“Rare stone home, a through-back to Pennsylvania architecture.”
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The Henry Houser house remains one of the earliest of its type in the region and is one of the rarely found stone homes that survive. Enjoy reading information on the home and family below. The home belongs to the U.S. Dept. of Interior and is listed on the National Register.
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on the Henry and Jane Houser home on May 11, 1892 – “Your corespondent visited the area around Kings Mt., and saw the stone house built in 1800 by Henry Houser. The walls are of stone from the hills around and are 2.5 ft., thick and plastered inside. Mr. Sherer now occupies the house. His wife says it is the coolest house in the summer and warmest in the winter of any house she has ever lived in. The house has six large rooms all furnished in nice style. It sits on a hill overlooking the fertile valley of Kings Creek. IT is a monument to the skill and energy of Henry Houser and his wife Jane.”
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Suzanne Spencer says
I am a Houser descendent. There seems to be varying opinion regarding Jane Howser carved in the lintel over the main entrance of the Howser home. Is she in fact Henry Howsers wife Christina Jane or a female slave who at the time worked with Henry to complete the stone masonry? Have seen newspaper stories to that effect but what is the data.
Dec 3, 2015
Jane High says
I too am a Houser descendant. My understanding is that Henry’s first wife was Jane Dixon, and she was the mother of his children and the “Jane” in the stone lintel. He married Christina Jane Heavner not too long after Jane Dixon died in the mid-1810’s. I would like to have the info clarified as well!