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Lighthouse History Timeline


Built by Maurice Moore in 1866, a local tobacconist responsible for the highly praised “Killikinnick” brand of tobacco. It took him 3 years to build his personal residence

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Maurice Moore moved with his family into the house in 1869.

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Soon after, the ravine at 13th St was filled in and the foot bridge was removed to become a road which is now known as Church St. This was the ONLY access to Diamond Hill back in 1870. This mansion was dubbed “Moore’s Folly” (and eventually “The Folly”) because of its construction on such an…

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Moore died in 1887 and his wife Sarah Snead and their children lived in the house for another 40 years.

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The house was sold in 1927. It was purchased by the “Virginia Art Goods Studio” to be used as a factory for ladies hand bags. The company retained the original look of the house for 5 more years.

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1932 Fire

In 1932, the “Percy House” (lot to the right of the Folly) caught fire and burned to the ground causing extensive damage to the residence. The cupola and all porches were removed from the house and it sat dormant for many years following the fire.

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Goodyear Tire purchased the property (and the adjacent Percy property) in the 1940’s and promptly expanded the “L” shaped house to be more symmetrical (as seen today).

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1950’s – 1970’s

The history of the now merged 1308 & 1310 properties are not quite clear from the early 50’s until 1977 when the house was purchased and re-modeled (interior) to be used as office and studio space.

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We know that LYN-CAG and a financial company used the building up until it’s recent owner bought the building in 2004.

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The building, now known as “The Lighthouse” is a community center that utilizes all FIVE floors of the historic property and is in good repair thanks to volunteers and donations from the local residents. The Lighthouse sees thousands of visitors yearly and serves the homeless and unemployed community with basic necessities and, most importantly, open…

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