Glen Burnie Historic House (Winchester, VA)

When I visited the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (a short detour from where Highway 17 South begins and Highway 17 North ends), I also wandered around the grounds of the Glen Burnie Historic house. It’s listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, where it is described as a Georgian style, 2 1/2 story residence that was built in several stages. Beginning in 1794, the central part of the housewas was built. The northern end contains a stairway and dining room while the southern end contains the what is now the library. In 1959, the owner made an extensive renovation, where a drawing room and kitchen wings were added. The house is currently closed for preservation work until 2014.

From the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley website:

The Glen Burnie Historic House traces its historic significance to surveyor James Wood, who settled on this land in the early 1700s and then donated portions of his homestead to establish the city of Winchester in 1744. His son Robert likely constructed the central portion of the Glen Burnie Historic House in the 1790s. The house’s ownership passed through generations of Wood and then Glass families until Julian Wood Glass Jr. acquired it in 1955.

Aided by R. Lee Taylor, Glass transformed the house into a country retreat, and created the Glen Burnie Gardens. Prior to his death in 1992, Glass created the Glass-Glen Burnie Foundation and charged it with opening the site as a museum.

The house and gardens opened to the public in 1997. In 2005, the addition of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley provided the anchor that transformed this historic house and landscape into a year-round regional history museum complex.

Historic American Buildings Survey of Glen Burnie