The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office is trying to determine the cause of a fire that severely damaged the oldest house in Greenbrier County.
Firefighters were called to the 229-year-old Stuart Manor, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, around 7 o'clock Wednesday night.
Fairlea firefighter Jim Pierce says no one was in the limestone and wooden structure at the time.
Pierce didn't have a damage estimate, but said it was extensive. Bill Weikle of the Greenbrier County Historical Society says the oldest section of the home was spared.
Stuart Manor was built near Lewisburg by Colonel John Stuart, the father of Greenbrier County. Stuart first settled in the region, which was then part of Virginia, in 1767.
The Virginia statesman voted on the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and served in the militia. In 1778, Stuart was appointed clerk of the newly formed Greenbrier County and maintained the post for more than a quarter century.
The manor is owned by his descendants.