N P Showalter Homeplace
This is a picture of my great grandfather's homeplace. It was built approx. 1896. This picture was taken around 1902, and was located in Burks Run in Pulaski County, VA. The home burnt down not too long afterward. Family in front is as follows: (L to R)- Nathaniel Pryor Showalter (age 54); James Earnest Showalter (age 23); William Nathaniel Showalter, my grandfather (age 16); Annie McTier Showalter (Roop), (age 18), grandfather's sister; Henry Bernard Showalter (age 13); Mary Louise Roberts, age 54 (my great-grandmother); Nannie Byrd (neighbor); Josiah Roberts Showalter (age 21).
The lumber to construct the house came from native trees, cured for 3 months prior to construction and hand dressed. The stone for the 2 chimneys was quarried on location, dressed by Lockard Covey (father of Fred Covey of Radford). Chimney was built by Lockard Covey. The mortar for the chimneys was made from a base of lime quarried on location. The carpentry was done by Henry B. Showalter (first cousin of NP Showalter), and helped by NP Showalter and family. The parlor was ceiled by wood from a lynwood tree which grew on Laurel Creek in Max Mountain. The shingles were made from white pine; riven on location. ... show more