"Green Hope", Home of Isaac Samuels; later the Fravel Farm

Location: Three miles south of Edinburg, across the Shenandoah River.

Built: 1775


Settlement 6 Sep 1831: Isaac Samuels, deceased, 1819, Joseph H. Samuels is appointed administrator.

11 Sep 1852: Joseph H. Samuels to Joseph M. Allen

16 Dec 1907: Cora Grandstaff bequeaths to her husband, Alonzo F. Grandstaff.

1 Dec 1920: Heirs of Alonzo F. Grandstaff to Flora V. Fravel.

Physical Description

This large brick house is attractively located on the banks of the Shenandoah River, and fine large trees surround it. It commands a fine view of the bends of the river and the mountain in the distance. Large double windows are in front, while other windows give plenty of light to the rooms. A wide hall divides the house and adds spaciousness to the entrance. The walls in this hall are frescoed.

Historical Significance

This was the birthplace of Judge Green Berry Samuels, who was the son of Isaac and Elizabeth Pennybacker Samuels. He was born 1 Feb 1806, married Anna Marie Gore Coffman, 12 Apr 1831, and met an early death as a result of a stroke of apoplexy while attending the January Term of Court at Richmond, in 1859. Both he and his wife are buried in the Lutheran Cemetery at Woodstock.

He was admitted to the bar in 1827, and was distinguished as a Congressman and jurist. His portrait hands in the Court room at Woodstock, presented to the court by a descendant, Dr. Bernard B. Samuels, a prominent physician of New York City. His father, Isaac Samuels, was a Revolutionary soldier and was present at the surrender of Yorktown. He died in Shenandoah County, 30 Sep 1819, aged 57 years.

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

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