This stately brick home at Philippi, West Virginia is set against the rolling hills of Barbour County and was built in 1870. The mansion house has been restored with great attention to authenticity for the period of the house. Featured are the homemade brick and the walnut woodwork throughout the house. The barn, built approximately 1850, has recently been restored and is open to the public on weekends during tour season. The house and land reflect the early history of West Virginia with the original owners engaged in farming. Emancipated slaves from the farm worked on the construction of the house. The surrounding area is rich in civil war history with the first land battle of the war fought in Philippi in June 1861.
Historic Tours are available for small or large groups from May 1 to December 31 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 11–5 pm and on Sundays 1–5 pm. Special tours, events, weddings, and meetings can be booked all year. A history of the house is given along with a tour of the rooms and basement area.
The barn at Adaland was constructed about 1850 by the son of the original settler of the land. It is of post and beam construction with native yellow poplar and other hardwoods used in the interior. Rafters were attached to the 8 inch x 8 inch beams by cutting a slot and inserting the rafter which was then fastened with wooden pegs. The barn has been restored and houses a display of early farm tools dating from about 1881. Tours are held on weekends or by request.
Heritage Center Arts, music and demonstrations of crafts are held on a regular weekend schedule and a Heritage Days festival is held on the third weekend in September each year. Spinning and weaving are demonstrated. Crafts include quilts, wall hangings, handmade baskets, hand blown glass balls, wood carvings, caned chairs and stools.
As spring begins in April, hundreds of daffodils bloom along the mansion driveway. By mid-May, an array of varieties bloom in the iris garden. A historic bed features irises from the 1920's and early 1930's. In June, the ramblers and old fashioned roses bloom in the formal gardens that can be enjoyed from the access stairway as well as along the brick walkways. By mid-summer day lilies dominate the terrace garden area and the butterfly garden attracts many visitors as the perennial garden beds continue blooming through the fall.
An herb garden showcases a variety of plants including the West Virginia Centennial Tomato from 1963.
Pictures and information were provided by Adaland Mansion
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