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William Balthis House

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c. 1787; 1840s, 1855 additions. 55 Chester St.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

One of Front Royal's earliest buildings, this two-story weatherboarded dwelling represents a middle-class house of the settlement period in the town's history. The section on the right is the oldest and was probably erected for George Cheek. It is a heavy frame structure with brick nogging and a stone chimney. In 1838 William Balthis, who operated a blacksmith shop next door, purchased the property and soon after added the rear brick wing and, in 1855, the front frame addition now at the left. A wooden kitchen with an exterior-end stone chimney and a log smokehouse can be seen at the rear. Now owned by the Warren Heritage Society, the house is open to the public.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "William Balthis House", [Front Royal, 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, 65-65.

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