Photo credit: Charity V. Davidson , 12/1997

Property Name: Snively Farm
Date Listed: 9/24/1979
Inventory No.: WA-II-0278
Location: Eakles Mills Road, Keedysville, Washington County

Description: Snively Farm is a two-story, three-bay log structure with an exposed basement at the front elevation. The walls rest on fieldstone foundations and are sheathed with asbestos shingles. Extending to the rear or west is a two-story, three-bay addition of stone construction. To this wing has been added a one-story, two-bay stone kitchen. Because of the exposed foundations, the house from the front appears to be three stories high with a ground level entrance into the basement. At the rear of the log section, part of the wall surface has been exposed revealing "V"-notched corner joining. Windows have either 6/6 or 2/2 sash. Those in the stone addition have massive framing with pegged mortise and tenon joints. All of these windows retain 6/6 sash. The main entrance is located in the center bay of the front elevation, and has a door with heavy raised panels on the exterior and vertical board sheathing on the interior surface. It is hung below a three-light transom. Other entrances are located in the south elevation of the addition at the first and second stories, the upper level door having been boarded shut at the exterior when a porch roof was rebuilt across it. Apparently there was originally a two-story porch along the entire south elevation of the addition. The roof of the house is sheathed with corrugated metal and terminates with barge boards set directly against the end walls. Chimneys are placed on the interior of the house, one in the log section just north of center and the other in the stone section, west of center. The one-story stone kitchen addition has a large stone inside end chimney located north of the roof peak. Outbuildings include a stone springhouse and a frame butchering or outkitchen with a massive stone exterior chimney.

Significance: This farmstead, known for many years as the "Snively Farm," contains an 18th century central chimney Germanic log house with a late 18th or early 19th century stone addition, outbuildings, and the ruins of a bank barn. Architecturally the house is particularly significant as an 18th century example showing the influence of ethnic building traditions. Stylistic elements and construction techniques suggest that the front or log portion of the house was probably built during the last two decades of the 18th century. It would appear that the stone wing was added shortly thereafter. The building retains a substantial amount of original work, such as doors, trim, and hardware. Worthy of particular note is the fireplace treatment in the log section where the mantelpiece shows the mixed influence of Georgian stylistic elements and Germanic folk art. Other important 18th century features include exposed interior framing and the central chimney location associated with Germanic traditions.




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