Strasburg Heritage Association

Strasburg, Virginia

Copp House (1909)
Lana & Don Le Vine Home
441 Stover Avenue

Built in 1909 by George Copp supposedly as a 'town home' for his wife, Emma, this late Victorian style home welcomes travelers entering Strasburg from Rt. 11 south with a burst of gardens, flowers, and seasonal decor throughout the year from Valentine's Day to Christmas. Its wrap around porch, dormered windows, and generous proportions are a fitting introduction to Strasburg's hospitality and historic architecture. Bought by Lana and Don Le Vine in 1994, the home has been lovingly restored and furnished in keeping with early 20th Century style. The Le Vine's replaced the back of the house with a large addition in 2014-15, which includes a kitchen, breakfast room, laundry and bath on the first floor and a sitting room, hall and bathroom on the second floor. The oak woodwork with bulls eye rosettes that is found throughout the original house was duplicated for the new addition as well as were transoms over the doors and foot high baseboards. The breakfast room off the kitchen and the sitting room above are located in a tower shaped construction fitted with windows overlooking the back garden, pool, pond and fountain. A shelving unit in the laundry room is hinged to reveal the original back curved stairs of the house and the new bathroom is built over the space that once held the outdoor privy (oddly, attached to the outside of the house). All doors and wainscoting in the house are of planed oak that preserves the original faux graining treatment painted by an itinerant craftsman, while the walls of the study and above the dining room picture rail were faux painted by John W. Orndorff. A low boy from Lana's grandmother and china given to her parents on their wedding day by her uncle are on display in the dining room. The parlor features a Murano glass chandelier from a hotel in Venice, Italy, circa 1909, a restored piano also from 1909, and a mannequin in a dress reputed to be from the family of Milton Hershey. The center hall of the home leads to the glass paned front door, and a vestibule decorated with a Christmas tree, the parlor and dining room sharing the main tree decorated in Victorian style with decorations collected over the last 40 years, and the family room decorated with Lana's collection of angels and snow people. There are over twenty trees throughout the house, every room offering a tree of a different motif. You may look forward to a Christmas wonderland in this elegant yet warm and inviting home.