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Stafford in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Knight House

 
 
The Knight House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 27, 2018
1. The Knight House Marker
Inscription. The log house preserved on this site was built by Lewis Knight in the mid-nineteenth century, probably c. 1850, and was situated on an 83-acre agricultural parcel. Lewis Knight share the home with his wife, Roberta, and their nine children; Sarah, Wesley, William, Uriah, Henry, Martha, John, Lucy, and Mary.

Knight appears to have been a farmer of modest means, and in 1860 owned two horses, three milk cows, eight cattle, and 10 swine. Twenty-five pounds of tobacco, 250 bushels of Indian corn (typically used for livestock feed), and 100 bushels of corn were produced on Knight's farm the same year. Court documents indicate that Knight also grew wheat. In 1885, the house that stands before you was valued at $100.00, with a modern equivalent, due to inflation, of approximately $2,400.00.

Jackson Musselman, son-in-law to Lewis Knight and also a farmer, became the owner of the property after Knight's death in 1893. Musselman had married Lucy Knight, the youngest of the Knight children, in 1883. Jackson and Lucy had four children; Olie, John, Bell, and Rosser. The parcel was later transferred to Jay Musselman, the last of the Knight family descendants to own the property.

Green side bar, on right:
The house constructed by Lewis Knight is a one-and-a-half story, log, hall-and-parlor plan dwelling supported
Close up of the Knight House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 27, 2018
2. Close up of the Knight House Marker
Knight House, ca 1939 with a one-story addition (since removed). Photo provided for the marker courtesy of Richard Knight.
by an Aquia (ah qui'ah) sandstone foundation. The log walls, which were later clad in the weatherboards that are visible today, are constructed with dovetail joints at the corners.

The interior was originally painted with whitewash over the logs, which had accumulated into thick layers prior to the installation of lath and plater, the type of lath used (sawn) and the nails (small wire brads) attaching the wood lath to the logs, and then plastered, was likely installed between c. 1890 and 1920.
 
Erected 2018 by embry mill by Newland Communities.
 
Location. 38° 26.724′ N, 77° 26.225′ W. Marker is in Stafford, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is at the intersection of Coneflower Lane and Basswood Drive, on the right when traveling west on Coneflower Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stafford VA 22554, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Truslow Family Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Robertson-Towson House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Frances R. Shelton Bridge (approx. ¾ mile away); The Robertson Quarry (approx. 0.9 miles away); Accokeek Iron Furnace
Close up of the Knight House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 27, 2018
3. Close up of the Knight House Marker
Close up of the floor plan
(approx. one mile away); Austin Run Pyrite Mine (approx. 1.1 miles away); Peyton’s Ordinary (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mary Kittamaquund (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stafford.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
The Knight House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 27, 2018
4. The Knight House and Marker
The Knight House image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 27, 2018
5. The Knight House
The Knight House dovetail joints image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 27, 2018
6. The Knight House dovetail joints
The dovetail joints at the corners have been left exposed to display the construction method.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2018, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 29, 2018, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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