THE BENJAMIN FOSQUE HOUSE
16 Market Street, Onancock VA 23417
Located in the heart of Onancock, its Victorian façade in full view from Market Street, the Benjamin Fosque House was built in 1883. Sawn brackets and extensive ornamental tracery adorn the gables and porches. The front hall features a long case clock from Bristol, England (c. mid-18th century). The library is well appointed with treasures from the homeowners’ time abroad including glass collectibles, an inlaid Swiss music box and a series of hand-colored Thomas Landseer etchings. The living room was part of a substantial 1987 addition. The cathedral ceiling creates a bright, open space for modern family living while following the architectural vernacular of an historic Victorian home.
Outdoors, the swimming pool is surrounded by brick patio, paths and a pergola – its white garden carefully curated to maintain a serene outdoor living space. A doctor’s office built in the front yard in 1910 was moved to the back yard in 1985 to serve as a playhouse for 5th generation Fosque children. A variety of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and perennials provide year-long color and foliage, framing views of the central branch of Onancock Creek. Open for the first time. Dr. & Mrs. Fletcher D. Fosque, owners.