The majority of early Nelson buildings were small one-room structures; memoirs and documents from this area substantiate this theory. The Shenandoah Valley provided different influences. Trading ties with areas west of the Blue Ridge brought Nelson County residents in contact with the Scotch-Irish and German artisans who demonstrated a willingness to experiment with form and … Read more
Moses Hughes was an early settler in Southern Rockfish Valley. The house is at the end of Moses Hughes Lane in Beech Grove. There was an old cabin on the site that recently burned.
Robert Lee Fitzgerald was a talented craftsman, he with the help of his sons, Moses and Berry, built the home on the North Fork of Tye River circa 1900. The timbers were hand hewn and the shingles split from cedar. Robert’s wife, Ella Wise, made the split bottom seats from the chairs that Robert made. … Read more
The Massie family was instrumental in building and settling the small towns of Massies Mill and Tyro. A Massie family purchased a large area of land, first built a mill at Massies Mill and the Tyro. These mills escaped the ravages of the Civil War when women of the community pleaded with the Union Soldiers … Read more