1360 South Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, VA, USA
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Abram's Delight Winchester Reviews
The Old Stone House in Winchester Sep 19, 2010
Abram's Delight is the oldest house in Winchester, VA. Begun before 1748 by Abraham Hollingsworth, it is about the same age as the city. The stone house was certainly the grandest and sturdiest structure for miles around in the mid-18th century. (Most Valley dwellings then were huts or log cabins.) Hollingsworth had come to the area about 1728 to farm and to set up a mill.
The house remained in the family to the early 20th century. It was unoccupied for about 30 years until the city of Winchester purchased it in 1943 and the local historical society restored it. The house had never been modernized with electricity or other conveniences. Thus, the house as seen today is original and characteristic of a 19th century home.
The interior can be seen via a guided tour. Rooms are furnished with period pieces, some from the Hollingsworth family, others collected. On the tour, one learns that the house was modified to suit the needs of the generation that lived in it at the time. A movable wall once opened up the dining room and parlor as a Quaker Meeting hall. As with most Colonial houses, there were no closets, because closets were taxed as rooms. (Wardrobes were used instead.) The guide enjoyed pointing out different pieces of furniture, in particularly the long wooden laying out chair. (Used for laying out a body for viewing. Common at home in those days.)
A log cabin on the property was moved to the site. It dates from 1780 and shows a more typical dwelling of the era. Hollingsworth Mill, also a solid limestone structure, is the visitor center and gift shop.
A very good historic house museum tour!
Admission is $5. (A $10 combination ticket includes Abram's Delight, Washington's Office, and Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters.)
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