|20th century photo of Harmony Hall|
|20th century view of Harmony Hall|
My ancestor, Abraham Bowman, was not born in this house but would have been about 4 years of age when it was built. So mostly he was raised in this house.
A few years ago, I was stunned to hear that the house was in danger of being razed, to make room for a highway overpass, if I remember correctly.
I only found out about Fort Bowman/Harmony Hall due to the Hite Family Association of which I was once a member. My sixth great grandfather was Joist/Joost/Jost/Justus Hite whose holdings in Virginia were exceeded only by Lord Fairfax, whose holdings were part of a consortium.
In the photo on the left, the portico is not original. It is thought the addition in the photo on the right might have been added by one of the Bowmans. The home stayed in the family for over 100 years. Now this 257 year old home is in the process of being preserved.
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