Lynnside Manor, Monroe County West Virginia

img_5071

Lynnside Manor is located in Monroe County, West Virginia and is the main building of the Lynnside Historic District. Lynnside is a Greek Revival structure built in Jeffersonian style. It was built in 1845 and was the ancestral home of the Lewis family of Virginia. The Lewis family founded the Sweet Springs Resort and St. John’s Catholic Church. St. John’s was the first Catholic Church in the area. 

img_5069-2

During the Civil War, General David Hunter and his Union soldiers raided the mansion and the General ordered the mansion to be burned. It is believed that General Hunter’s harsh treatment toward the Lewis family was because Mrs. Lewis was the daughter of Confederate General John Floyd. According to local folklore, Mrs. Lewis was a brave and resourceful woman who repeatedly put out the fires set by the drunken Union soldiers until they left. The soldiers left very little food or fuel for the family and the livestock had been destroyed or driven off. Despite the devastation and obstacles to overcome, the family made the best of the situation. The manor remained home to the Lewis family and later the Floyd family.

In 1933, there was a fire that gutted the mansion. Partial restoration was initiated by the family in the 1950’s but they were forced to abandon the project when they ran out of money for the project. The red brick Greek Revival home has sat vacant ever since. 

img_5071

Lynnside is about a mile away from the historic “Old Sweet Springs Resort” and St. John’s Church.

At the top of the hill toward the rear of the house is the Lewis Family Cemetery and the Catholic Cemetery.

timothy-lewis-family-cemetery-cindie-harper-lynnside-manorimg_9395134913411330132813271318

Virginia Governor John Floyd and his wife Letitia Preston Floyd are buried on the hill beyond the house. He died here in 1837 while visiting his daughter Letitia Preston Lewis. His wife Letitia Preston died in 1853 at her home in Burke’s Garden, and her body was brought here to lie beside her husband’s.

The governor was supportive of the Catholic Church. Letitia converted to Catholicism very late in life. Many relatives were active church members. There is still an association between the Catholic Church and Lynnside even today.grdy9400

By: Cindie Harper

 

 

 

Advertisements

The Aull Center, Historic Garlow House, Morgantown, West Virginia

The Aull Center is located in the historic Garlow House.  In 1907, this Queen Anne Revival home was designed by Elmer Jacobs. It belonged to Aaron J. Garlow, president of the Second National Bank. The 1907 completion date is displayed on a blind-arch window below the pediment on the second floor.

Aull Center Morgantown Public library Historic Cindie Harper

The Garlow House is currently owned by the Morgantown Public Library. The Aull Center is located next to the main public library building. The second floor of the Aull Center houses the J.D. Rechter Holocaust Memorial Library. The library was created through generous donations by Edith Levy and with the assistance of Massachusetts book dealer, Ken Schoen. The Holocaust Memorial Library contains over 1,000 books on the Holocaust, making it the largest collection in West Virginia.

Garlowe House Aull Center Historic Morgantown WV Cindie Harper

The collection is named in honor of Edith’s father, J.D. Rechter, who died at Auschwitz.  The Aull Center’s books are available to the public.

The Aull Center is located at 351 Spruce St, Morgantown, WV 26505. Their phone number is: 304-292-0140.