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Heritage Weekend Tile 2011

Westfall Place Cunningham Place

Heritage Weekend Tile 2011

Locally known as the "Cunningham Place," Westfall was officially listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1985. Built around 1860 by Garrett Cunninghman (son of Solomon Cunningham who built Hickory Hill), Westfall was the primary dwelling of a farm of nearly 900 acres. One of several substantial farm houses dating from the 19th century in the South Branch Valley, Westfall reflects the general prosperity of the region during that time. The house, constructed of brick, believed to have been fired on site, is of the Greek Revival style, particularly evidenced in the temple style main entrance portico. Another interesting feature of the architecture of the house is the multiple roof lines and extensions- perhaps indicative of several periods of construction. A barn that was part of the original farm complicit is located on the opposite side of US Route 220.

With nearly 5000 square feet of living space, Westfall is built in an unusual "Z" shape. Four rooms on the first floor and four on the second floor are roughly 20x20 with 10' ceilings. A separate "wing" on the southwest corner contains smaller rooms and is presumed to have serves as servants' quarters. Perhaps the most stunning feature of the house is the flying staircase in the main entry hall. Circling up three levels, the stairway reflects the craftsmanship and artistry of woodworkers in the Valley in the mid 1800s. If you listen closely, you may hear echos of laugher rom generations fo children who joyously slid down the long, curving banister.

Ancestry records indicate Garrett Cunningham never married. At some period, Westfall passed into ownership of the Chipley family and for. many years was rented by various families. The present owner, has completed important restoration and preservation work to assure that Westfall will be enjoyed by many generations to come.

Located on 220 South of Moorefield.

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