The Jacob Rickard Home

Location: Three and one half miles northeast of Woodstock, on the Shenandoah river, on Route 661

Built: circa 1830


3 Nov 1832: Heirs at law of Abraham Stover, dec'd., sold to Jacob Rickard 226 acres for $3030.00. Deed Book LL, page 492

19 Jan 1854: Jacob Rickard and Elizabeth, his wife, Isaac Rickard, Sylveston Rickard and Jane, his wife, Peter Speigle and Elizabeth, his wife, and Mary Ann Rickard (said Jacob, Isaac, Isaac, Sylveston, Elizabeth and Mary Ann being five of the ten children and heirs at law of Jacob Rickard, dec'd.), conveyed to Ashur W. and David Rickard for $4,500. Deed Book 2, page 35

12 Mar 1859: Abraham Rickard sold to Ashur W. Rickard his part. Deed Book 5, page 396

12 Sep 1896: E.E. Stickley, special commissioner, sold to D.A., J.W., I.M.C. and Jennie Rickard land three and one half miles east of Woodstock of which A.W. Rickard died seized and possessed, for $2,900. Deed Book 46, page 146

Physical Description

This is a two and one half story rectangular brick house with gabled metal roof and four inside brick chimneys. The bricks in this house are of irregular bond, some parts common, some Flemish and some varied. Above the windows they are arranged in fan shape. The cornices are elaborate and of brick. There are twenty windows with twelve 10x12 panes. There are no shutters and no dormers, nor is there a porch. The two eight panel, three cross front doors have a stone step to the ground, and there is a four pane decorated transom to each.

There are four large and four small rooms and the ceiling height is nine feet. There are two closed stairways having doors with iron latches. The cellar has a hard-packed dirt floor. The doors are eight panel, three cross; six panel, two cross or the batten type, and of pine. The walls are papered. There are beaded wide board partitions upstairs. There are outside iron locks and hinges, brass knobs and iron latches. The floors are of medium wide irregular pine boards. There are beautifully fluted and reeded mantels of the Greek Revival style. The window and door frames are fluted, and there are frame panels under the windows. There are six fireplaces.

Historical Significance

This house is said to have been built by Jacob Rickard about 1830 or 1838. The latter date is found on a brick in the house. The bricks were made in a field near the house.

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

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Created October 17 2001