Historic "The Crooked House" Series
Sugar Maple Bowls From The Site Of A Shepherdstown Landmark
About The Crooked House
photograph courtesy of the Jefferson County Historical Society
The original portion of the decidedly out-of-square house at 204 Washington Street in Shepherdstown was erected in 1786 by Cato Moore and is one of the area's few genuine 18th century wood frame houses. The house was home to the Miller Family for over a century. Solomon Miller and his wife Sophia Cookus Miller were children of Revolutionary War veterans who produced a notable family of artisans including weavers, carriage makers, painters, cabinet makers and needle crafters, among them the painter and illustrator Eleazer Hutchinson Miller, whose work was once displayed at Washington D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery of Art and is also at the Historic Shepherdstown museum. The house was once owned by Edmund Jennings Lee IV, a relative of Robert E. Lee, an Episcopal priest, missionary and school headmaster who retired there in the mid-20th century and gave the house its distinctive name. The Crooked House is included on the Historic Shepherdstown Walking Tour, which you read more about here: learn more about a Shepherdstown visit here.
A Windblown Sugar Maple And A Near Miss At The Crooked House
In early October, 2016, a vicious wind storm toppled the stately Sugar Maple (Acer sacchurum) that had resided for decades next door to the Crooked House. Thankfully, the tree fell precisely between the Crooked House and its neighbor, doing a remarkably slight amount of property damage considering its proximity to historic buildings. The Town employees responsible for removal of the fallen giant cheerfully acceded to my request to harvest a few chunks, resulting in this series of wood turnings.