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069-0001 Fort Egypt

Fort Egypt
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 02/26/1979

NRHP Listing Date 06/18/1979

NRHP Reference Number 79003064

Fort Egypt, a massive, full-dovetailed log house in Page County near the Shenandoah River, is one of the earliest and most complete of a small group of houses erected in the Massanutten region by Pennsylvania settlers of both German and Swiss descent. Dating from the mid-18th-century, the house was the homestead of the Strickler and Stover families and is still in the ownership of Strickler descendants. Its interior spaces were organized for work, storage, and family life throughout the agricultural year. Typical of such dwellings, it has a vaulted cooling cellar, or Gewolbekeller. The first floor, arranged around a massive center chimney, follows a standard Continental vernacular form. The interior also preserves much original woodwork and hardware, including vertical board partitions and a variety of door types. The original gable roof was replaced in the 19th century by the present low-hipped roof.

[Photo credit: Calder Loth/DHR, 2004]


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


Updated: March 18, 2021