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Mount Vernon Farms

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H. E. Shadle House
1926–1927. South side of U.S. 35, 7 miles east of intersection with WV 2 at Henderson
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

H. E. Shadle, a retired Charleston businessman who shared George Washington's birthday, freely interpreted Mount Vernon when he built this house on a portion of his hero's extensive western lands. As a second career, Shadle established a dairy operation on his 1,400-acre tract and shipped milk to Charleston. There he sold it at the Mount Vernon Dairy Building. This structure, now gone, was a far more slavish copy of Mount Vernon than the house. Numerous barns, stables, and silos, all part of Shadle's extensive farm operations, surround the house in a relationship similar to the plantation outbuildings at Mount Vernon. Washington would no doubt have approved.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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