Historic Preservation Groups Offer Rare Glimpse of Antebellum Mansion

The Northern Shenandoah Valley (NSV) Branch of Preservation Virginia will conduct tours of the antebellum mansion known as Mountain Home on   Sunday, April 10, 2011.   Mountain Home is located at 3471 Remount Road (Route 522) between Front Royal and Chester Gap, in Warren County.   The tours will be part of the Branch’s quarterly public meeting, which will begin at 2:00 p.m.   In addition to the tours, architectural historian Maral Kalbian will provide an overview of the house’s history.   The presentation and tour is free to members of Preservation Virginia members and $10 per person for non-members.

Mountain Home is one of Warren County’s best preserved brick Greek Revival buildings and is one of very few extant buildings to have borrowed directly from popular pattern books of the period.   The house was built in 1847 by Samuel Beck Gardner, a prominent farmer and Warren County justice.   Although Mountain Home now sits on a 3.7 acre parcel of land, at one time Gardner’s holdings exceeded 700 acres.   Despite the house’s strategic location on the primary road between Front Royal and Chester Gap, Mountain Home survived the Civil War without significant damage.   A rear addition was made to the house in 1869, but that addition has been the only substantial change to the house since it was built.   The mansion is remarkably unaltered and retains a high level of sophisticated architectural detailing.   Mountain Home was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The NSV Branch of Preservation Virginia covers the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah and Page Counties and the City of Winchester. The organization holds its quarterly general meetings at historic sites within the area to promote historic preservation and to educate its members and the public on the wide variety of historic resources and their value.   For more information about the Northern Shenandoah Valley Branch of Preservation Virginia or the meeting on April 10, 2011, contact Branch Director Bob Stieg at 540-837-2790.