Today I’ll share the final two houses that my mom, aunt, cousin, and I toured on Saturday in Staunton as a part of garden week in Virginia. Be sure to check out part one if you missed my post yesterday.
Fourth on our tour was 521 East Beverly Street, Merrillat House, a mid-19th century Gothic Revival originally constructed in 1851 as a four room cottage. This house overlooks the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind as was built by one of the school’s first superintendents.
The final house on the tour at 605 East Beverly was Oakdene, a Queen Anne built in 1893. The house was beautiful both inside and outside. The magnificent landscaping was originally designed by A. A. Farnham in 1934. Farnham was a landscape architect and professor at VPI who also designed gardens at the Hotel Roanoke and Hollins College.
Isn’t it adorable? Want to know something funny? When we knocked on the door, the owner who greeted us was one of my old YMCA buddies who moved from my area to Staunton a few years ago. I knew through Facebook that she recently built a new house and moved, but I didn’t know where she used to live in Staunton. Isn’t it ironic that I knew the owner of this adorable home? I can’t imagine that it will take long for this home to sell.
Staunton is a charming town and if you are ever in the Shenandoah Valley, you should consider a visit.
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