Strasburg Heritage Association

Strasburg, Virginia


Home of Liz and Mike Marx

286 West Washington Street 1898

This Italianate style home, built in 1898, was originally the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Eberlv. John Eberly was a descendent of potter, Letcher Eberly, who was responsible for the polychrome glaze that so much distinguishes Strasburg Pottery. That tradition was carried through under the name of J. Eberly St Company potters until the early 1900's. Mrs. Eberly resided in the home until her death at the age of 103.

The home has had only three occupants since Mrs. Eberly's time, and the current owners, Liz and Mike Marx bought the house in 1996. Their occupancy there has been a labor of love and tribute to the home's history and charm so that it still evokes the gentle qualifies of early small-town life.

Four large, airy, sun-filled rooms flank a spacious central hallway on each floor. Worm-eaten pine floors have been kept but refinished throughout in order to preserve the authenticity and age of the home. Fireplaces grace each room and still function in the family room and kitchen. Though the craftsman is not known, the staircase newel post and banister duplicate those found at the Strasburg Community Library and at the home of Liz and Jack Schillinger.

An accomplished quilter, a variety of Liz Marx's work will be on display.

As equally delightful as the house, are the grounds. You will enter through the back gate into a secret garden of surprising proportions where a flock of rare, cream-colored Bro Brabbanter chickens occupy a large, whimsical enclosure at the east end of the property. A swimming pool, flower garden and vegetable garden flank a charming back porch sheltered under a slanted roof and furnished with comfortable antique tables and chairs.

We are so happy to be introducing this home for the first time.