The Miller House was built in two sections on the site of an earlier
structure consisting of a home and pottery business.
Peter Bell, Jr., a local potter, most famous for being
the father of John Bell, the renown Waynesboro area
potter, lost the property through public sale. Two of his other sons,
Samuel and Solomon, were also prominent potters from Strausberg, Virginia.
The first section of the Federal Style
townhouse was built in 1825 by William Price, an attorney
and grandfather of Emily Post of etiquette fame. When
his first wife died in 1844, Price sold the property to fellow attorney,
Alexander Neill, II, and moved to Cumberland.
Both Alexander Neill III, and Alexander
Neill IV, were born and raised in the house with all
their siblings The Neills sold the house to Dr. Victor D. Miller, Jr.,
one of three physician sons of a Civil War surgeon from the settlement
known as Mason Dixon, on the Maryland-Pennsylvania state line, in 1911.
Dr. Miller built the last small section on to the east side of the house,
which became a suite of doctors’ offices, including his own. When
Mrs. Miller passed away in 1965, their sons, Victor
D. Miller III and Col. Henry Miller donated their share of the property
to the Washington County Historical Society, which houses its offices
and library in the basement. A beautiful garden and carriage house sit
at the back of the structure.
Hours: Tours available April through December, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m., by appointment; Fridays, 1 to 4 p.m., walk-ins welcome. (Closed Holidays) Admission charged. Group rates arranged.
Closed: January - March
Opens: First Wednesday in April
Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for Senior Citizens (60+) and Students Under 16, Members and partners are free. Flat fee youth/group tours is negotiable.
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