his first company of the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry in the Rector's parlor on June 10, 1863, and Confederate cavalry commander J.E.B. Stuart called the home his headquarters during the Gettysburg Campaign.
Today, you can still visit the Caleb Rector House, and walk through its historic parlor. It is usually open during the week, but it is best to call the office at (540) 687-6681 before you come. The back porch of the house has copies of our brochures, walking and driving tours, historic scavenger hunts, and more. The Rector House is at 1461 Atoka Road in Atoka, Virginia.