This won't be an entirely wordless post this week!
This is where my class on singing and song performance took place during Augusta Heritage's Irish/Celtic Week. It was built by Stephen Elkins, who was a railroad developer and timber man during the boom days, at the turn of the last century. he built it for his wife Hallie and named the mansion Halliehurst. Most of the materials used to build the house were from West Virginia.
Our class was held in the library. (Lots of orbs in this photo...hmmm...)
The fireplace in the library. The carvings around the top are the zodiac signs.
Detail of the fireplace carvings.
The front entrance hall.
The ladies' room.
Playing with the camera! Both images are reflections of me as I took the photo.
Front staircase. The woodwork was stunning.
Not a bad place to have class! There were, I think, three pianos in the house, or perhaps more. I did not take photos of the third floor ballroom with its fairytale stained glass windows; there may have been another piano in that room as well.
Halliehurst is supposed to be haunted, and a couple experiences we had there make me think there is some truth to the story. You can read more about the supposed hauntings of Halliehurst here and here.