The Mote-Morris House

604632880_cb42717fcb_zThe Mote-Morris House in Leesburg, late Victorian Revival Architecture listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Edward Mote built the house in the early 1890s. He owned a livery business and built the Lake View Hotel in the mid-1880s. He served as mayor of Leesburg for eight terms.

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He sold the house to Bishop Morrison in the early part of the 20th century. The Morrisons were the second family to occupy the house. Bishop Morrison and his wife bought the house as a retirement home. In the summer months Bishop Morrison slept in a hammock in a room at the top referred to as the tower. The tower had no mosquitoes and was cooler. Walk the winding staircase to the top and view the hammock. Halfway to the top is a secretary desk and chair. A great place to read in solitude.

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The Morris family bought the house in 1918 and several generations lived in the house. Many photographs and articles depicts the Morris family over a period of 70 years. Donated furniture and a fireplace in each room.

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Situated on the well-manicured lawn are benches and a gazebo popular in the 1880s and 1890s.

The tour guide acted disinterested and rushed me through the tour. Entrance to the house is free and hours and location are on the website.

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