Saturday, May 23, 2009

A step back in time

Today A LUNCHEON AT Adaland Mansion
The mansion house was built in 1870 at the end of the Civil War by Augustus
Modisett, Sheriff of Barbour County and local banker.
The brick house was constructed by local carpenters and emancipated slaves and
is an example of neo greek architecture.
The interior has been restored using 1870-1890 period wallpapers and furniture
from local sources which compliment the original walnut woodwork.
Guided historic tours are provided.
The house is open for parties, weddings, receptions, dinners, luncheons and
meetings.
Adaland Mansion is owned by the City of Philippi.
It was donated to the City of Philippi in January 1996 by Philippi Development
Inc., a division of Anker Energy.
Built by Irish settler Augustus Modisett in 1868, Adaland is set among the rolling
hills of Barbour County, with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
Guided tours of the home reveal a carefully restored house with period
wallpapers, antique furniture and period gardens.
The 1850 barn on the property, a good example of early farm post and beam
architecture, now serves as a heritage center.
The mansion house has been restored with great attention to authenticity and
features homemade brick and walnut woodwork throughout.
The barn was built approximately 1850 and has been restored and is open to the public on during tour season.
The house and land reflect the early history of West Virginia with the original
owners engaged in farming.
Emancipated slaves from the farm worked on the construction of the house.
The surrounding area is rich in civil war history with the first land battle of the
war fought in Philippi in June 1861.
This trunk is like the one I grew up with, now I know the @ age of it and wonder
which side of my family it came from. Needless to say mine has been restored to its former state.
HA HA look at YOUR keyboard now ;=)
Gardens below however the rain kept us from this jaunt.

3 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a stunning place this is... no matter which picture I looked at there was so much of interest. I hope that places such as this are kept to high standards and folk years from now can still visit and be in awe. I do not get to many historic building-homes-or castles here in England which is silly as we have many. Yet I know I would love them and spend my time learning so much.
This as been a great post and I really enjoyed seeing your picture and reading all about here... Thank you 'D'

Jenny said...

I'm so jealous! I've wanted to go there during Christmas. Too bad some day isn't a day in the week!

Soosan said...

It is a great place to visit, while with friends or a great place for a wedding. :D Did you notice the quilts? :) A Quilt Guild in Phillippi make them.AND when I saw the spinning wheels, I really think they should invite spinning and knitting groups;)
When the weather is a bit dryer, I intend to go visit there this summer, it only being 14 miles from me;)