Strasburg Heritage Association

Strasburg, Virginia

Home of Michelle Burdette and Mindy Shane

368 W. King St., Strasburg, VA Circa 1892

This grand Victorian style home had once fallen into disrepair, but was bought and completely renovated by Strother and David Adams of Strother Adams, Inc., in 2010 and 2011. It is 90% original to the day it was built, down to its German lap siding, fish scale shingles in the front gable, long-stem pipe cutouts in the awning of the porch, five fireplaces and pine floors.

The home is entered through double poplar doors inset with patterned frosted glass. A horizontal light of off-set glass panes over the doors is mimicked by the pattern of the porch railing enclosure. The original hall light is etched glass depicting a noble woman and was made for the daughter of the original owner for her wedding. A massive carved poplar newel post marks the ascent of a fine staircase on the left.

One enters a large, pentagon-shaped living room or parlor on the right where a fireplace once warmed generations of inhabitants. Two floor-to-ceiling, walk-through windows at the front of this room open on to the porch. Some say these windows allowed a casket to be carried in and out of the building when there was a death in the family. A wooden bookcase holds a display of vintage cameras. Behind the parlor is the dining room accessed through tall pocket doors. This area is shaped like an octagon, has its own fireplace and large bay windows facing east, flooding the room with morning light. A variety of the owners' collectables occupy this room.

A large doorway opens to the east from the dining room into a den with bay windows and a cozy window seat. A fireplace sits on the rear wall of this room. Ten-foot ceilings, deep crown molding, arched doorways, rosettes casing and pine floors throughout the house are testimony to old-world craftsmanship. A large, newly renovated kitchen and full bath occupy the back of the house and are entered via the dining room and den.

In the upstairs are three large bedrooms and two baths, one containing the original claw-foot tub. Two more fireplaces once heated these rooms. Large windows and nine-foot ceilings maintain the light, airy feeling of the spaces. An attic, included in the tour, is accessed by stairs off the master bedroom.

You will truly step back in time and marvel at the details of this fine structure.