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003-0018 Persinger House

Persinger House
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VLR Listing Date 12/16/1980

NRHP Listing Date 07/08/1982

NPS property number 82004668

One of the earliest of Alleghany County’s pioneer dwellings, this house was built by Jacob Persinger, member of a settler family. Persinger as a child was captured by the Indians and later adopted an Indian-style life. After he married Mary Kimberlin in 1778, she refused to live in as an Indian so he built her the present house, reported to be the finest in the county at the time. The house was enlarged to its present form with its two-level gallery ca. 1888. The original log section is an interesting vernacular structure retaining numerous original features including a finely joined vertical board partition with beveled joints. It has a hall/parlor plan, a standard one for 18th-century Virginia vernacular dwellings.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018