Wood-Davis House

The Wood-Davis House, currently not in use, is an antiquated residence linked to the Wood and Davis families, located in Kentucky.

The Wood-Davis House, currently not in use, is an antiquated residence linked to the Wood and Davis families, located in Kentucky.

This residence is a two-story brick house on a stone foundation, featuring a complex layout with projecting room elements and a diagonally positioned entry. 1 The exterior includes double glass panel entry doors, predominantly 2/2 replacement windows, and a hipped standing seam metal roof. The brickwork features an eight-course common bond pattern, accompanied by corbelled brackets and a metal cornice adorned with decorative caps. Stone lintels and sills line the windows and doors. Inside, the house boasts simple molded trim, transoms above all doors, and a curved staircase with octagonal balusters and newel posts. The doors are four-panel designs with rimlocks, patented in 1863, and the rooms feature cast iron, arched, simple coal mantels, except the front room, which has an Eastlake-style mantel with pilasters. The front of the house has a one-story porch with chamfered square posts, sawn brackets, and an open frieze, while the rear features a two-story, simpler porch.

The house may date to prior to the Civil War, with a tombstone on the property, for Nancy, wife of N. Glascock, Sr., having a date of 1794 to 1860. 1 The house was at one point owned by George Wood and his wife Elizabeth Whiteman. George Wood, born in Roxborough or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the son of Andrew Wood and Elizabeth Keyser. 2 The Wood, Whiteman, and Keyser families, originally from Amsterdam, Holland, settled near Philadelphia around 1700, and possibly as early as 1668 in America.

George Wood served as a Matross, an artilleryman, in Captain Andrew Summers’ company, under the command of Colonel John Eyre, during the American Revolution. 2 He enlisted on September 12, 1777, and was mustered into service three days later. In 1786, Wood and his family moved to Kentucky, settling in the town of Washington. Here, Dolly Wood was born on December 14, the first white child born in the town.

Later, the house became the residence of Edith Davis and her sister, both schoolteachers. 1



  1. G. and C. Worsham. “Wood/Davis House.” Kentucky Historic Resources Individual Inventory Form, May 1989.
  2. Lee, Lucy Coleman. “Biographical Sketch of the Wood Family of Mason County, Kentucky.” Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, vol. 4, no. 12, Sept. 1906, pp. 61–63.


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If ya go down in the basement; there are chains and items that would show that people were put in shackles and had to stay in the small area of the chains.
Several different items down in the basement from history dating how far back I do not know.

Oh wow. Thanks so much for putting this online. I driveby this house fairly often. I’ve always wanted to see inside and you gave that to me.

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