The Philip Smoot Home

Location: Four miles northwest of Woodstock, Virginia, on Route 604

Built: circa 1800


27 Oct 1784: Christian Stover (son and heir at law of Jacob Stover, dec'd.) sold to Mathias Smutz 425 acres of land which was granted to Jacob Stover, dec'd., from Thomas Lord Fairfax May 29, 1761, and the said Jacob Stover, having died intestate, this same land descended to his eldest son, Christian Stover. Deed Book E, page 112

Mathias Smutz, dec'd., in his will devised part of his plantation containing 210 acres to his son, Abraham Smutz and the remaining part to his son, Mathias Smutz, containing 215 acres. Made June 24, 1800. Probated Sept. 8, 1806. Will Book F, page 472

12 Apr 1834: Mary Hammon, Barbara Smutz, Daniel Hisey and Elizabeth, his wife, Jacob Smutz, Abraham Smutz and Barbara, his wife, Samuel Wendell and Anna, his wife, and John Smutz (all being heirs at law of Abraham Smutz, son of Mathias Smutz, dec'd.) sold to Mathias Smutz. Deed Book NN, page 243

In division of Mathias Smutz, dec'd., lot #3 was assigned to Philip A. Smoot at a court held Feb., 1860.. Deed Book 6, page 246

1 Sep 1860: Geo. W. Smootz and Rebecca, his wife, sold to Philip A. Smootz one half of a lot containing fifteen and one half acres laid off adjacent to Philip A. Smootz, dec'd land. Deed Book 9, page 331

4 May 1906: Anna M. Smoot, wife of Philip A. Smootz, dec'd., David F. Smoot, Jr., Mary E. Saum, wife of Frank Saum, Laura B. Bauserman, wife of Roger Bauserman, Radie F. Sager, wife of W.A. Sager, dec'd., Charles L. Smootz, Julia C. Smootz, Ann L. Smoot, Carrie V. Smoot, and Hester F. Smoot and P.E. Smoot, heirs of Philip A. Smoot, dec'd., sold to D.J. Reynolds and Lillie M., his wife, land of which Philip A. Smoot died seized and possessed. Deed Book 65, page 107

18 May 1911: D.J. Reynolds and wife sold to Winchester Land Corp. Deed Book 75, page 323

18 Sep 1917: Winchester Land Corporation sold to H.B. Chapman. Deed Book 84, page 377

6 Apr 1918: H.B. Chapman & Carrie Lee, his wife, sold to Harry C. Clower & Myrtle G., his wife, 32 acres of land for $4500.50. Deed Book 85, page 298

Physical Description

This is a two and one half story, L-shaped log house with three inside brick chimneys. The roof is metal, but was formerly shingled. The weatherboarding is plain and very wide. The cornices are plain wood. There are eighteen windows with twelve 8x10 panes. There is a portico with square posts and railings. The entrance is a wide five-panel door with transom; the top panel is horizontal and the other four are vertical.

There are nine large rooms and the ceiling height is nine feet. The concealed stairway has a five-panel door. The other doors are either five- or six-panel with two crosses, and the material is pine. The walls are papered. There is a chair rail throughout the house. The doors have iron locks and hinges. The wide floor boards vary in width. There is a low-ceilinged cellar under part of the house. The house is in fair condition.

Historical Significance

Philip Smoot was in the militia during the Civil War.

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

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Created October 30 2001