Preservation Personals: Diminutive Virginia Castle Seeks Owners With Oversized Imagination
Situated in southern Virginia, near the border with North Carolina, is the town of Martinsville. It’s a pretty typical American town, with local schools, a town center, and a history going back to the Revolutionary War. In the early 20th century, the town’s primary business was furniture making. This drew many people to the area who built houses like me.
But what is a diminutive castle like myself doing in Virginia? Well, when I was built in the 1920s, anything went. And anyway, wouldn’t you like to say you live in a castle?
My rounded tower entrance and steeply pitched gabled roof make clear my French chateau character to visitors making their way up my brick driveway. I’m entirely awash in white paint, inside and out, so I seem fresh and bright. Small, medieval-inspired windows that pepper my walls further inspire a castle-like feel.
I’m much more comfortable, though, than medieval castles. Besides the obvious (plumbing, electricity, central air), I was built to be a home, not a fortress, so I’m quite cozy. Tall ceilings, arched doorways, built-in bookshelves, and exposed beams throughout my rooms give me quite an elegant feel.
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