The Tommy Baker Home

Location: Two miles southeast of Maurertown, Virginia, one half mile off Route 11.

Built: circa 1840


4 Sep 1841: John Gochenour and Catherine, his wife, sold to Thomas Baker. Deed Book SS, page 485

25 May 1886: Joseph S. Gochenour and Mary C., his wife, Joseph T. Baker and Christians E., his wife, and John H. Baker and Annie B., his wife, heirs of Thomas Baker, deceased, sold to Moritz Gochenour. Deed Book 28, page 45

21 Feb 1928: Martha E. Gochenour, widow of Moritz Gochenour, deceased, et al., sold to Roy M. Gochenour a tract of land lying on the east side of Valley turnpike. Deed Book 101, page 33

Physical Description

The Tommy Baker Home is a rectangular two and one half story weather boarded log structure with a metal gabled roof and three brick chimneys. There are twenty two windows, several have twelve small panes and the others have been replaced by four and two pane windows. There was an old time portico which was replaced by a common porch without balusters. The entrance is a four panel door with a transom.

There are ten large rooms with eight foot ceilings. The stairway is a concealed small stairway with a batten door with an iron latch. The cellar is under two rooms and has an old sunken floor of bricks. The walls are papered and painted, and the kitchen has wide paneled wainscoting. The floors are of wide boards of irregular widths. There is one plain mantel. Rough hand-hewn overhead beams are upstairs next to the attic floor.

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

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