24316 Cooke St, Parksley, VA 23421
$80,000 Reduced to $79,500 Sold for $55,000
This turn-of-the-century fixer upper is the Old Parksley Hotel in Parksley, Virginia, an old railroad town in the Eastern Shore of the Delmarva Peninsula. In fact, the Eastern Shore Railway Museum is smack in the middle of this quaint town.
As you may know by now, my family loves the Delmarva Peninsula. It is where countryside meets sea. There are very few access roads to the ocean, but that keeps the area free of overdevelopment, and the locals like it that way. Parksley, however, is just a 30 minute drive to Chincoteague beaches and the wild ponies.
I enjoy researching these old properties whenever I can. The photo below is circa 1909, so the realtor’s build date of 1918 is incorrect. The Parksley Hotel was just a hop, skip and jump away from the railroad station, downtown, churches and post office, and in its earlier days was a popular stopover for traveling salesmen, being situated midway between Ocean City, Maryland and Virginia Beach.
Apparently, more recently it became Parksley Hotel General Store, purveyors of fine candies and other unique items. Owners were attempting to reopen the hotel as Virginia’s first green-friendly B&B, and the general store was created on the main level to support remodeling efforts. The goal was to be open for New Years Eve 2012 with the store as a permanent fixture in the lobby. Sadly, the B&B plan was not a success.
A historic fixer upper gem in the town of Parksley. Once the Parksley Hotel, this 1918 home is looking for a new owner to come in and make her shine again. With regal foyers, large halls and sweeping banisters the former hotel has the potential to be very special. The kitchen is large with plenty of space and the butlers quarters is very handy to prep for large parties or guests. The dining and living spaces are large and open with great front windows. The 2nd and 3rd floor respectively have 6 bedrooms. This property is being sold in as is condition .