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George Washington Smith Farm, Elk Fork Road, Ripley, Jackson County, WV



B&W Photos

HB1285090
BWPhotos 372935

HB1285091
BWPhotos 372936


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Location
Elk Fork Road, Ripley, WV

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS WV-281
Significance: The historic preservation value of the farm is threefold. 1) It represents an affluent family's adaptation to rural life in western West Virginia during the 19th century. The head of the household, George Washington Smith, was a man of local and regional prominence who participated in civic affairs, business, and land development. 2) The dwelling retains a substantial amount of original fabric and workmanship. It is of the vernacular Greek Revival style. 3) The outbuildings also retain a substantial amount of original fabric and workmanship that relate to changing farm practices. At least one more substantial wood sided dwelling on the Elk Fork Road fell into ruins about 20 years ago and a substantial stone dwelling still stands along the road south of the Elk Fork Road.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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