The Lydia C. Frye Home

Location: Ten miles west of Mt. Jackson, Virginia, one mile north of Route 263, one half mile west of Route 611.

Built: 1851-1852


20 Jun 1849: Charles Carter Lee and Lucy, his wife, sold to Henry Hepner. Deed Book YY, page 247

27 Apr 1859: Henry Hepner and Lydia, his wife, sold to Christian B. Funkhouser.

11 Jun 1885: Christian B. Funkhouser conveyed to Magdalene Funkhouser. Deed Book 26, page 95

Probated 8 Mar 1920: Magdalene Funkhouser in her will devised to her daughter, Lydia Catharine Frye, wife of Jacob W. Frye, all of her real estate. Made 18 Apr 1912. Will Book 32, page 488

Physical Description

It is an oblong two and one half story log house with shingle and metal roof and one chimney at the west end of the house. Another chimney was removed. The house is planked up and down. There are eleven windows having twelve panes 6x8. A porch extends across the east side of the house. The front door is made of wide boards.

There are six rooms and the ceiling height is eight feet, ten inches. The winding stairs are enclosed. The doors are batten type. The walls are of wide boards painted and unfinished. The hinges and latches are plain iron. The floors are of wide boards with square iron nails. Fireplace and mantel have been removed. The house is in fairly good condition. The only change has been the addition of a kitchen.

Historical Significance

Deer used to be so plentiful in this part of the country that the father of the present (1937) owner got one easily for his New Year gift, so the story goes. Christian Funkhouser was the grandson or son of Abraham Funkhouser who came over from Germany and settled on Stony Creek near Basye. The house he built is still standing (1937).

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

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Created October 19 2001