The Philip Moore, Jr. Stone House, Portsmouth, Ohio
Backstory and Context
In 1797, Revolutionary War veteran Philip Moore and his family came down the Ohio River on a flatboat and landed at Old Alexandria, the first village in this area. Moore began building this stone house shortly after their arrival. During this time, Methodist Circuit Riders (known as itinerant ministers) used this house as a place to have meetings, and it is believed that the first organized religious service in Scioto County was led here by Bishop Francis Asbury.
The home's durability is the result of the local weathered sandstone rock used to build the house. The windows bear a keystone design above them. Visitors to the area may also see the gravestones of Moore and several of his family members at the top of a nearby hill in a small cemetery.
The home changed hands many times and even served as a church. In 1973, Dr. Louis Chaboudy started purchased the house and began restoration work to return it to its original appearance. In 2005, the house was purchased by Steve Hayes. In recent years, the house has served as a historic site and hosted events for visitors as well as members of the community.