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007-0233 Harper House

Harper House
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VLR Listing Date 12/07/2005

NRHP Listing Date 02/01/2006

NPS property number 05001623

Surrounded by farmland and a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Harper House is located outside Stuarts Draft. The two story brick house was built circa 1888 for farmer John J. Harper, his wife, Sarah, and the couple’s family, and later passed in the early 20th century to George Harper, an educational reformer who helped modernize Augusta County schools, and his wife, Carmen. The house has a richly ornamented front porch with sawn and pierced woodwork, and, inside, Greek Revival woodwork-mantels and a stair newel carved with a star design. Still in the Harper family today, the property retains several historic domestic outbuildings, including a large meat house, and a structure that likely served as a summer kitchen, laundry, and dwelling before functioning as a workshop most recently. A large mortise-and-tenon frame granary features a threshing floor flanked by grain bins and a slatted corncrib.


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

Updated October 1, 2018