Balthis House

Balthis House, Front Royal: Tickets, Tours, Address, Balthis House Reviews: 4.5/5

Balthis House
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Brian904
Luray, VA132 contributions
History
Oct 2019
This house is beautiful preserved. They do have some period furniture in the home. You do not see the craftsmanship that it took to build this house any more.
Written October 21, 2019
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PaleoGypsy
Philadelphia, PA1,973 contributions
Visit during a Special Event
Oct 2019 • Solo
Take the time to visit when a special event takes place. This is because interpreters, dressed in period-style clothing reenact some processes. For example, I saw apple butter being made. A lot goes into reenacting history. Stop in, and you may. Be pleasantly surprised.
Written October 13, 2019
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family1991
Saylorsburg, PA101 contributions
Interesting local history tour
Sep 2018 • Family
My husband and I and our tween daughter visited the Balthis House Bell and Boyd Cottage. Our guide, Nathan, was very knowledgeable and was very willing to answer our questions. We enjoyed learning about the local history. Our tween volunteers at a 19th century historical farm near our home, and Nathan gladly answered questions and provided additional information based on questions she asked about some of the artifacts. We ran out of time to see the Ivy Lodge Museum displays as well. Allow at least 2 hours to see both houses and the museum.
Written December 30, 2018
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Zach F
81 contributions
Nice stop with the Belle Boyd Cottage
Jul 2017 • Couples
Do the combined tour with the Belle Boyd Cottage next door; it's only $5. The Balthis House is old by Front Royal standards (1780s) with later additions. It's not the most interesting historic house you'll ever see, but the tour does a good job of explaining who lived there and their role in Front Royal history, as well as the house's various expansions and renovations. A good stop.
Written July 8, 2017
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC21,988 contributions
Named for the Second Owners
Apr 2017
The Balthis house is just a couple doors down from the Ivy House and catty corner to the Boyd Cottage. You can purchase a combo ticket for the cottage and this house at the Ivy House for just five dollars. My guide Nathan took me to this house after the cottage and told me the story of the three owners. It was named for the second owner who added all the additions and was a blacksmith by trade. He was a middle class man who was trying to show he had money and ended up bankrupting g himself. The house is interesting as is the separate kitchen and gardens but it doesn't have quite the interesting story that the Boyd Cottage does but it is still interesting.
Written April 29, 2017
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL6,829 contributions
Important part of Front Royal's history
Aug 2016 • Couples
Balthis House, also known as E.C. Balthis Blacksmith Shop Property and Balthis' Old Stand, is a historic home located at 55 Chester Street in Front Royal, Virginia, a Shenandoah Valley town that played a role in the Civil War. The original section of the structure was built about 1787. It is a two-story, five bay, timber frame vernacular Federal style dwelling. Also on the property are the kitchen dependency and playhouse/gazebo. The house, which is owned by the Warren Heritage Society and is open for tours, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. Part of the Front Royal Historic District, which also includes the Belle Boyd cottage, the Warren Rifles museum, the Fairview house, Ivy Lodge and the Country Store Museum, the Balthis House's interior retains the original layout of rooms, with the main stair on the south wall of the entry hall. The site runs 73 feet long along Chester Street and is about 270 feet deep, about a half-acre in size. It is the oldest surviving structure on Chester Street, the oldest street in Front Royal. The kitchen dependency is the only surviving example of a detached kitchen in the town. Among the early owners of the house, which was built in 1787-1802, were a Revolutionary War hero, a famed local educator, a family of blacksmiths and a family of plumbers. By 1838, when the Balthis family purchased the property, Front Royal was a prospering center for wagon manufacture serving the Southern and Western states. The Balthis family, which produced many successful blacksmiths, was part of the emerging middle-class in the mid 19th century. At one time, a Confederate soldier was hidden in the house during a raid by Federal cavalry.
Written December 2, 2016
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M7286DUdanm
Marlton, NJ222 contributions
History in front Royal
Jun 2016 • Family
The history of the town comes to life here at the Balthis House. This is a must see for history buffs. The staff is we'll informed and will take the time to answer your questions.
Written September 19, 2016
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MCSpaints
Cleburne, Texas17 contributions
Very Authentic
Aug 2016 • Couples
We really enjoyed visiting this old home and hearing about how it was changed over the years to accomodate the current owners. It started out as two large rooms and evolved to many rooms over time. Our guide, Amanda, made the history of the house and its owners come alive. My husband and I got a private tour, no one else was there on a Monday so we got to ask many questions which Amanda was happy to answer!
Written August 8, 2016
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94prc
Hedgesville, WV70 contributions
A Part of History
May 2016 • Couples
Extremely pleased with the House and the guided tour. It is worth the few dollars and you can take your time and look around. You have to climb a few steps abd with any old house the flooring may be uneven but again you can take your time and not be rushed. It ws nice to see a part of history.
Written May 30, 2016
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Joyce H
Front Royal, VA14 contributions
Civil War History
Jun 2015 • Friends
You will enjoy visiting this civil war house. The staff is very friendly and informative. A must see place for civil war information.
Written June 30, 2015
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