THE WILSON'S BUILDING
245 Mason Avenue, Cape Charles VA 23310
In the center of a town reborn sits a building more than a century old, now enjoying its own renaissance. While Cape Charles was a bustling railroad town, the original Wilson’s Department Store was the tallest building on the Shore. Today this brick structure houses galleries and shops at the street level, and spacious loft condominiums above. Distinctive brickwork patterns and balconies distinguish each level. Visitors to this fourth floor home, named “Maçon Fraise” by the owners’ daughter due to the location at the corner of Mason and Strawberry Streets, will be impressed by the expansive view of street life below and marina and bay views beyond.
In the level terrain of the Eastern Shore, little elevation is needed to reveal this panorama. The present owners renovated in 2014. Favorite family furnishings from the 18th and 19th centuries are mixed with new works by local Eastern Shore chair makers, wood carvers and mosaic tile artists. Tall ceilings, fresh shiplap paneling and exposed brick walls add light and warmth to this unique home. Open for the first time. Dr. and Mrs. Earnest Coalter, owners.