The Madison Funkhouser Farm

Location: One and one half miles north of Toms Brook on the east side of Route 11

Built: circa 1840


17 Jun 1833: Thomas I. Wilson and Mary, his wife, sold to Christian Funkhouser, being lot #3 in division of land of George Koontz's land, said Wilson and Wife being children and heirs of George Koontz, dec'd. Deed Book MM, page 318

Christian Funkhouser's will was recorded Monday, Sept. 15, 1866, leaving Noah Funkhouser, his son, all his real estate, including farm place. Will Book 12, page 250

16 Jun 1887: Noah M. Funkhouser sold to M.M. Funkhouser. Deed Book 31, page 157

1 Feb 1922: Madison M. Funkhouser and Emma J. Funkhouser, his wife, exchanged "Home Farm" which has long been home of himself and ancestors, to his only son Frank M. Funkhouser and Sadie M. Funkhouser, for the farm owned by him. Deed Book 91, page 137

Physical Description

This two and one half story "L" shaped log house with metal gabled roof has three stone chimneys, one outside and two inside. There are twenty three windows with twelve 8x10 panes and shutters with stationary slats. The front porch has scalloped cornice and square posts with fancy brackets. The entrance has a wide door with side lights and transom and a fluted door frame with dentil cornice and rose blocks.

There are nine large rooms with nine foot ceilings. There is a two-flight open-string wide paneled stairway with round rail and small round balusters and newels. Under one half of the house is a cellar with a concrete floor. All doors and windows frames are fluted with rose blocks in the corners. The walls are plastered and papered and the floors are of medium wide irregular boards. There are four mantels.

Historical Significance

This home was the headquarters of Gen. Banks, on the Valley Pike 1.5 miles northeast of Toms Brook, VA. A picture of this home is in the museum at Endless Caverns.

A trap-door in the north room of this house shows where a hidden way led to the cellar where food was stored during the Civil War.

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

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