The "Taylor Springs Mill" - a country estate on the National Historic Registry - is a true gem, in mint condition, with beautiful landscaping, a cabin (home office or studio) a Spring fed brook, a fenced pasture, mature trees, lovely gardens, a basketball court, and a limestone Spring house with the original mill stone - all within close proximity to Sentara RMH hospital, JMU and shopping conveniences. This home features heart pine flooring, an English kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite countertops and a fireplace, a main level master bedroom, sunroom, living room, home office, and much more. Don't miss the 7 fireplaces (5 operational), 3 porches, patio, and attached garage! Additional 1.07 acre front pasture also for sale, MLS#589579.
The original dwelling is a mid-nineteenth century, two-story, brick, late Federal style farmhouse with some Greek Revival elements and a raised basement. Taylor Springs is a prime example of a mid-nineteenth-century Valley farmhouse with Late Federal and Greek Revival characteristics and a 1940 addition that is in keeping with its original character. The simple I-house form, brickwork and symmetrical facade reflect the continuing influence of Federal design even at the middle of the 19th century. The dwelling appears to have been the miller's house for the nearby Taylor Springs Mill. The house's original fabric retains much of its integrity while its mid-twentieth century additions remain very true to the original architectural character. Joe Nielson, architect of 1940 addition.
The history of the property is one of constant change and yet the house itself has withstood more than 165 years to remain as the one stable element in an unstable landscape. The house's close proximity to the historic springs, which have served as a site for religious revival since the early 19th century, is interesting as is the fact that it would have been very close to heavy troop movement during Confederate General Stonewall Jackson's military actions during his 1862 Valley campaign. Action from the battle of Cross Keys almost certainly spilled onto the property and General Turner Ashby was killed nearby. Troops would have again been in the area in 1864 when Federal forces plundered Rockingham, burning barns and mills.
During all those years, the house has served as a farmhouse and may have doubled as a miller's house with a mill located only a few yards away. Whether a farmhouse or a miller's house, it is a tangible reminder of the most important economic factor in the Valley of Virginia, wheat farming. This economic involvement, along with its adjacency to the Massanetta Springs resort and numerous Civil War skirmish sites, gives the property noteworthy historic significance in the area. But most importantly, it is a prime example of a mid-nineteenth century farmhouse with Late Federal and Greek Revival characteristics. The house's original architectural integrity remains relatively untouched and even its twentieth-century additions are sympathetic to its original architectural character. It has withstood battles and depressions and continues to stand despite twenty-first century development pressures.
Our favorite things about living on this historic property are the satisfaction in stewardship of a property that has seen generations of people and change. It's thrilling to know that we've been a part of the care and historical fabric. There is a strong sense of the past, present and future. It is historical yet contemporary, private yet so close to the endless joys of the Valley. Taylor Springs has been a wonderful place to raise our son affording him opportunities for dirt bike riding, camping out, climbing trees, having horses and greyhounds, hosting friends, skiing, baseball, fine schools including attending and graduating from JMU. There have been gardens and flowers, summer nights with fireflies, geese flying overhead as well has the peaceful sound of Conger's Creek not to mention morning coffee and evening dinners on the porches. This is a home that embraces and one that will capture your heart. It has been a privilege to reside in this home and it awaits a new owner to impart its majestic timeless graces.
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