Abram's Delight Museum
Conveniently located not far from
George Washington's Office Museum where Mr. Washington worked to
secure the Valley and western mountains for settlement is Abram's
Delight Museum. It is a wonderful example of early setlement life in
the lower Shenandoah Valley. The house was built in 1754, the year
the French and Indian War began, and today is restored and furnished
to reflect the style of that century.
Abraham Hollingsworth, a Quaker, was an early settler in the Winchester area. He found the Shawnee Indians camped beside a bountiful spring and declared the property, "A Delight to Behold." He claimed 582 acres and paid the Indians a cow, a calf, and a piece of red cloth. He built a log home and mill beside the spring and brought his family from Cecil County, Maryland.
Abraham's son Isaac Hollingsworth, built the
stone house, "Abram's Delight." Through the years the property
became a center of industry and the stone house a center of
hospitality. The west wing was added about 1800 and the house
was redecorated and the property improved in the 1830's.
As a lover of early American history,
you'll experience genuine antique
furnishings and artifacts throughout this native limestone house. Because
of the religious affiliation of the original builder the house originally
served as Winchester's first Quaker meeting house.
The house is the oldest in Winchester and
has been witness to the town's settlement, the bitter strife of the French
and Indian War, the formation of the United States, and the devastation
of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. You might even encounter one of the main house's ghosts
which have been known to wander the halls.
Abram's Delight Museum is administered
by the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society. It is located at
1340 S. Pleasant Valley Road just north of the intersection of Millwood
Ave. (Rt. 50) behind the Firehouse. The Museum is open April 1 - October
31: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon to 4 p.m. The offices
of the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society are located on the
second floor of the house.
Located on the grounds of Abram's Delight is a small log
cabin that represents what the more common abode on the frontier would
have looked like. Most homes were not as fine as Abram's Delight,
but were more commonly cabins. Beside the cabin is a set of mill
wheels representing one facet of the small industry that emerged as the
frontier became more settled and affluent.
The Historical Society and the Handley Library
maintain an archive within the library that contains numerous historical
deocuments and personal records. The archive is open Tuesday and Wednesday
from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1. George Washington's Office Museum
2. Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters
3. Abram's Delight Museum & Winchester-Frederick
County Historical Society and Winchester Visitor Center
4. Mt. Hebron Cemetery
5. Daniel Morgan's Grave
6. Confederate Cemetery
7. Old Stone Presbyterian Church
8. National Cemetery
9. Fort Loudoun Site (Col. Washington's Headquarters
10. 1840 County Courthouse
11. General Sheidan's Headquarters
12. The Handley Library and Archives
Website: Abram's Delight
© 2001 Col. Washington's Frontier
updated May 7, 2007-11/8/12