The White House

A the site of old Pine Forge, near Cedar Grove Church, is a roomy old house, built in 1811 by Benjamin Pennybacker (1760-1820). It is familiar to residents of the community as "White House." In an older house that stood on or near the site was born, 3 Sep 1805, Isaac Samuels Pennybacker, seventh son of Benjamin Pennybacker. From 1837 to 1839, Isaac S. Pennybacker was a member of the House of Representatives. From 1839 to 1845 he was U.S. judge for the western district of Virginia; and from 1845 until his death in 1847, he was U.S. Senator from Virginia.

For many years, the "White House" was the home of Eld. Michael Good.

Near the "White House," on the opposite side of Smith Creek, is an old stone house, said to have been the home of Mounce Bird, who was a prominent citizen of Shenandoah in the days of the Revolution and following. In 1783 he was credited with 18 whites in family and one black slave or servant.

Excerpted from John W. Wayland's A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia

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Created November 15 2001