Stafford in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Knight House
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
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 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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
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. Touch for directions.
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 BridgeThe Robertson Quarry (approx. 0.9 miles away); Accokeek Iron Furnace (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.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2018, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 29, 2018, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.