The Eli Saum Home

Location: West of Saumsville, Virginia, Route 600.

Built: circa 1800


7 Sep 1839: Henry Wolfe and Elizabeth, his wife, (and other heirs) sold to Martin Miley, it being the tract whereon the said Henry Wolfe resided at the time of his death, and was conveyed to him by Daniel Hottel and Mary, his wife, Sept. 12, 1815, Deed Book V, page 249. (Eli Saum home said to be the Wolfe property - connection lost.) Deed Book RR, page 366

1 Apr 1876: Elias Saum and Delilah, his wife, sold to Daniel T. Saum and David Spiker 100 acres for the sum of $3000, it being the same on which the said Elias Saum now resides. Deed Book 13, page 395

Made 13 Apr 1910, Probated 6 Oct 1911: David F. Spiker bequeathed to Hugh L. Spiker and Hester, his wife, 18 acres including the house. Will Book 30, page 330

Physical Description

This is a two and one half story, T-shaped log house with gabled metal roof (originally shingle) and two inside chimneys and two outside. The weatherboarding is wide and beaded; the cornices are plain wood. There are eighteen windows, the upper sash having six 8x10 panes and the lower one 27x30 pane. The single story front porch has fancy brackets and was built fifty years ago (circa 1887). The entrance is a modern door with large glass. The porch columns are square.

There are ten large rooms and two small, and the ceiling height is eight and one half feet. There are two concealed stairways, one winding sharply with eleven triangular steps. A cellar under part of the house has brick floor. The doors are six-panel, two cross batten lined; also some four panel, one cross pine doors are in the house. The doors have iron bar and common hinges. The walls are papered and one room has good unfaded paper which has been on the walls for 85 years. A large picture was taken down after hanging for 75 years and this paper was unchanged beneath it.

A part of the house has three foot wainscoting and a chair rail. The floors are of wide heavy plank, one and three quarter inches thick and the nails are hand made. There are two plain grooved mantels. This house was plastered inside and out and then weather boarded.

Historical Significance

David Spiker and Daniel Saum served in the Civil War. Eli Saum moved into this house about 1845.

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

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