The Christian Fauber Home

Location: Two and one half miles west of Maurertown, Virginia

Built: circa 1800


13 Oct 1819: Mary E. Swartz, widow of Martin Swartz, deceased, and Jacob Swartz and Philipina, his wife, the said Jacob Swartz being one of the five sons and devisees of the said Martin Swartz, sold to Christian Fauber for the sum of $1260.00. Deed Book Z, page 449

Christian Fauber bequeathed to his wife, Catherine, the plantation whereon he resided for her lifetime. After her death, the plantation was to go to his two sons, Samuel and Harrison, for them and their heirs forever. Made 26 Dec 1855, probated 10 Mar 1856. Will Book 5, page 194

Mrs. Virginia Fauber Argenbright inherited this home from her father, Harrison Fauber.

Physical Description

The Christian Fauber Home is a two and one half story "T" shaped log frame structure with a metal gabled roof. It has four inside brick chimneys and twenty three windows, some with twelve 10x12 panes and some with four 14x28 panes and shutters with movable slats. There is a wide front porch with fancy carved balusters.

The house has eight large rooms with nine-foot ceilings. There is a cellar under part of the house with a packed ground floor.

Historical significance

Martin Swartz was a pioneer, but little accurate information exists. Christian Fauber built a new part to this old log house, and Harrison Fauber, his son, was six months old when they moved to it, circa 1837. Some fine woodwork was in the house and an old log smoke house and wash house stood in the yard.

Source: Virginia W.P.A. Historical Inventory Project, 1937

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