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National Register of Historic Places Program:
Mt. Airy, Augusta County, Virginia

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Located in Augusta County, Virginia, Mt. Airy is a Shenandoah home that was constructed around 1840 while under the ownership of Major James Crawford, and was later associated with the famous American folk painter Anna Mary Robinson “Grandma” Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961). Grandma Moses was a prominent painter who started creating pictures in the 1930s from her memories as a farm wife both in the Virginia Shenandoah Valley and the New York Hoosick Valley. Moses moved to the Shenandoah Valley in November of 1887, with her husband Thomas Solomon Moses. Mt. Airy was the first house she and her husband owned in their married lives---they bought it for $6,000 and lived there from January 1901 to September 1902. While living there their last child was born, Hugh. Even though they moved to New York, Anna kept her contacts in Virginia, and occasionally visited the Shenandoah Valley region. By the end of her life, Grandma Moses would be a household name and her paintings adorned a large variety of products, including plates, fabric, and advertisements---she left at least 38 paintings depicting scenes in Virginia. Mt. Airy Occupies a 400-acre parcel and is set atop a hill overlooking the Augusta county government center to the north and agricultural land on the east, west, and south, The house is a brick, two-story, five-bay, single-pile house with a central passage.

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