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Thomas Maslin House

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c. 1848. 131 South Main St. (east side of the angular intersection of South Main and Water sts.)
  • Thomas Maslin House (Nancy Powell)

Thomas Maslin is said to have brought two builders from Baltimore to supervise construction of his extraordinarily handsome Greek Revival town house. Of a size and scale more frequently found on the prosperous farms surrounding Moorefield than in town, the Maslin House has a number of features typical of antebellum architecture in the South Branch Valley. A portico of perfect classical proportions, with paired Ionic columns on each side of a broad opening and a pediment above, centers the two-story, five-bay facade of the brick house. Reflecting a lingering Federal influence, the front doorway has a semielliptical fanlight. A deck-on-hip roof covers the double-pile building and provides the base of a railed platform. A series of tiny diamond-shaped windows set in the walls of the platform light the attic and are the only curious feature in an otherwise academic composition. The house is set in a spacious, landscaped yard, and an early brick outbuilding stands at the rear of the property.

Judge Thomas Maslin played a singular role in the 1872 West Virginia Constitutional Convention, as recorded in this resolution: “Whereas, Hon. Thomas Maslin, a member of this body, has presented to the Convention a pen made from a quill which, with his own hand, he plucked from the pinion of the American eagle, with which he desires the new Constitution shall be signed; Resolved, That the Convention thankfully accept the pen … and direct that the new Constitution be signed therewith.”

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Thomas Maslin House", [Moorefield, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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