The Worlds of Katherine Kurtz

Katherine Kurtz and Scott MacMillan => Edge Hill => Topic started by: KK on January 20, 2017, 09:47:40 am

Title: History of Edge Hill
Post by: KK on January 20, 2017, 09:47:40 am
Edge Hill doesnt have an illustrious a history as Holybrooke, it’s still an old house, by American standards.  Oldest part probably dates from about 1795, with the main part built onto that in the 1830’s, and a columned porch after that.  And it used to be on the Main Street, downtown; was moved out of town in 1929/30, and reassembled on the present site (which is now part of town again) with wings added for a 3-car garage with two bedrooms (one is my [Katherine] office) and a bath and laundry above, and a kitchen joining that wing to the house.  (The old kitchen was in a separate building behind the main house, as was the custom in those days, because of fire danger, though this house is brick rather than timber, which is safer.  The bathroom was also in a separate building.)

The wing on the other end was a brick-lined sun room with a fireplace and round-topped Jeffersonian windows all around, when we bought the house; we’ve paneled that, taken out the windows on one of the long sides, and converted it into a proper paneled library, with design features stolen from our old library at Holybrooke.  Looks very old, and works very well with the original house.

Sam Collins, the son of T.J. Collins, who was a well-known local architect of the period, was in charge of the reconstruction and expansion, and rejigged the bedrooms so that there are now 2 1/2 baths where there were none before.  It all works very nicely.

It isn’t gothic, which we would have preferred, but there aren’t many of those in this part of the world.  But this is a lovely colonial revival with good history behind it.

Staunton itself dates from 1747, and survived the Civil War relatively unscathed.  So there’s quite a lot of history here.  No ghosts, though.  This incarnation of the house only dates from 1932–no two bricks are now in their original configuration–and its life since then has been relatively tame.