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Traveller's Rest (West Virginia)

Kearneysville, West Virginia
County of Jefferson.
National Register Number: 72001288
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: WV-2 Certified Local Government: YES

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 28, 1972):
The limestone main house and two contributing outbuildings of this farmstead derive their primary significance from their association with General Horatio Gates, a major Revolutionary War figure who made his home here from 1773 to 1790. In October 1777 Gates led patriot troops that forced General Burgoyne's army to surrender at Saratoga.

The current owner of the property, who is conscientious about the care of the farmstead, recently restored the main house, but needs technical and financial assistance to stabilize and restore the badly-deteriorating stone spring house and two-story stone tenant's house.

In the summer of 1999 about 50% of the exterior stone walls of the tenant's house collapsed, although the roof miraculously remained intact. In September, 1999, two National Park Service architects from Harper's Ferry, examined the structure and prepared a stabilization/restoration report to begin the planning process.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
Emergency funds from the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office helped to cover and stabilize the tenant house in the spring of 2000. However, additional funds are needed to restore this structure, and to stabilize and restore the stone spring house.

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