80 Market Street, Onancock VA 23417
A two-story Victorian with gingerbread trim, Sans Souci rests atop a small knoll overlooking Market Street in Onancock. The French phrase translates to, “without concerns,” aptly describing this relaxing and tranquil property. The back section of the home was built in the 1850s and the front was added in the 1880s. Surrounded by established beech and hardwood trees, a boxwood-lined path leads to the front entrance. Furnished with 18th and early 19th century American pieces, Sans Souci showcases an impressive collection of tall case and mantel clocks inherited from the homeowner’s father, a local builder and furniture maker.
The interior is complemented by a fine collection of Chinese Imari porcelain, a Bombay desk c. 1700s and a rare 18th century British Bermuda headboard. When the home was remodeled in 1962, a bill of goods for building materials, c. 1858-60 was found in the rafters of the oldest section and is now displayed as a reminder of Sans Souci’s significant historical footprint. On the grounds, visitors will enjoy the gingerbread trimmed gazebo and informal gardens including drift roses, daffodils, iris, hydrangea, jasmine, salvia, magnolia and more. Open for the first time. Mr. & Mrs. John E. Morgan Jr., owners.