Strasburg Heritage Association

Strasburg, Virginia

Keefe House

Home of Elizabeth and Fred Keefe 187 High St., Strasburg, VA Circa 1872

Elizabeth and Fred Keefe are the last of five families to have owned this charming home. James Sonner, a master builder in early Strasburg, built this Italianate Victorian house for his own family in 1872.

It was the long-time home of Jack Crawford, founder of Crawford Insurance Company, until his death in 2002.

Distinguishing features of this home include the Palladian style window in the front gable, its clustered porch columns and ornate brackets and the original white picket fence which extends along the front of the house and spacious side yard.

Having purchased the house from Cheryl and Michael Whittle in December of 2014, the Keefes set about the renovations and redecorating that, now completed, have made the house home for themselves and their three children. Soft Williamsburg colors on the walls and fresh white woodwork lighten the interior rooms. A central hall containing a carpeted staircase opens to the left on to a lovely living room with an original fireplace and mantel, and large-proportioned rounded molding. Further down the hall a door opens to the right on to a cozy den which at one time had been Jack Crawford's office and housed part of his collection of rare Indian artifacts which are now on display at the Strasburg Museum. It too has its original fireplace and mantel. Beautiful, oversized woodwork and generous original windows is a feature of the front of the house.

The front hall leads directly into a spacious dining room with its own fireplace. Windows at either end, giving it airy, light-filled warmth. Behind the dining room is a charming kitchen which the Keefe's have completely renovated by gutting the former room and refitting it with beautiful antiqued cabinets, countertops, flooring and a hammered copper farm sink. Off the kitchen an enclosed porch provides space for storage, coats and boots.

Two bedrooms and a bath occupy the second floor, while a bath and two bedrooms occupy a half-story 1890's addition at the back of the house.

An original smokehouse sits at the rear of the lot to the east of the kitchen.

It is a joy to see young families take an interest in and love of many of the fine old homes of Strasburg. We know you will enjoy the fresh, new look of this classic Sonner house.