Strasburg Heritage Association

Strasburg, Virginia


Home of Susie and Wayne Powars

Grove House 267 South Holliday Street 1910

Built in 1910 by Dr. F.E Grove, this large, turreted brick home was the first house built in Strasburg complete with electricity, indoor plumbing and central heating. The expansive wrap-around porch and two-story turret announce late Victorian family living and entertaining on a romantic scale. It could not have better owners than Susie and Wayne Powars who revel in filling it with their 7 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren as often as possible.

Having purchased the home from Diane and Leon Smith in 2018, Wayne's grandfather, Adam Link, was once Pastor of the Strasburg Presbyterian Church and is buried in the cemetery there.

Entering the home through a small vestibule into the spacious front hall, one is met by the sweep of a grand staircase, hung along its walls with family portraits and photos. A small room to the right enters into the ground floor turret room, now dubbed the "Celtic Parlor" in honor of the family's Scottish ancestry.

Of particular interest in this charming circular space are standing screens in fine needlepoint made by Susie's grandmother and great grandmother. Pocket doors off the entry hall lead into the living room with its beveled glass front window and Victorian wall treatment. It is furnished with family antiques. From there a dining room is entered that boasts ample room for this big, extended family to gather around a long dining table for breakfasts and feasts. Behind is a large, recently remodeled kitchen complete with a butler's pantry.

The ground floor also includes a guest bedroom through which grand and great grandchildren can enter the "Harry Potter Room". This magical little retreat is fitted out with bunk beds and charming decorations. A bath and servant's stairs lie behind. The second floor of Grove House includes a spacious children's playroom and laundry room. A master bedroom suite includes a luxurious bath and sauna. A charming bedroom occupies the turret, and what is called the "Shakespeare" bedroom is served by the "Paris" bathroom which is decorated in black and white Toile.

The warmth, gaiety and closeness of the Powars family echo throughout this fine house, tempering and softening its Victorian elegance.