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Jacob Prickett, Jr., House

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1781. North side of Marion County 72, .3 mile northwest of Prickett's Fort
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Standing isolated on an open hillside near a spring, this two-story, V-notched log house is Marion County's oldest known building. A son of Captain Jacob Prickett built it not far from the fort. The large sandstone chimney at one gable end contains a single fireplace used for cooking and for heating the entire house. It and the sandstone-lined cellar were built from stone obtained nearby. Each floor consists of a single room, measuring about 15 feet by 20 feet. Openings are few: two doors and two windows on the main floor and small windows in the gables above. The shed-roofed front and rear porches are reconstructions. A Prickett family foundation maintains the house as a museum.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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