Comment period opens on Lane Farm landmark status

The Isaac Franklin Lane House in Williamstown has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo Provided)

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Wood County Historic Landmarks Commission will accept comments on the nomination of the Isaac Franklin Lane House to the National Register of Historic Places in a meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Williamstown Public Library, 201 West Fifth St.

The meeting is open to the public.

Comments will be forwarded to the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office to be included in the record of the nomination, which is available at the library.

An update on the Preservation Conference, hosted by the Landmarks Commission and the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia on Sept. 20-22, also will be discussed at the meeting.

The home at 1399 Waverly Road in Waverly was built in 1904 and sits on the original 167-acre farm near the Ohio River.

According to the nomination, the property includes the main house, a carriage house, a smoke and meat house and the remains of what was a caretaker’s cottage. A second floor of the carriage house included a large central area, a billiards table and a gabled sitting area.

The home was nominated as an example of the Queen Anne architectural style. The farmhouse, considered the epitome of modern comfort at the turn of the 20th century, sits atop a terrace overlooking Ohio River bottomland, according to the nomination.

In 1904, Isaac Franklin “Frank” Lane purchased the property and construction of the family home began. Isaac hired Love Construction to complete the project.

At that time, the home was accessible only by train, by horse, by water and by foot and was one of only four along old Route 1, now Waverly Road, from Williamstown to Waverly.

The property was sold in 1948 out of the Lane family. In 2000, Frank Gibson Lane, the great-grandson of Isaac Lane, purchased the property.

Isaac was in the oil business with his brother. He and his brother also helped charter the Farmers and Mechanics National Bank of Williamstown.


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