Searching for an authentic 18th century home? You need to visit Maple Hill House near Scottsville, Virginia. This home was moved in 1984 from Maple Hill Farm just a few miles away and placed on an English basement in its current location. The locals refer to the home as "the house they moved". The current owners purchased it for renovation a year later.
Most of its 18th century features are still intact. Modern updates have been added without compromising any of its antique charm.
The two main rooms have 13' ceilings, 14" wide horizontal two-board wainscoting and the original back door. Both the main level and upper level floorboards are the original wide plank, heartpine floors. The fireplaces are original to the home and are Rumford style, which was state of the art in the 1790s and still built today because of the heating efficient design. The beautiful mantels are also original. In the smaller parlor on the main level, you will find floor to ceiling walnut library shelves which were built in 1985.
The original staircase leads you to the second level where there are a master bedroom and sitting room, a smaller bedroom, and master bath. Originally these rooms had low ceilings, but the current owners added collar ties to raise the ceiling into the attic area, providing for a more spacious feel. The access to the attic is an orignal stained glass panel created by Tom Phillips.
The ceiling of the English basement exposes hand-hewn joists and spectacular 12-inch beams that were the foundation beams of the original structure. The floor is composed of local soapstone from the quarries in nearby Schuyler. Oak wainscoting on two sides of the basement is from the tongue and groove floor, part of the interior kitchen which was added in the early 20th century and later removed. The kitchen cabinetry is oak with glass windows and were crafted by a local cabinetmaker, Richard Proutt.
An addition was added on to the rear of the home to allow for the 2.5 baths and a third bedroom.
For years, the Maple Hill House was utilized as a music recording studio. Any musician will love this home!
In the rear yard, you will find lots of privacy allowing for wonderful stargazing at night, a large garden spot and two 19th century log cabins which were moved to the property to be utilized as workshops. Both have electricity.
The Maple Hill House is located approximately 25 minutes to downtown Charlottesville and the University of Virginia and just a few minutes from the quaint town of Scottsville with grocery shopping, restaurants, a farmer's market and the James River, where recreational opportunities abound.
Not often can you find such an authentic 18th century home in the country on small acreage and surrounded by large farms. Maple Hill House is on just over two acres yet surrounded by large farms.
Contact Gayle Harvey today for your personal tour!
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. is a Charlottesville Va real estate broker that strictly abides by the U.S. and Virginia Fair Housing laws.