The Walter E. Stickley Home

Location: Two and one half miles north of Strasburg, Virginia, one half mile west of Route 11.

Built: circa 1775


26 Aug 1808: Benjamin Stickley to David Stickley.

13 Oct 1856: David Stickley bequeaths to his children.

Walter E. Stickley was the owner in 1937. He bought out the other heirs at different times.

Physical Description

This home has been reconditioned, retaining much of the original woodwork, and is one of the old type homes, nestled under a slope, with the old stone spring house nearby. Large trees stand around over the hill and along the lane which leads from the main highway to the house. The interior of this house is attractively arranged, floors are warped but polished. There are six fireplaces and many beautiful pieces of old furniture.

Historical Significance

The Stickleys owned vast tracts of land in the Cedar Creek section, and there were several homes belonging to different heirs. Some of them have changed into other homes or shops. Col. David Stickley served as juror, Shenandoah Court, Oct. 13, 1812. He is listed among the prominent citizens of Shenandoah County in the Census of 1838. He also served as a magistrate, and a charter member of the Valley Turnpike Company in 1817. Colonel Daniel E. Stickley served in the Civil War. The Union and Southern armies both camped on this place. It is said that the dog belonging to the Stickley family knew the difference between the two armies when they appeared. He would bark and wag his tail, jumping around joyously when the Southern men came, but showed signs of disapproval when the Northern army appeared.

A very old oak tree, with a story, still (1937) stands at the entrance to this home. It is said that David Stickley one day came upon an Indian who was cruelly fighting his wife under this tree. After talking to him and shaming him for his cruelty, the Indian was so humiliated that he offered his knife to David Stickley and begged him to cut his throat, that he was not worthy to live, whereupon Mr. Stickley admonished him to lead a peaceful life.

During the Civil War, this same tree was being cut down by the Yankees when Levi Stickley interceded and saved the tree.

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

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