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Valhalla Farm (Abraham Beydler House)

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Abraham Beydler House
c. 1800; c. 1850 addition. 2748 Zion Church Rd.
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

Constructed for Beydler, a Mennonite from eastern Pennsylvania who had settled in the Shenandoah Valley by 1783, the Federal house is an L-shaped brick building situated on a banked site. The steep grade of the bank provides a full-story stone basement at the rear of the main section. A two-story brick addition, appended to the original building around 1850, doubled the size of the house. Unusual for its fine brickwork, the house has walls laid in Flemish bond on the south and north elevations, a molded brick cornice at the front and rear, and brick jack arches over all window and door openings. A brick smokehouse/ summer kitchen with diamond-shaped vents in each gable end occupies a banked site east of the house.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Valhalla Farm (Abraham Beydler House)", [Maurertown, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 70-70.

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