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Near Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

A Melting Pot House

 
 
A Melting Pot House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 19, 2018
1. A Melting Pot House Marker
Inscription.  The American frontier was one of the world's most effective architectural mixing pots.

This typical Appalachian home started as a German Blockbau style log house. Hewn (squared) logs with V-notched corner joints, spaced apart with stone and clay chink and small casement windows are of German origin.

The later heavy frame and "stick-built" additions illustrate technological advances as the valley became developed.

The "hall and parlor" floor plan and Tudor stone fireplaces are typically English. The fireplace locations make this a southern style home (northern homes had interior chimneys). The restored front porch and the summer kitchen are also typical of the southern style and show French influences.

The overall medieval portions and combination of styles have persisted in local architecture to this present day.

This architectural tradition is a testament to the strong ties to the past and melting pot heritage of the valley's inhabitants.

Reference: The American House, Mary Mix Foley
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
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38° 50.166′ N, 79° 22.399′ W. Marker is near Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, in Pendleton County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 28/55, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 28/55. Located at the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, near the picnic area entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seneca Rocks WV 26884, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. An 1800’s Garden! (a few steps from this marker); Sites Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); 10th Mountain Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); More Than One Way Up (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Luther (approx. 1˝ miles away); Eagle Rocks (approx. 4.4 miles away); St. George’s Church (approx. 5.3 miles away); Champe Rocks (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca Rocks.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a floor plan of the cabin. On the right is a line drawing of the cabin.
 
Also see . . .  Sites Homestead. Forest Service page about the homestead site. (Submitted on October 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
A Melting Pot House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. A Melting Pot House Marker
Sites Homestead Cabin image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain
3. Sites Homestead Cabin
Fireplace image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
4. Fireplace
Second Floor Beadroom image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
5. Second Floor Beadroom
The A Melting Pot House marker in 2009 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
6. The A Melting Pot House marker in 2009
A Melting Pot House marker and its surroundings image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 19, 2018
7. A Melting Pot House marker and its surroundings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,143 times since then and 56 times this year. Last updated on March 6, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on October 2, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   7. submitted on October 2, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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