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Near Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sites Homestead

 
 
Sites Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. Sites Homestead Marker
The marker is badly worn.
Inscription. Originally constructed around 1830 by Jacob Sites, this homestead started as a single room log cabin. William Sites, one of his two sons, expanded it into a two story frame structure in the late 1850's using locally available materials and skilled craftsmen. The fine hand crafted architectural details are typical of the period.

William Sites fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, was captured in 1862 and died here shortly after his release. Following his death various descendants lived in the house until 1947, remodeling the interior several times. After that time it was used as a hay barn until purchased by the Forest Service in 1969.

The reconstruction, started in 1989 replicated much of the original architectural detail and stabilized the structure. Work was completed in May 1990.
 
Location. 38° 50.158′ N, 79° 22.387′ W. Marker is near Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, in Pendleton County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 28/55, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, near the picnic area entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Seneca Rocks WV 26884, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Melting Pot House (within shouting distance
Sites Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. Sites Homestead Marker
of this marker); 10th Mountain Division (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); More Than One Way Up (approx. 0.2 miles away); Seneca Rocks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eagle Rocks (approx. 4.4 miles away); Smoke Hole Cave (approx. 4.4 miles away); St. George’s Church (approx. 5.3 miles away); Champe Rocks (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Seneca Rocks.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a drawing of the cabin showing the log architecture. On the right is a diagram showing the garden and other outbuildings.
 
Also see . . .  Sites Homestead. US Forest Service page about the homestead site. (Submitted on October 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Sites Homestead Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
3. Sites Homestead Cabin
Notched Logs image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
4. Notched Logs
Display on the interior showing how logs were notched to form the walls.
Plaque at the Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
5. Plaque at the Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 833 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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