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085-0029 Snapp House

Snapp House
Photo credit: David Edwards/DHR, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 11/21/1978

NRHP Listing Date 05/07/1979

NRHP Reference Number 79003085

This late 18th-century log farmhouse is one of Shenandoah County’s best representatives of the Continental-type central-chimney dwellings built by the area’s German-speaking settlers. The Germanic tradition is evident in the hillside setting, with the original four-room or Kreuzhaus plan log section built over a strong spring. This log section also features complex roof framing. An 1824 stone wing and the remains of a springhouse/kitchen add to the picture of early German-American life in the Shenandoah Valley. The exact construction date of the original section is unknown, although it is likely that the house was built by Lawrence Snapp ca. 1750, when he arrived in the Valley from Pennsylvania. The Snapp House has been carefully restored in recent years.

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

Updated: June 15, 2021