The Winchester-Frederick Historical Society maintains five fascinating museums in Winchester, VA, one of which is Abram’s Delight. With a history dating back to the early 1700’s, this beautiful land has several incredible stories to tell. Read on to learn more about this local historic site and other nearby museums you won’t want to miss.
Abram’s Delight is just one of Shenandoah Valley’s many historic sites and attractions. If you’re planning a visit with us soon, you won’t want to be without our free Vacation Guide! This handy planning tool is filled with all the best recommendations for local things to do and see including museums, hiking trails, shopping, dining, and more.
History of Abram’s Delight
In 1728, Abraham Hollingsworth came to the Shenandoah Valley in search of a place to build a home and mill for his family. After coming across a piece of fertile land, he built a log cabin just west of the location of the present house. Abraham and his wife passed away before the completion of the home, and their son, Isaac, inherited the land. He was a leading member in the local Quaker meeting and intended to use the home as a place to meet with his fellow members.
The stunning house was completed by builder Simon Taylor. His craftsmanship was truly astounding for the time period and his creation was considered to be a mansion compared to most of the log cabin homes in the area. The 22-inch limestone walls and stonework were inspired by “Springdale,” another 16th-century home located just five miles from the Hollingsworth property. The mansion was passed down from generation to generation, each family adding more rooms and features to the property as time went on.
In 1943, the city of Winchester purchased the old home in order to preserve the city’s oldest residence. It took a total of nine years to completely restore the home to its former glory and it was opened as a museum in 1961. Today, visitors can tour the main house, the original log cabin on the west lawn, and take a peek at what life was like for the Hollingsworth family all those years ago.
Is Abram’s Delight Haunted?
While nobody knows for sure, many visitors claim that Abram’s Delight hosts a few ghostly residents. Mary Hollingsworth, the wife of Abraham, and an unidentified male apparition have been seen wandering the halls. There have also been testimonies of vases and furniture falling over on their own, appliances turning on and off, and the sounds of broken glass resonating through the house without anything actually breaking.
Hours and Admission
The museum is open daily from April 1st to October 31st. Stop by anytime Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4.50 for seniors.
More Nearby Museums That You’ll Love
George Washington’s Office Museum: From September of 1755 to December 1756, George Washington used a little log building in Winchester as an office. Today, you can explore this same building and see some of Washington’s personal effects, a scale model of the town circa 1755, and the cannon left by General Edward Braddock in Alexandria.
Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum: This historic house was used as Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters during the Civil War and boasts the largest collection of his memorabilia in the world! The office is also completely restored to resemble the way it looked during the officer’s time in the home.
Old Court House Civil War Museum: This historic building in Winchester has served as a courthouse, hospital, prison, and barracks over the years. Visitors from all over the nation flock to the museum to learn more about our region’s role in the Civil War and the famed “Jeff Davis Curse” message inscribed into its walls.
Discover the Shenandoah Valley During Your Stay With Us
Located right beside a beautiful limestone spring, the Inn at Vaucluse Spring is the perfect romantic escape in the Shenandoah Valley. Come experience our gorgeous gardens and cozy rooms and cabins. Each accommodation is different so you can choose the one best for you. Imagine waking up every morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee coming from the dining room as you gaze out over our oasis. If you wake up early enough, you may see the mist begin to disappear to reveal the gorgeous view. Indulge in a freshly prepared breakfast, then embark on the day’s adventures!
Book your next romantic escape with us today! We look forward to welcoming you to the Shenandoah Valley soon.