One of the only surviving structures from the colonial settlement that grew to become Shepherdstown, this house was built of logs and now clad in wood siding, it is the last survivor of the similar structures that lined High Street. Its current name reflects the log home's use as a temporary home for Annetta Entler and her son Frederick Weltzheimer after their much larger home was destroyed in a fire in the early 1900s. Mrs. Entler soon moved to more spacious accommodations but her family continued to own the home as they had since 1815 until the time they sold the building to the college in 1926.This modest log home was converted into a model home and kitchen and used by Shepherd University for a number of years to hold courses in home economics. The building has undergone work by preservationists.
This house is over two
hundred years old, built sometime between 1770 and 1793. After their home on
German Street burned in the 1912 fire, Annetta “Nettie” Entler and her son
Fredrick Weltzheimer moved there. Fredrick and his wife, Mary Catherine,
operated a tavern on Princess Street. After his death, Mary Catherine
Weltzheimer continued to operate the tavern; her success was shown in the
property she amassed. The Entler- Weltzheimer family owned the house until 1926,
when the University acquired the property. The house is called the “Entler–Wletzheimer
house” after this family that owned it for so long. The building has also been
called the “Yellow House” since the University owned the property.
The “Yellow House” was
purchased by the West Virginia State Board of Control in 1926. Shepherd
University initially used the building as a Home Economic Cottage. It was remodeled
to house a kitchen, living room, dining room, bedroom and lavatory. In the late
1940s the use of the “Yellow House” changed, it became the sorority house of
Phi Sigma Chi. At some point during the
1950s, it became the home of the Supervisor of Buildings and Gounds. In the 1960s
the house was used as a nursery school and then in the 1970s as a science
annex. Although the building has been used for many functions, the architecture
still remains its historic character.
The University has received
grants to restore the house to its initial state. The University is considering
making the building into a classroom for preservation education. This
could be a place where students could practice plastering and other techniques,
a place where preservation technologies and skills could be demonstrated,
The Mills group has rendered a plan for the restoration of the building.
Local tradition has it that the ghost of a murdered cobbler
haunted the building. “In 1910,
the house’s owner, a cobbler named George Yontz, was found murdered outside the
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 Why some folks call this the Most Haunted Town in America. Wild, Wonderful West Virginnia. Accessed April 26, 2017. https://gotowv.com/most-haunted-town-shepherdstown/.