Every December, some friends of mine and I host a fundraiser to benefit local charities, and this year we held the event at Rockwood Manor.
Built in 1876, the home, now turned Bed and Breakfast, is simply stunning. I’d loved to have spent hours taking photos, but as I was working the fundraiser, I didn’t have as much time as I’d have liked.
The history section of the website notes that “the home was designed by architect Burkholder and built by contractor Pettijohn, who were both from Lynchburg, Va. Oversized brick with decorative slag were made on-site. The house boasts sixty-five extra-large windows, some with Jefferson-style openings that rise into the twelve-foot ceiling; seventeen fireplaces on five chimneys; ornate plaster work; and medallions. Outside over the windows is wrought iron on a tin metal box framework”
The perfect porch for sitting and sipping.
Parquet floors, made of alternating walnut and ash, add even more warmth and beauty.
The floating staircase
The Dining Room
The ceiling of the Sitting Room
Glasses waiting to be filled
Perhaps an old smoke house? I wish I’d had time to find out!
One of many historic items to be seen on the property.
Hopefully I can return at some point and learn more about the history of this treasured home.
Thank goodness the family knew it’s value and sought to restore rather than sell.