The Parker Home

Location: Woodstock, Virginia, 330 North Muhlenberg Street

Built: unknown


This house is said to have belonged to a company which operated the foundry nearby prior to 1850. The Woodstock Manufacturing Company and other firm names figure into chancery suits.

9 Dec 1874: Harriet Haines and others conveyed by deed to B.P. Newman and J.W. Danner, partners, trading under the firm name of Danner and Newman, and subsequently conveyed to said B.P. Newman by E.D. Newman, Commissioner in Chancery, suit of J.W. Danner's administrator vs. B.P. Newman, April 6, 1889. Deed Book 31, page 422

24 Oct 1904: B.P. Newman, deceased. Heirs: Elizabeth Newman, widow, W.H. Newman and Birdie, his wife, E.D. Newman and Mary, his wife, C. Mary Wunder and Mark Wunder, her husband, convey to H.B. Chapman and J.D. Grabill, partners, trading under the firm name of H.B. Chapman and Company, for the sum of $600, a house and lot #36 in the town of Woodstock. Deed Book 61, page 79

12 Feb 1906: H.B. Chapman and Carrie Chapman, his wife, and J.D. Grabill and Maude A. Grabill, his wife, sold to Emily S. Phillips for the sum of $660, lot #36 in Woodstock, known as the "Parker House" . Deed Book 64, page 147

9 Jun 1933: The heirs of Emily S. Phillips, deceased, sold to Jennie A. Roberts a certain lot with improvements thereon, being a portion of lot #36, one fourth acre, being the same real estate that was conveyed to the said Emily S. Phillips by H.B. Chapman and others, February 12, 1906. Deed Book 112, page 194

The heirs being Mary C. Sheets, Cora A. Cook, Virginia F. Ritenour, Robert Phillips, George Phillips, James Phillips and Charles W. Phillips.

Physical Description

This "T" shaped log house is two and one half stories with a metal gabled roof and two brick chimneys, one inside and one outside. There are fourteen windows with twelve 8x10 panes and no shutters. The entrance is a limestone step to a four panel door with a three pane transom.

There are six large rooms with eight and one half foot ceilings. The stairway is open string with very plain spindle balusters and newel. There is a cellar with packed ground floor under the entire house. The walls are part papered, and part whitewashed against logs, while the floors are rough, wide boards. There is one plain eight foot mantel.

The wing of the house is built of logs, chunked and daubed and without weatherboarding. It is still (1937) in good condition and is used as a dwelling house. The main portion of the house is weatherboarded and connected with this wing by the old time entry which has the batten doors with iron latches. Wide, rough board floors showing worn places are in this entry. This house is a good type of old architecture which has not been remodeled. It is unpainted.

Historical Significance

This house is of interest because of the old architecture having been preserved in its original form, and also because of its having been connected with the iron industry in this section of the state. It is thought to have been built prior to 1850.

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

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