A House Upon a Hill

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

There are many historical gems in the Valley. And one woman has made it her mission to make sure one sticks around.

It's Harriet Hanger's childhood home, and now it's a permanent fixture in Staunton.

It is a house upon a hill, tucked away behind a long, winding driveway.

And it is more than 60 years old.

"I love this house," said Harriet Hanger. "I grew up here, and I love the Valley and this house being part of the Valley. So, I've done what I can to keep it that way"

What she's done to keep it this way forever is to place her nearly 200 acre Cobble Hill Farm in an easement.

That means it's registered as an historic place.

She got inspired after living in the Silicon Valley- quite different from the Shenandoah one.

"It was claustrophobic there," Hanger explained. "It was noisy, it vibrated and the lovely wildlife and all the plants were being killed, asphyxiated."

And working to preserve this Valley has earned her recognition.

Tuesday night the Valley Conservation Council gave her an award.

But she said she's already been rewarded- with the farm, the house and, of course, the memories.

"The window sills are really deep," said Hanger. "We used to put on plays behind the curtains when I was little with my brothers"

Hanger still owns the home but the city of Staunton could one day buy it and open it to the public.

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