Strasburg Heritage Association

Strasburg, Virginia

Morris & Marcheterre Houses

Home of Craig Morris and Mike Marcheterre 262 Sharpe St.

The Cabin and "Ham Shack" are back! Craig Morris and Mike Marcheterre are once again opening their two out buildings for this year's Holiday Heritage Homes Tour. Adjacent to their home (the former Brill house), the building once used to hang hams for Brill's Grocery is now called "The Ham Shack", and has been renovated as a cozy getaway complete with a large working fireplace and magnificent antique mantel imported from Louisiana. A generous sofa and upholstered chairs create a snug space for relaxing with a good book before a warm fire. A collection of vintage shoeshine boxes is a feature of this space. The "flavor" of the original building still resonates with the original nails in the rafters from which hams once hung. A screened porch off the back of the building overlooks a rain garden and large flagstone patio.

A log cabin was added to the rear of the property in 2011 as a summer retreat and entertainment space. I ts wraparound porch often hosts neighborhood get-togethers and pot luck suppers.

Formerly an 18th century tobacco barn in Appomattox, Virginia, the building was completely reassembled, chinked and plastered. The charming interior is rustically decorated with over-stuffed leather chairs, a large smelting furnace bellows, water buffalo antlers and plain-spoke chests and tables. A 1923 fifteen-foot long canoe from Maine is suspended from the peaked ceiling by hand-forged, wrought-iron hangers.

Trees and mantels in these two interesting buildings will be decorated with traditional and unique ornaments from the owners' collection and hung with fresh greenery.