If you haven't already visited Pendleton County, you really must go! It is a beautiful part of West Virginia and is home to Seneca Rocks (an awesome rock outcrop) and Spruce Knob (the highest point in WV). It is also known for amazing pie! Well, maybe not, but we had excellent pie EVERY SINGLE NIGHT and we loved it. Thanks to the Fireside Cafe folks of Franklin who literally served us breakfast, lunch, dinner, and pie every day for a week. Delicious!
Our first stop in Pendleton County was the Pitsenbarger Farm. Some folks at the WV Preservation Alliance told us about this place a while ago, and we had been dying to see it ever since! Fortunately, the owners, Jeff and Teresa, were equally as excited to have us come visit. Here are the highlights from our trip to Pitsenbarger Farm.
Ananias Pitsenbarger Farm
The double crib barn appears to have been built using multiple tree species, including white oak, tulip poplar, and possibly American chestnut. It has steeple notches that were left rounded on the bottom edge. Because of its proximity to the Amick House site and significant distance from the rest of the Pitsenbarger structures it is possible that this barn was built during the Amick ownership in the late 1700s.
The farm house is a two story log structure with an attic. It is currently covered in siding on the outside, but logs are visible on the inside. A kitchen was added to the structure, probably in the late 1800s. It is believed that this farm house was constructed by the Propst family around 1845.
There is no known date for the spring house, though the half dovetail notching suggests mid 1800s construction, likely placing it under the Propst ownership. We were unable to identify the species used in construction; however, it appears to be built of either tulip poplar or American chestnut.