c. 1900 Classical Revival – Clarksburg, WV

Added to OHD on 8/13/13   -   Last OHD Update: 4/12/20   -   17 Comments

770 Rr 1, Clarksburg, WV 26301

  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3336 Sq Ft
  • 4 Ac.
A touch of the old! A touch of the South! This home could be brought back to it's original charm. Beautiful stair case, 6 Fireplaces, and FREE GAS (APO). Wood floor & Fireplace. All on 4.00 Acres and being sold "AS IS"

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17 Comments on c. 1900 Classical Revival – Clarksburg, WV

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  1. alan deyoung says: 2 comments

    In this part of WV, free-flowing natural gas is to be found on many properties. The local gas company often contracts with the property owner to install a pump and supply line, giving the property owner free gas in exchange. bottom line: heating and cooking gas is thus free to the property owner. basically then the owner of this property will have almost no utility costs.

  2. John Shiflet says: 5472 comments

    Thanks for the added information. The free natural gas (I always thought it had to be processed to be ready for home use?) is a big plus. Assuming no strict limits on usage are in place an owner could have a small cottage industry (a gas fired pottery kiln comes to mind) on site. As for rural crime, I believe that very few places are remote enough for opportunistic criminals. My spouse and her brother jointly own an 80-acre family farm near the Canadian River in east central Oklahoma. The old farmhouse which has not be lived in since the 1980’s has been repeatedly broken into over the years even though there was almost nothing of value remaining. We finally joined up with the brother-co-owner a few months ago and made sure nothing of value remained; even the 90 year old barn had been ransacked despite some family members having lived nearby but they had not seen the intruders. A lucky find I made in a remote and covered with debris part of the large old barn was an early 1900’s John Deere hand plow (used when hitched to a horse or mule) which my spouse and her brother’s late grandfather had once used to plow the fields. The brother-in-law took it back home to restore it. Still, if this Clarksburg place were mine, I’d remove the bars from the windows because they suggest to passers by that there’s something of value inside. Better to equip the house with an alarm system or CCTV surveillance system as well as stern warning signs. (“protected by Smith & Wesson”; “Smile, you’re on camera!” etc.) Most important of all, get to know your neighbors and try to set up a local crime watch program. Post a few crime watch signs to that effect along the road. Get the house painted and park a car or pickup out in front to make it look lived in. All are common sense measures that may help deter crime. After living in an inner-city Fort Worth, TX historic neighborhood for almost 25 years, dealing with the possibility of crime is part of our experience.

  3. Kathy J. says: 1 comments

    The bars on the windows are most likely because the home was formerly owned by a company that did iron work and made window bars, fences, etc. It probably has nothing to do with the crime rate, but is actually an example of their work. This home is in a highly traveled location. If you look at the map view, you can see a sign in front of the home that says Franklin Door Company.

  4. Michael says: 1 comments

    I am familiar with this house growing up just down the road the bars that u see on the windows were put on the house by the previous owners more for advertising than anything. He operated the Clarksburg iron and steel and a side company to that was Franklin Door that sold wrought iron doors and window bars etc. The living room of this house was used in the 1969 movie The Rain People starring James Caan .

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11843 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Cool! Thanks for the interesting clarification about the bars. Now I’ve got to go check out the movie, just to see the house. 😉

  5. Amber Klema says: 1 comments

    I love this house! Can anyone tell me anything else about it? I would move in tomorrow. It needs some work, but it is beautiful.

  6. Philip says: 1 comments

    This fine old homestead was once an absolute beauty in the 1960s and once owned by a prominent family. Sits at an interesting angle along a country highway, near the country club and beautiful homes exist within a half mile with a lovely farm or two beyond. Had not been back to that area until recent years and noticed its decline over the last 30-40 years. No ghost stories that I am aware of. The portico was changed and detracts in an attempt with post modern, but interior looks fairly intact here with the exception of the kitchen and those doors–send to auction.

  7. Jerry says: 1 comments

    It’s a beautiful old home in a nice rural part of Clarksburg. I used to pass it everyday. It is in a very desirable part of the county, with very low crime. LOL…I’m always amazed at the amount of information people on the internet love to share about things they know nothing about. Free gas is usually given to landowners that have had a well drilled on or near their property…usually receiving 300,000 cubic ft. of gas a year. This is a big selling point for West Virginians with big old houses that don’t have updated HVAC systems.

  8. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11843 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Sorry to say, the home was demolished.

    Thanks David for letting me know about it.

  9. SueSue says: 1130 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    So sad this home was demolished. Just a crime.

  10. I hope something was salvaged, people who that do this make me just sick!

  11. Stephanie Tharp says: 20 comments

    I would rather they sell it to someone on contract, or give it away in a lottery than have someone tear it down! What an absolute shame!

  12. Stacy says: 469 comments

    I know it’s an old post but when I saw this beautiful home had been demolished my heart just sunk… I don’t know if there’s a “good” reason, but I hope so.

  13. 😢 sadness

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