Last week I traveled to Lexington (Virginia), to see the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and while there, I drove 30 minutes to Clifton Forge (home of CCC-built Douthat State Park). Ensconced by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Douthat was (and remains) one of my favorite places on earth. I suspected that I’d find a few kit homes in this small city because of the massive rail yards, the primary employer in Clifton Forge for more than 100 years. Today, there’s a delightful train museum in Clifton Forge – The C&O Railway Heritage Center - stuffed full of treasures and ephemera and photographs. (It’s at 705 Main Street in the heart of the city.)
One of the best finds of the trip was this Wardway kit home, “The Lexington.” This was one of Wardway’s biggest and best houses – and the one in Clifton Forge is in wonderful condition.