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Abram's Delight, Winchester

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Abram's Delight is a historic home located in Winchester, Virginia. Built in 1754, it is the oldest house in the city. It was owned by the Hollingsworth family for almost 200 years and is typical of the Shenandoah Valley architecture of the Scotch-Irish settlers. The property was added to the Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) in 1972 and the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1973. Abram's Delight currently serves as a historic house museum.HistoryIn 1728, Abraham Hollingsworth, grandson of Valentine Hollingsworth, a Quaker immigrant from Ireland, arrived in the Shenandoah Valley and settled in present-day Winchester. He received a land grant of 582acre around 1732 from Alexander Ross and Morgan Bryan, though he had to later renegotiate the grant with Lord Fairfax, who owned all the land between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. Some historians believe Hollingsworth was also required to pay local Shawnee members a cow, a calf, and a piece of red cloth for the land. Hollingsworth, considered the founder of Winchester, described his land a "delight to behold." He built a log cabin next to a natural spring and just west of where the current house is located. Although the cabin no longer stands, the cabin's hand-dug well is still visible. Historians believe a wooden stockade once surrounded his home and that he began construction of the present house before his death in 1748. His widow, Ann Robinson, inherited the property but died the following year. Their second son, Isaac, a Quaker minister, inherited the property and made plans for a house that could also serve as a Quaker meeting place. Simon Taylor was chosen to build the home. He had recently completed construction of Springdale for Colonel John Hite, now the oldest house in Frederick County, and the two homes share similar stonework. Quakers held meetings in the Hollingsworth house with men sitting in the parlor and women in the dining room.
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  • We did not go into the building but enjoyed walking the grounds with a grove of very old walnut trees. The pond next to the stone structure is enjoyed by a wide variety of towns people. Log cabin is i...  read more »
  • Visited this property as part of a package deal along with the Stonewall Jackson house and George Washington house. Out of the three, this was definitely the least interesting of the bunch. Aside from...  read more »
  • The guide shared with us a wonderful story of the family who lived in the house and adjacent property from the original settlement of Winchester to the early 20th Century, illustrating it with the det...  read more »
  • Great museum to visit and for a small donation can use the gazebo for short wedding ceremonies
  • Very pretty place.
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