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Anna Jarvis House

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1854. 1980s–1990s. East side of U.S. 199 and 250
  • (West Virginia Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)
  • Anna Jarvis House (Larry Belcher)

Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother's Day (see TA2), was born in this house, which her father built. Union General George McClellan used it for a short time as an office in the spring of 1861. The two-story frame structure is built on a high sandstone foundation. Its five-bay fenestration is regular, and a small front porch centers the facade. A covered walkway connects the house to a board-and-batten dependency on one side, and a later wing extends to the rear. The Daughters of the American Revolution and The Thunder on the Tygart Foundation spearheaded its recent preservation and restoration because of its association with Miss Jarvis. The house, which is now a museum and gift shop, also stands as a representative middle-class home of its period.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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

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