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One of western Augusta County’s most ambitious Federal-period farmhouses, Intervale was built ca. 1819 for Jonathan Shirley. The exterior employs the plain I-house form, a house type generally associated with farmers of English and Scotch-Irish extraction. The interior, however, boasts a vibrant decorative style of woodwork favored by the German element of the region. The woodwork, which features carved eagles on three of the mantels, is the work of Christian Bear, a joiner of German descent who came to the area from York, Pa. Intervale’s stair also reflects a German influence with its heart designs carved into the brackets. Shirley sold Interval in 1841 to the Shuey family who remained there for the next 100 years. In 1885 Theodore Shuey remodeled the exterior of Intervale in the Colonial Revival style, adding the front porch and a gambrel roof with dormers.

Last Updated: March 1, 2024

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
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NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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