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081-0044 Mulberry Grove

Mulberry Grove
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VLR Listing Date 04/20/1994

NRHP Listing Date 07/28/1994

NPS property number 94000761

This picturesque amalgamation of vernacular forms chronicles building customs in the farming community of northwestern Rockbridge County. The core is a simple single-cell dwelling with an upper-level chamber constructed ca. 1790 by Joseph Skeen, a Scotch-Irish settler. In 1824 Samuel Willson, a more affluent farmer, purchased Mulberry Grove and made three brick additions employing regional Federal detailing. James E. A. Gibbs, an inventor of the sewing machine, purchased the home for his daughter, Ellabell Gibbs Moore, in 1880. M. McClung Stenett, a great-grandson of Samuel Willson, acquired the property in 1926. Additions in 1937, 1965, and 1984 expanded the house to its present form. Mulberry Grove is named for the Chinese mulberry trees that Samuel Willson grew here in an attempt to raise silkworms. An early log meat house and a double-pen log barn survive on the property.


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

Updated April 4, 2018