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Falling Spring- Morgan's Grove

Historic Sites, Monuments, Landmarks, and Public Art (National Register of Historic Places)


Falling Spring is one building in the complex known as Morgan's Grove, completed in 1837. Morgan's Grove was settled by Richard Morgan in 1730, with Richard's grandson Jacob Morgan constructing Falling Spring in 1837. The building would remain in the Morgan family until 1904, when it was sold to Dr. M. H. Crawford. It would be added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.

Falling Spring House
Morgan's Spring


The Morgan Family remains one of the most well known in Jefferson Counties, having been one of the first to settle the area. Richard Morgan purchased the land that would become Morgan's Grove in 1730 and would be a participant in the French and Indian War. Jacob Morgan, Richard's grandson, would construct Falling Spring in 1837. Jacob's son William, inherited the house in 1855. The property remained in the family until 1904, when it was sold to Dr. M. H. Crawford, who would make minor renovations to the property.

Falling Spring gained it's name from the springs that runs underneath of the property, the Morgan's Spring and the Bubbling Spring. The house itself is 2 1/2 stories tall, constructed out of brick, limestone, and stucco in the Neo-Classical Revival style. A separate roof is held up over the north portico by four Ionic columnns 2 1/2 feet wide at their thickest. Another portico is covered by a 20 1/2 foot roof, supported by six more Ionic columnns. The Crawford family added a Japanese garden to the property.

The Falling Spring complex includes the house, an old springhouse over the Morgan's Spring, and a second spring. The second spring is identified by a limestone foundation, which is suspected to be the site of an ancient springhouse, and lies over the Bubbling Spring. The property borders several notable buildings, such as the Old Stone House, Richard Morgan's original property and one of the oldest houses in West Virginia.


The WPA Guide to West Virginia: The Mountain State. Trinity University Press.

Falling Spring NRHP Nomination Form. National Park Service. October 20, 1988.

State Route 480
Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
  • Architecture and Historical Buildings
  • Cultural History
This location was created on 2017-01-29 by Robert Strider, Appalachian Studies Association .   It was last updated on 2017-01-29 by Robert Strider, Appalachian Studies Association .

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