The McKeever Mansion
Open Saturday and Sunday
The McKeever Mansion is a 2.5 story Second Empire Style building with its Mansard roofs, rests on a continuous stone foundation and was constructed between 1876 and 1889. The one-story, full width porch is a later addition featuring scrolled metal posts and a hip roof.
John W. & Cornelia E. McKeever conveyed the property in consideration of John P. McKeever's having built the house on the lot, "and the consideration of keeping us in our lifetime." The 1899 Hardy County Land Books shows the property was valued at $1,000, with $900 accounted for by improvements.
In a 1996 conversation, Patricia Fansler, former owner of the building said her father Kenna H. Fansler was born in the house. Census records give McKeever's year of birth as 1889. John P. McKeever conveyed the Fansler House to Kenna in 1925. Patricia Fansler purchased the house in 1985. In 2015, the Mansion on Main opened as an art's space. The Mansion has an art gallery and artists' studios.
Open Courtesy of John Crowe and Barbara Ratcliff
Location 140 W Main Street, Wardensville