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Jacob and Mary Persinger House

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1778; 1857 addition. 3730 Llama Dr., 10 miles southwest of Covington

One of the county's earliest surviving houses serves as the core of this building. It was erected by local folk legend Jacob Persinger, who as a child was captured by Indians and adopted a Native American lifestyle before being returned six years later by Shawnee chief Cornstalk. Persinger became a farmer. The original dwelling, now the left three bays of a larger house, is of log construction, two stories in height, with a rectangular form and a hall-parlor plan created by a partition of beveled-edge vertical walnut boards. Paneled wainscoting defines the perimeter walls and an unusual, somewhat naive Federal mantel (early though not original) serves as a focal point. The house achieved its present appearance in 1857, when a two-story addition that included the two-level gallery porch with Chinese lattice railing and ornamental frieze cutout was built, along with a rear ell expansion that linked a formerly detached kitchen to the house.

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Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Jacob and Mary Persinger House", [Covington, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-AL16.

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