The Story of One Hundred Old Homes in Winchester, Virginia
Prepared For Farmers and Merchants National Bank Winchester,
Virginia - By Garland R. Quarles 1967
The Steele House
338 Amherst Street -- Now the Property of Robert E. Glover
This old brick residence occupies ground which was originally a part
of Col. James Wood's estate. A complete description of the transfer of
this property from the first conveyance to the time when it was acquired
by James M. Mason may be found in the write-up on Selma in this
publication. Senator Mason, as we indicate there, bought the property in
1829 from Richard W. Barton (F.D.B.55 - Page 280) and conveyed the part
of the area he purchased at that date to Robert Steele on January 11,
1845. (F.D.B. 73 - Page 221).
Mr. William Greenway Russell, writing in 1874 of this part of
Winchester, says "We will now go to the northwestern road, and the
first we meet with of whom I have not spoken is my Scotch friend, Mr.
Robert Steele, who settled here some thirty-five years ago, and I would
give a hearty welcome to a thousand more like him. Mr. Steele, though a
bachelor, has heard his particular friend say that there must be
children in all well-regulated households; therefore, he has gathered
around him his nephews and nieces. Mr. Steele has built a comfortable
house and established a fine flower and vegetable garden". (Russell
- Page 129).
On August 11, 1899, this property was conveyed by Robert Steele
to Robert O. Smith. (F.D.B. 119 - Page 474). Upon the death of Robert G.
Smith, his son Robert S. Smith acquired the interests of all the other
heirs in the property, an on August 30, 1906 he sold the house and lot
to Emily J.B. Hook. (F.D.B.127- Page 213). Mrs. Emily J.B. Hook in turn
sold it to Ferdinand Williams (F.D.B.131 - Page 96). On August 10,1910
the Cumberland Valley and Martinsburg Railroad Acquired the property
from Ferdinand Williams (F.D.B.132 - Page 2) and Hohn D. Glover bought
it from the Railroad Company. (W.D.B.75 - Page 481).
On July 25, 1957 John D. Glover conveyed the Steele house and lot to
his son, Robert E. Glover, the present owner. (W.D.B.78 - Page 462).