Scenic USA - West Virginia

Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state and
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Jacob Sites Home

Jacob Sites Home

Photo by Ben Prepelka
Seneca Rocks Inset by Amanda Haddox

West Virginia's Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, lying at the foot of Seneca Rocks, is suggested as the place to begin a visit to one of the state's most scenic attractions. A landmark in Pendleton County, Seneca Rocks dominates the creek valley with a craggy ridge that rises sharply to 900 feet.
Seneca Rocks - Amanda Haddox The center also acquaints its visitors with Appalachian living history. Interpretive programs present traditional techniques of local craftspersons and artisans. Special events include Civil War reenactments, blacksmithing, flint knapping and frontier living. The 1839 Jacob Sites home, pictured here, offers insight into 19th century Appalachian living.
The American frontier became a most effective architectural melting pot. The basic home design began as a German blockbau (log home). Halls and parlors were typically English additions. This southern style home, with its porches, exterior chimney and summer kitchen was influenced by the French. The stick-built, clapboard sided home shows significant advances in lumber mill products and inexpensive transportation. Exterior renovations to the Sites Homestead were completed in May of 1990.



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