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069-0120 John Beaver House

John Beaver House
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VLR Listing Date 03/20/1979

NRHP Listing Date 06/22/1979

NPS property number 79003065

A rare decorative design of lozenges formed of glazed headers in the facade brickwork distinguishes this Valley farmhouse. Built 1825 26 for John Beaver, the two story dwelling combines architectural elements from both Continental and Anglo-American vernacular building traditions. The decorative brickwork, double entry, and four bay facade are related to German house forms. The hall/parlor plan and plain Federal woodwork are more standard eastern Virginia features. John Beaver’s wife, Nancy Strickler Beaver, was a descendant of Abraham Strickler, one of the Shenandoah Valley’s first settlers. A two-story ell with two-level galleries was added in the late 19th century. The house long stood in neglected condition but has been handsomely restored in recent years. A contemporary two-story smokehouse and a one-story wash house survive on the grounds.


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

Updated April 4, 2018