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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

NRHP Reference Number 05001623

Surrounded by farmland and a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Harper House is located outside Stuarts Draft in Augusta County. 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 19, 2020