Formerly known as the Hugh Caperton House, Elmwood Estate was built in the 1830’s by Congressman Hugh Caperton in the Greek Revival style. The architect had studied under Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, which is why there is a resemblance.
This house has seen many things, including war. During the Civil War, the Northern Army attacked and ransacked the house, taking all the livestock and food with them a few miles down the road where they were camping between battles. The lady of the house was sick and couldn’t be moved and it was full of women and children. One of the daughters of the house set out and walked all the way to Pickaway, where the soldiers were staying. Going to the commander, she requested a single milk cow, so that the babies wouldn’t starve. Proving that war doesn’t strip a man on his honor, the commander gave her the cow and an escort back to the house.
These days, the only battles Elmwood sees is when they do a reenactment of that day in late August. Unfortunately, we won’t be here to see it. But we were lucky enough to get a tour before this becomes one of THE places to host an event or wedding. I posted some pictures earlier around the ranch house on property, but now I’ve got some interior shots of the main house.
The new owners have been busy getting the place ready since they purchased it in 2001. Downstairs, there is a bar and a salon for relaxing during events.
The bar is made from the wood from a cherry tree that had fallen on the property. The square tables in the lounge are made from oak also found on property. The owners are very serious about using as much original materials in the renovations as they could find. (*The name of the artist of the pig picture and other wonderful works of art around Elmwood is local artisan Michael Christie)
Outside the lounge is an antique piano.
The next floor would be considered the first floor. This is where the reception rooms are.
The hallway is covered in a mural that includes Elmwood and surrounding historical houses, including Elmhurst and even Monticello.
Across the hall is the library. A bibliophile’s dream.
The books in the arched bookshelf are the actual law books of Hugh Caperton, the original owner of this stunning home. There are chairs and a couch in front of an operating fireplace to set the stage for a cozy read-in. The ladder works and is made from antique wood that would have been used when the house was built.
The last room on this floor is the formal dining room.
A rich red wallpaper, also time period correct, lines the wall with built-in cupboards painted a crisp white in a strong contrast. The chandelier is made of crystal and amethyst drops.
Up on the second floor is where the suites are. The first, more masculine suite is known as the Henry Clay suite, since he was a frequent visitor and has been rumored to have stayed in those particular rooms.
The suites were each formerly 4 smaller rooms that they opened up to merge into each other. There’s the bedroom, a small sitting area as well as a bathroom with walk-in shower. The flow gives it an open, welcoming feeling.
Across the hall is the Delilah suite, or the Honeymoon suite.
The color scheme and use of columns really gives the suite an air of intimacy and romance. Definitely suited for a wedding night. The attached bathroom has a claw footed tub to soothe away the stress that a wedding can put on a bride.
Up in the former attic is another suite with a more Middle Eastern flair to it. This is easily explained by the fact that the new owners are world travelers and have picked up many an interesting item and stories from across the globe.
There’s another set of stairs that lead up to a small walkway at the top of the house. My brain noped at the idea of going up there, but the view is sure to be stunning.
Chris and Anita are people who obviously enjoy meeting new people. Mom has tried to convince them to adopt us and there’s no doubt that the next time we come into this area, we’ll be booking the ranch house on property. It’s like staying with family, without all the drama. This property would be stunning any time of the year, I’m sure. Even winter, which as most of you know, is a season I avoid as much as possible.
So, if you’re planning an event, whether it’s a party or a wedding, put Elmwood Estate on your list. They’ll be open to taking reservations soon.