The Rhodes Homeplace

Location: Saumsville, Virginia, two and one half miles west of Maurertown, Virginia, on Route 600.

Built: circa 1800


25 Aug 1783: John Rhodes and Catharine, his wife, conveyed to Michael Rhodes a tract of land which was purchased by John Rhodes, dec'd., from Thomas Palmer. The said tract of land was formerly conveyed to Daniel Rhodes, dec'd., by Joseph Rhodes, dec'd., who was the eldest son and heir at law of said John Rhodes, dec'd., Sept. 25, 1765. Deed Book C, page 574-575

26 Feb 1824: Michael Rhodes and Sarah, his wife, (said Michael being one of the children and heirs of Michael Rhodes, dec'd.) sold to David Rhodes the one eighth undivided interest in the tract of land of which Michael Rhodes died seized and possessed (110 acres). Deed Book DD, page 171

9 Jun 1845: Mary Rhodes conveyed to Joseph Rhodes all her interest, being one sixth a certain tract of land belonging to the heirs of David Rhodes, dec'd., 110 acres. Deed Book VV, page 143

11 Nov 1907: N.M. Rhodes and Catherine, his wife, and Mamie E. Fant, W.L. Rhodes and Lula B. Rhodes, his wife, Louisa C. Maphis and Hugh W. Fant, Sallie E. Ridings and James E. Ridings, her husband, Bertha E. Boxwell and Wllsworth (sic) Boxwell, her husband, Anna L. Hodgson and Clifford Hodgson, her husband, Lucy R. Jordan and James Jordan, her husband, and J. Mark Fant and Maggie Fant, his wife (being with Martha A. and Annie R. Rhodes the sole heirs of Joseph Rhodes, dec'd.) conveyed to Martha A. and Annie R. Rhodes, the object of this conveyance being to provide a home for said Martha A. and Annie R. Rhodes. Deed Book 69, page 6

Physical Description

The Rhodes homeplace is a three and one half story, L-shaped log house with gabled metal roof and three inside brick chimneys. It has plain wide weatherboarding and plain wood cornices. There are eighteen windows having 12 panes 8x10. There is a high side porch over the basement entrance, and there are flagstones at this entrance. The front door is a heavy, six-panel, two-cross door, batten-lined and with long iron bar hinges. Three steps lead from the ground to the door.

There are eight large rooms and the ceiling is eight feet high. A concealed staircase of eleven winding steps leads to the second floor, continuing with eleven more to the attic. The basement has heavy board floors, except one room with dirt floor for a cellar. All the outside doors are six-panel and batten-lined, while the others have to long vertical panels. The inside walls are of wide beaded board partitions, now papered. The doors have outside iron locks and long bar hinges. The floor boards are approximately eight inches wide. There are no mantels. The ceilings are of wide boards and rough hewn beams..

Historical Significance

N. Milton Rhodes served and was wounded in the Civil War.

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

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