The William Pifer Home (aka the Bushong Home)

Location: Two miles west of Maurertown, Virginia.

Built: unknown


3 Jan 1854: John Haun sold to John M. Bushong, his son-in-law, ... being the same land that was devised to the said John Haun and his brother, Jacob Haun by their father, George Haun, dec'd. by his last will and testament, dated Feb. 21, 1801. Deed Book 2, page 12

Mary Bushong Pifer (daughter of John M. Bushong) inherited this place. Marion Pifer inherited same from his parents, William and Mary Pifer.

Physical Description

The William Pifer home is a two and one half story square, frame structure with a metal hipped roof and one inside brick chimney. There are sixteen windows with twelve 8x12 panes and shutters with stationary slats. The front porch has a scalloped cornice and square columns; the entrance if a four panel door with side lights and transom.

There are eight large rooms with eight and one half foot ceilings. The open string, two-flight stairway has fancy spindle balusters and newels. Doors have long vertical panels, but there are a few four-panel doors - all of pine. The walls are papered and the floors are of wide pine boards. There is one mantel that is extremely plain and constructed of heavy board.

Physical Description

During the Civil War, this home was molested by Yankees and the barn burnt.

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

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Created November 15 2001