Hunter House Victorian Museum

  • 240 W. Freemason St.
  • Norfolk, VA
  • P: 757-623-9814

For those who might love to be immersed in history, walk down the brick streets on the waterfront to the historic Freemason district. The cobble-stone streets and grand old homes offer a view into a by-gone era. Be sure to visit the historic Hunter House Victorian Museum while you’re there. Located on Freemason Street, you’ll find that one simple step in the door will transport you to a more gracious time. Built in 1894, it was the family home for Mr. James Wilson Hunter and his wife Lizzie Ayer Barnes Hunter and their three children James Wilson, Jr., Harriett Cornelia and Eloise Dexter. With no heirs, Eloise as the last surviving member of the family, created the Hunter Foundation. According to her will, she required the foundation to operate her “residence at 240 Freemason Street … with the furniture, decorations, paintings and curios … as a museum and example of American Victorian Architecture.” The museum provides guided tours for the public April through December each year as well as offering a full season of special tours, exhibits and events highlighting the various facets of Victorian social history and custom. Escorted walking and Segway tours are available and highly recommended for this historically enriching area of downtown Norfolk!