The Society has great news for its members and the community. It has purchased its first home from Kathy and Larry Pearson through the generosity of an anonymous donor. The Chaffin House is located at 110 Mountain Road in the Town of Halifax, Virginia and is included in the Mountain Road Historic District. It formerly belonged to the late Frank Chaffin.

The Society is excited to have a home for the first time in its history and will begin fund raising in the near future to help with a renovation. There are naming opportunities for rooms in the house and as these plans are developed, information will be made to prospective donors. Rooms include a large entrance area, several meeting rooms and a library for our collection. Although the house is in good condition, work is needed—a partial roof section needs replacing, outside and inside trim needs painting, and new shutters and landscaping are needed, too. As the renovation process begins, the Society will reach out to members with expertise in these areas and look forward to having volunteers who are anxious to help with some of the work. Donations to help with this project will be greatly appreciated.

 

History of The Chaffin House

The two-story Chaffin House appears in a 1891 deed book entry when Robert Wharton Watkins, attorney, and his wife Fannie Mayo Melvin Watkins sold the ½-acre property to John H. Farmer for $1,575.00. According to the deed, Farmer was already residing in the house which was probably constructed in the late 1880s. 

The next owners were W. Macon Smiley and Laura Y. Smiley who sold the property in 1913, to Marguerite Blackshear Dickens for $2,450.00. She and her husband James A. Dickens owned the house until 1921, when it was sold for $5,000 to Frank Clay Chaffin, Sr. The senior Chaffin died in 1974 and in his will conveyed the property to his children James R. Chaffin, Nancy Chaffin Sizemore, and Frank Clay Chaffin, Jr., subject to lifetime rights for his wife Ethel Roberts Chaffin. Mrs. Chaffin died in 1979, and in August of the same year, James R. Chaffin and wife and Nancy Chaffin Sizemore and husband conveyed their interests in the house and property to Frank Clay Chaffin, Jr.   

Frank Clay Chaffin, Jr. died in 2004 and his niece, Kathryn Holt Pearson, obtained the property. 

The interior of the Chaffin House has many outstanding architectural features as evidenced by this photo of the foyer. Notice the deeply molded door panels, a window with reeded architraves, paneled apron, and bullseye corner blocks, and the turned newels and decorative incised stair brackets on the stairway. This area serves as a large reception area. (AJ Bohanon photo)

The interior of the Chaffin House has many outstanding architectural features as evidenced by this photo of the foyer. Notice the deeply molded door panels, a window with reeded architraves, paneled apron, and bullseye corner blocks, and the turned newels and decorative incised stair brackets on the stairway. This area serves as a large reception area. (AJ Bohanon photo)