Strasburg Heritage Association

Strasburg, Virginia

Taylor House

Tim and Rhonda Taylor Home 144 High St., Strasburg, VA Circa 1884

This stately and iconic home is notable for its generous front porch with a curved wrap-around balustrade and roof line at one end, and its elegant slate 2nd Empire Mansard roof.

Built in 1884 by William Henry Copp, the original exterior and 8 inch thick interior walls of the house are entirely of brick construction from the basement level to the top floor.

The interior walls of the original four downstairs and four upstairs rooms were covered by still-extant horsehair plaster.

Upon entering the home, visitors are greeted by a wide center hallway and lovely staircase which features alternate dark and light wood ballasters. Beautifully carved appliques of carpenter's lace decorate the outside profile of the stairs. Two rooms open off each side of the hallway and include a parlor and dining room to the right, each with its' own fireplace, and a den/history room and office/sitting room to the left. These two rooms have been connected by an opening to allow better flow between them and the den features the Taylor's collection of historic artifacts and prints.

The dining room, which is entered by a door behind the staircase is one of the largest rooms of the original home. Grand in style and size, the dining room extends past the front room to the east by virtue of a large, three-window bay. It is graced by a fireplace and marble surround, French doors leading to the front parlor and a built-in leaded glass china cabinet. A door leading from the back of the dining room to the back of the wrap-around porch still contains its' original etched-glass window.

A kitchen addition with a cooking fireplace in the basement below was added in the early 1900's. A back porch off the kitchen to the east was enclosed and is now used as a laundry room.

The second floor hall and rooms of the Taylor home duplicate the four rooms of the first floor and consist of three bedrooms and a den. The master bedroom is the same size and shape as the dining room below, including a large, three-window bay. An adjoining master bath has been added over part of the kitchen addition, and a second bath is accessed at the end of the hallway.

A massive attic under the mansard roof is flooded with light from a series of dormers with arched windows and has provided space for a wonderful playroom and hang-out for the Taylor children.

Everyone passing the Taylor house during the holidays delights in their seasonal decorations. We all look forward to and anticipate a Christmas fantasy worthy of this beautiful home.