A Multi-Species Series Of Turnings From The "Rion Lucas House"
Look for finished pieces in late 2017
About Historic Elmwood
The federal style two storey house called Elmwood sits astride Flowing Springs Road on land that was first claimed by Edward Lucas II, one of the first settlers in the Shenandoah Valley, as part of a and grant by Lord Fairfax. A decades long legal dispute prevented the construction of a permanent home on the land until 1797 by Lucas' son Edward Lucas III, a Revolutionary War soldier. During the Civil War the brick mansion served as a military hospital. Elmwood remained in the Lucas family until 1948, when it was purchased by Dr. Oscar C. Stine. The Stine family continues to occupy Elmwood today, and farm operations continue on the remaining 300 acres of the original 400 acre grant. Elmwood is featured prominently in the superb study "Uncommon Vernacular: The early Houses of Jefferson County, West Virginia," by John C. Allen, Jr., which you can read about here. Elmwood was also one of the early participants in Jefferson County conservation efforts and much of its acreage is protected forever by a conservation easement with the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board (see generally, here). Elmwood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 (read its Register Nomination Form here); you can also read more about Elmwood and learn more about the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission page here.