Near Luray in Page County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 1927 by Conservation and Development Commission. (Marker Number C-30.)
Location. 38° 38.852′ N, 78° 31.873′ W. Marker is near Luray, Virginia, in Page County. Marker is on U.S. 211 west of the U.S. Route 340 South turnoff, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Luray VA 22835, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. White House Bridge (a few steps from this marker); The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes) (within shouting distance of this marker); Massanutton (approx. 0.6 miles away); Calendine (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mauck Meeting House (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Luray.
More about this marker. This marker was closer to the White House and the river when it was first erected; the house is now west of the marker, and at a distance. It was probably moved here when the road was widened or when the new highway bridge was built.
Regarding White House. Home and meeting house of pioneer Martin Kauffman II, minister to a small Mennonite congregation. A ferry, the White House Ferry, and the White House Bridge across the South Fork of the Shenandoah River took their name from this house. The house and bridge played a critical role during the Civil War during the Valley Campaign of 1862. Confederates burned the bridge on June 2nd, just an hour before the arrival of Union forces attempting to overtake Stonewall Jackson's army, allowing Jackson to engage and defeat Generals Freemont and then General Shields at Cross Keys, and Port Republic June 8th and 9th.
Built in 1760, it is constructed of stone covered with lime-and-sand mortar. A vaulted cellar is the fort, reached through a trap door in the floor. Portholes on all sides of the cellar allow the besieged settlers to shoot at attackers.
This marker is one of several detailing Civil War activities in Page County, Virginia. Please see the Page County Civil War Markers link below.
Also see . . . Page County Civil War Markers.
Did the "White House" ever come under attack from indians? I'm asking because, in 1992 my father , Robert Presgraves, now deceased, found an indian war axe while fishing in the river almost directly across the road from the house. My understanding is that the raiding parties would stop some distance away from the attack sites, chip out these rough axes, then toss them away when leaving. I've put the axe up around here somewhere but would appreciate any information.
Editor's Note: While I can find no direct information about attacks on this particular property, it was very likely. Given the year it was built, its designation as a fort, and the events of the Massanutten area during that era, it's hard to believe it would have been ignored. For more information see the nearby marker titled, "The Reverend John Roads (Rhodes)," which is within shouting distance of this marker.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 2, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,219 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on October 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 2, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 5. submitted on January 3, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.