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Berkeley Springs, West Virginia26. Wilkes Street

On the west end of Independence is Wilkes Street, for most of the town’s history the main street that extended north to Hancock, Maryland and served at the south end as main entrance to the springs. The 1894 Victorian called Highspire on the northwest corner of Independence and Wilkes was built on the site of James Wheat's 18th century, three-story lodging place. Across Wilkes is a playful Queen Anne Victorian with an unusual corner entry and interesting wood patterns in the gables. It was built in 1902 on the site of the town's first jail. The western side of the next block south has been residential since the late 19th century. The two-story brick Hovermale/Mendenhall house, built in 1884, has distinct symmetrical construction, original pegged frame windows and an unusual full front porch with two entrances. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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