Fixing Our Old House

Fix wood rot
Painting siding
Fixing metal roof
Fixing wood damage
Installing gutters

The History of Our Historic House

Our house is located in the national historic district of the village of Waterford Virginia. The house was built in 1861 by Robert W. Thomas a Waterford blacksmith who also ran the Waterford Hotel. He and his wife had eight children. Unfortunately his luck was bad, and his house was confiscated by the Confederacy and used as a hospital with household members caring for the sick. Waterford historyleave site [leave site]

The property was sold after the war for $700. The new owner, Samuel Steer, had rented the house during the war, when he moved his family from the country for safety. During the war, his daughter, Sarah, co-editied the fervently pro-Union Waterford Newsleave site with her young neighbors, Lida and Lizzie Dutton. Later, Sarah Ann Steer was the first teacher at the new school for black childrenleave site just down Second Street.

Example of a balloon framed house

The house's use of balloon framing can be seen when some of the siding was replaced
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The house has its original metal roof as well as its original wood siding. It uses balloon framing which was the new way of constructing homes starting in the 1830's.



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