Five-year study sets up Clermont preservation

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Posted: July 2, 2013

The Winchester Star

Architectural historian Maral Kalbian (left) and architect Ken Livingston look over the side of former slaves’ quarters at Clermont where parts of a handrail from the original house were found to be used for chinking in the wall. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
The main house at Clermont is comprised of two buildings that were joined in 1971. To the far left is the remaining slave quarters, built in 1821-22. CLERMONTSTUDY3--This is the main house at Clermont Farm. 6/27/2013 SCOTT MASON
Clermont owner Ellen Jett McCormick, widow of Maj. Edward McCormick, CSA, set aside part of her husband’s holdings to found Josephine City, now Josephine Street, as a home for former slaves. She is shown at Clermont, surrounded by her grandchildren, in July 1898. The boy to her right, Lynde Dupuy McCormick, joined the Navy and was the first Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic for NATO in 1952-54. The tallest boy in the center of the photo is Edward Moore. To his left is Lloyd William Williams, who commanded the 51st Company of the 5th Marine Regiment at Belleau Wood, in France, in June 1918 during World War I. Ordered to retreat, Williams said, “Retreat, Hell! We just got here!” The phrase is engraved on the U.S. Marine Corps Museum.
Bob Stieg Jr., CEO of the Clermont Foundation, points out a beam that was taken from one structure to be used in the wall of a stable at Clermont. The building is now a garage. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

BERRYVILLE — A five-year investigation of Clermont, an 18th century farmhouse, shows it began as a log cabin and expanded to enclose four separate buildings.

“It’s a house of aspirations,” said…

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