Near Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
A Melting Pot House
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 now gone front and back porches and 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
Location. 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. Touch 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. 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); Seneca Rocks (approx. ¼ mile 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). 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 814 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 12, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.