Mill Creek Church of the Brethren of Port Republic, VA will sponsor a four-home tour, “Past to Present,” on Saturday, November 6th, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. This tour is designed to benefit the Mill Creek Church Building Fund. The event will be concluded with refreshments in the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren Fellowship Hall.
The Dell #1
The tour begins at The Dell, located at 7384 Latimer Road and, as reported by the event brochure, “owned by the late John William (Bill) Wilson, Jr. family” since 1937. This home is the oldest of the tour, built in 1794 by Leonard Null and boasts “heart pine floors,” the original “open beam ceilings,” and “wood plank interior walls.” It is furnished with early American furniture to coordinate with the construction era.
The Jacob Yount House #2
The tour continues with The Jacob Yount House at 8218 Port Republic Road and owned and restored by Vern & Mary Jane Michael since 1984. This home, built in 1800 in the Federal style, was constructed by the Yount family and holds perhaps the most eccentric history. First, it was used by local Church of the Brethren families for worship services until 1840 when Mill Creek Church was constructed. Then, it served as a Civil War hospital for both CSA and Union Armies, being located in the middle of the Cross Keys and Port Republic battles.
Southport, the third residence of the tour and located at 7803 Port Republic Road is also the newest. Southport is a Georgian Colonial built in 1995 and acquired by Gerald and Julie Grandstaff Myers in 2000. The Myers have decorated their home in a Victorian style and will offer special historically decorated Christmas trees in multiple rooms for the tour.
The Widow Pence House #4
The final home of the tour, The Widow Pence House, is located at 6991 Port Republic Road. The 19th century style farmhouse residence is owned and was restored by Irving and Nancy Hess since 2002 under a Civil War Preservation Trust. Originally constructed in 1840, Sarah Kiblinger Pence lived there during the Civil War’s Battle of Cross Keys. The Hess’ home is furnished with historic artifacts and will feature historic re-enactors during the tour.
Tour Conclusion, Mill Creek Church of the Brethren
The Mill Creek Church of the Brethren will remain open an additional hour, until 6:00 PM, to conclude the tour with refreshments available in the Fellowship Hall.
No smoking, interior photography or video recording is allowed during the tour. Tour directors and homeowners additionally request that guests not wear spike heels.
Mill Creek Church of the Brethren
7600 Port Republic Road
Port Republic, VA 24471
Cost of Admission:
$20/person OR $10/single home
$10/children ages 6-12
No cost for children 5 and under
Home Tour: Past to Present Pamphlet. Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, undated.