The house at Fairview Farm is situated near the village of Rockland in Warren County in the eastern portion of the lower Shenandoah Valley on gently rolling terrain. Fairview Farm’s importance as a document of indigenous late-18th-century forms and details was long clouded by an early-20th-century remodeling that gave the house a hybrid foursquare/bungaloid appearance. Despite the changes, much original fabric was left intact, including the superb interior woodwork. Evidence for missing features was abundant. A comprehensive restoration, directed by furniture maker Peter Kramer, was undertaken in 1984 during which the stucco was removed and the portico reconstructed. As originally completed for Samuel Shackelford, member of a prosperous Warren County family, the house at Fairview Farm combined continental and English features. The continental character is seen in the three-room plan, related to the three-room Flurkuchenhaus plan employed by German settlers. The English influence is evident in the exterior chimneys, the richly detailed provincial Federal woodwork, and the king-post-truss roof framing.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark