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Rural Hill (Edward Tabb House)

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Edward Tabb House
c. 1800, 1820. Northwest side of Berkeley County 4, 1.7 miles southwest of the intersection with WV 9. The intersection is 1.2 miles southeast of Hedgesville

Built by a member of a well-known Tidewater Virginia family, this manor house combines rugged, coursed-rubble limestone walls with delicate Federal details. The main block has a five-bay facade with large first-floor windows containing twelve-over-twelve sash. Second-floor windows contain twelve-overeight sash. The elegant cornice has a fretwork architrave more typical of interior than exterior trim. A two-tiered porch, covered by an extension of the gable roof, fronts a recessed side wing. A huge rear wing that extends the width of the main block was added early in the nineteenth century. Rural Hill presides over a pristine setting, on a knoll overlooking verdant fields with the wooded slopes of North Mountain as a backdrop.

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S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Rural Hill (Edward Tabb House)", [Martinsburg, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-BE31.

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