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Chef Geoffrey Kraus Brings Farm to Table Menu to Adaland Mansion


Chef Geoffrey Kraus, executive chef and co-owner of Thyme Bistro of Weston, adds his culinary magic to our annual Celebrate Local! dinner series.


The beautifully presented pumpkin dessert pictured left is from his 2016 dinner. The September 24, 2017 dinner will begin with a Lanagan Lodge apple cider fizz mocktail and fennel-onion bisque with crispy onion tangles.  The main course features a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with honey and thyme/celery root puree/black pepper, chevre whipped potatoes, and flash fried spinach.  Finishing off this mouthwatering dinner is a WV apple stack cake with warm salted caramel and Pernod cream.

Adaland’s Heritage Day Celebrates “Apple Festival Time”


At the barn, visitors  enjoy a variety of heritage arts.   Adaland guide Betty Carr, pictured right, shares the history of the Apple Star, a design visible upon cutting an apple horizontally.


The idea of “Apple Festival Time” came about this year as a way to celebrate Adaland’s history with apples.  The Modisett family, builders and original owners of Adaland Mansion, raised a variety of apples on their farm from 1807 to 1881.  At that time, apples were harvested and sold as well as made into apple jack, a strong apple-flavored alcoholic beverage made from apples popular during the American colonial period.  Kegs of apple jack are listed in the will of Uriah Modisett, a Modisett family member.  Apple jack was sold or traded for needs of the family and as such can be seen as part of the early history of Barbour County, WV.

Covered Bridge Piecemakers Donate

Another Quilt to Adaland Mansion


Many of the beautiful hand made quilts used in the bedrooms  have been made and donated to the historical home by the Covered Bridge Piecemakers, a group of local women who have been quilting together since April 1996.


Current members of the Piecemakers are pictured above with their most recent creation, which has been added to Adaland’s bride’s room. (from left Martha Rose Roy, Phyllis Martin, Jody Sperry, Jane Digman, Marj Campbell, Mary Ellen Sparks, and Barbara Springer).


second Summer Sunday Buffet Dinner of the season


Always a favorite meal, the buffet will featured two entrees, various sides, a crisp salad with Lucy’s secret dressing, homemade bread and rolls, and the dessert sideboard filled with luscious desserts.  Adaland’s veteran cook Lucy Williamson had the dining table loaded with favorite foods for this Sunday afternoon treat.


Pictured to the right are dining guests serving themselves from the buffet this summer.



Laura Jackson Arnold Visits Adaland Via “Dearest Sister”


Adaland is most pleased to serve as the showcase for Philippi playwright Alma J. Bennett who brings one of WV’s important historical figures, Laura Jackson Arnold, the sister of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, to life in “Dearest Sister.”


Her one act play  tells about Laura’s life and relationship with her famous brother. In 1844 when she was 18, Laura married Jonathan Arnold and moved to Beverly.  Following the Battle of Rich Mountain in 1861, Federal troops occupied Beverly, a VA town that had strong Confederate sympathies.  In stark contrast, Laura Jackson Arnold was an outspoken Unionist, even nursing wounded Union soldiers in her Beverly home.  Laura’s Union support created fissures in the once close relationship between Laura and her brilliant Confederate military leader brother.


Lydia Mong will repeat her performance of Laura Jackson Arnold

in “Dearest Sister”


 The 2017 summer’s production is a two scene play of “Dearest Sister,” the first scene being the original scene, and the second one being a new one detailing what happened to Arnold after a fateful letter is delivered at the end of scene one.


Audience members will discover the rest of Arnold’s life as she nurses both North and South troops in her Beverly, VA home, her activities as a staunch supporter of the Union in Confederate-leaning Beverly, and her marriage and family life as the war rages around her.

High and Royal Teas Await Adaland Guests


Specialty teas have become a hallmark of the 1870’s restored home. The teas celebrate a social event that may well have played out in the Neo-Greek home when the original Modisett family built and lived in the mansion.


Adaland offers afternoon High Tea and evening Royal Tea, and  will introduce a new tea menu this season. Scones and hot teas will begin the afternoon and evening teas, followed by a fresh fruit course, then a savories course including a variety of tea sandwiches, and a concluding sweets course.  To the basic four courses of the High Tea menu will be added other savories and a complimentary glass of champagne with strawberries for the Royal Tea.

how to use the spindle, a tool used in hand spinning.


Whether guests are intrigued by learning how to use a spindle, or the art of soap making, or the process used for brickmaking, or weaving, or corn grinding, or the art of the blacksmith, Adaland Mansion is the place during the annual “Day at the Barn” in June. The free admission event at the historical grounds features local craftspersons who are interested in preserving the history of the area.


At left is Jada Nelson who will demonstrating how to use the spindle, a tool used in hand spinning.  Nelson will be remembered for her portrayal of Nancy Modisett as she conducted guided tours of Adaland Mansion and for her work with the spindle and the psaltery.


Annual day at the Barn includes scavenger hunt


Adaland staff is planning on a scavenger hunt at the barn to introduce guests to little known facts about the barn, its construction, and its use.  A prize awaits the winner of the hunt.  And for all, cookies and snacks will be available for purchase during the Day at the Barn.


Betty Carr, a long-time employee and volunteer at Adaland Mansion,  showed how to make soap in addition to displaying the process used to make bricks.  The brick making process is most probably the same process used by the Modisett family when they built the mansion in 1870.

Betty Carr, tour guide and heritage skills demonstrator,
works with visiting children at Adaland Heritage Day AT the Barn


Heritage Day at the Barn directs the spotlight on the restored barn where a varied collection of reproductions of equipment and tools owned by Augustus Modisett, builder of the mansion house, are displayed.  The Modisett farm was settled in 1807 with the Modisett family living in a double log cabin on the property until the mansion house was built in 1872.



barn loom being erected in Adaland's barn


In the right picture are Millie and Gary Goetz. Millie has been weaving for several years having begun her love of weaving in Dearborn, MI and continuing it through involvement with the Fiber Arts Guild at Jackson’s Mill.  Today Millie and husband Gary own numerous looms including one enormous old barn loom in the process of being erected in Adaland’s barn.


Gary Goetz was a mechanical engineer who became intrigued with the operation of looms. He now knows the weaving technique along with Millie and has a “his” loom, just as Millie has a “hers” loom. In addition to showing the art of weaving to barn guests, the Goetzes will also be demonstrating corn grinding.

1900 Wedding Dress Becomes Part of

Adaland Mansion’s Historic Collection


One hundred and seventeen years after making its premier appearance in the Philippi home once owned by the Modisett family, the wedding gown worn by Phoebe Patterson when she married Arla DeWitt Woodford has returned to Adaland Mansion.


Patterson and Woodford were married in March 1900 in a wedding memorialized in a picture now hanging in the green room of Adaland Mansion  In the picture is the smiling bridal couple and wedding party posed on the front porch of the 1870 home.  Phoebe Patterson Woodford is wearing the gown pictured to the right.


2016 New Year's eve buffet dinner with live music by
guitarist John Vaughn and flutist Katy McClane


Adaland Mansion is pleased to announce its New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner menu created especially for Adaland’s diners by guest Chef Jay Mahoney CEC, AAC. Chef Mahoney brings with him an impressive resume beginning with being a graduate of The Greenbrier Culinary Apprenticeship Program in 1983,  receiving certification as Certified Executive Chef since 1992, and holding that certification currently.


Besides the mouthwatering foods prepared by Chef Mahoney, guests will be treated to live music by guitarist John Vaughn and flutist Katy McClane and a complimentary glass of champagne.

Chef Jay R. Mahoney is Adaland’s guest chef for the  2016 New Year’s Eve  Dinner


Chef Mahoney will begin the buffet with a salad composed of mixed greens, shaved fennel, pomegranate vinaigrette, and walnuts.  He’ll serve Focaccia along with the salad course.


Guests are certain to be delighted with the two entries for this buffet, a carved bourbon molasses glazed pork loin and poached Atlantic salmon on tender greens with a citrus-olive oil sauce.  Herb roasted root vegetables including parsnips, celery root, butternut squash, mushrooms, and Brussels sprouts along with the visually appealing and delicious tasting Hasselback potatoes make up the meal’s side vegetables.Topping off the New Year’s Eve buffet dinner are two desserts, an espresso chocolate chip angel food cake with hot fudge rum sauce and apple dumplings and almond sauce with vanilla sauce.


Adaland Mansion’s  holiday buffet in the 1870 mansion
decked out in its Christmas finery


The buffet dinner features a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Adaland’s own cook of 13 years, Lucy Williamson, prepares a buffet table spread with seasonal delectables including ham, turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and other vegetables, salad with Lucy’s secret dressing, homemade rolls warm from the oven, a dessert table heavy with pies and cakes of the season, and Adaland’s signature peach iced tea.


When guests enter the formal dining room to serve themselves from the long dining table, red cardinals peeping out from over the mantel will greet them.

Adaland Offers Santa’s Bake Shop With Homemade Cookies to Order


The scent of freshly baked cookies filled the rooms of Adaland Mansion during  Adaland’s Christmas Open House.


A new aspect of the annual open house was  Santa’s Bake Shop featuring Christmas cookies baked for the occasion by Adaland Board member Jeannie Mozley.  Guests were offered a free cookie, a cup of coffee, or hot tea while they visited the 23 room 1870 restored home.


Guests ordered cookies by the dozen or a tray of three dozen cookies. Ordered cookies were picked up at the December Open House.


Adaland Mansion IS ready to welcome guests

for the 2016 holiday season.


Adaland has been using the della robbia theme at its entry for many years, joining in a custom made popular by Colonial Williamsburg during the 1930s.  At this time in history, Christmas decorating was growing in significance and the practice of affixing fruits, vegetables, dried flowers, herbs, and other plant life to basic Christmas decorations like wreaths, swags, and garlands was one of the decorating techniques that grew in popularity.  Visitors to Adaland are invited to tour the house and to enjoy all the Christmas decorations on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm when public events are not being held.

Holiday Specialty Teas Await Guests At Adaland Mansion


When guests to the Holiday High Tea and Royal Tea enter Adaland Mansion, they are greeted by green garlands draping doors and mantels, red velvet bows perched on the black walnut railing ascending to the second floor, and Christmas trees in nearly all the rooms at Adaland, each tree with its own decorating theme.


Guests at last year’s Holiday Specialty Tea, shown right, are in the midst of the Christmas finery that has become synonymous with Adaland at Christmas time.  Make your reservations to enjoy the holiday decorations, the charming Adaland ambiance, and the always delicious tea finger foods that mark all the specialty teas.

Champion Chef Geoff Krauss Guest Chef at Adaland

as part of the farm-to-table dinner series, Celebrate Local!


Chef Geoff Krauss and his business partner Dwayne Metz are pictured  in their Weston restaurant, Thyme Bistro.  Chef Krauss is Adaland Mansion’s last guest chef for the fourth season of Celebrate Local!, Adaland’s farm-to-table celebration.


Chef  Krauss prepared a special four-course dinner. His menu began with roasted butternut squash and apple bisque with ginger brandy cream. Next, guests were treated to autumn greens with poached pear, candied walnuts, and sesame raisin vinaigrette. Taking center stage for the meal was slow braised beef short ribs with polenta and oven roasted carrots. Chef Geoff topped off the dinner with a pumpkin crème brulee.

House tours take top billing DURING THE FALL SEASON


Adaland Mansion at Philippi ushers in the fall season with the foliage colors to match the entrance walkway to the 1870 restored Neo-Greek home that sits on a hilltop four miles north of downtown Philippi.


House tours take top billing for the next few weeks with the house open for tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 11:00 pm to 5:00 pm and then on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm unless a private event has secured the home.  Guests are advised to call 304-457-1587 or 304-457-2415 to make sure the house is open before driving any distance.  Adult admission for house tours is $10.  Children are free when accompanying an adult.


Chef Dale Hawkins returned to Adaland for his fourth year as part of the farm-to-table dinner series, Celebrate Local!


The annual dinner series has become one of Adaland’s best-attended events as it spotlights both local foods and the extraordinary chefs who prepare them. Adaland Mansion is proud that it was among the early presenters of this movement that emphasizes the use of locally sourced foods. And Hawkins has been one of WV’s strong advocates of the farm-to-table initiative.


His menu  appealled to everyone who likes good food.  It began with an arugula salad with watermelon, feta cheese, and balsamic glaze with toasted nuts. The main course  consisted of Tuscan roasted chicken, buttery whipped potatoes, summer roasted vegetables, and focaccia bread. Diners were also treated to an apple tart with shortbread crust drizzled with caramel.

Adaland Mansion Appeals to the Senses



Country Music Day at Adaland features a wide variety of genres of live music on the side yard pavilion. Entertainers have included: Vali Davis; Jay McCung; The Moatsville Boys;  Marissa Mallow, Jamie and Daniel Kittle. Rick Cleavenger and Friends, area blue grass aficionados,  are shown sharing their musical talents.


The music on the pavilion is free and open to all music lovers and those who just want to enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon at the 1870 restored Neo Greek home.  Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches, or they may reserve a BBQ lunch.

Karen Vuranch, WV playwright, returns with
Adaland Mansion’s annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theater


“Music, Murder and Mayham” is the story about a murder, a cast of odd and suspicious characters, and an opportunity for the audience to interrogate the murder suspects and then vote upon “who dunit?”  The play introduces Gene Sharp and The Meringues, a pop chart singing group, and Gene’s entourage made up of people who just don’t like him.

The evening on Adaland’s side yard pavilion begins with a buffet dinner prepared by Adaland’s veteran cook, Lucy Williamson. After dinner, local and area actors will have audience members snickering and guffawing as they watch the action unfold.

Jason Fleck, General Manager and Chef of Elkins’ 1863 Grill,
kicks off Adaland Mansion’s 2016 Celebrate Local! Dinner Series


Chef Fleck comes to Adaland Mansion after taking away four major awards from his first professional level competition.  The 11th annual Cast Iron Cook Off was held last winter in Charleston and sponsored by the Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia.  The Collaborative highlights the farm to table movement which is the basis of Adaland’s Celebrate Local! Dinner Series.


The first mouth-watering course of Chef Fleck’s Adaland menu was named the “Best Overall Dish/Single Course” at the 2016 Cast Iron Cook Off.

Adaland Mansion Hosts
Blue & Gray Tea


Adaland Mansion at Philippi hosts the Blue & Gray Tea as part of the  Blue & Gray Reunion in Philippi. The annual June event draws reenactors in Civil War era attire and also those who love teas and enjoy seeing all the period clothing.


Pictured above are four reenactors in period garb from a previous year including Doretta Brown, Lindsay Bracey Goudy, and Kelly Bracey all of whom are reenactors with the Barbour Greys, a Barbour County Confederate Army Unit during the Civil War.

May Is for Mothers


Wondering what to do for your mother, your grandmother, your wife, or that special someone to make your Mother’s Day celebration extra special?


Adaland’s serves an annual Mother’s Day Buffet Dinner with seatings from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm.  Guests for this day are treated to the mouthwatering down home cooking of Adaland’s long time cook, Lucy Williamson.  The buffet table will be laden with two entrees, a collection of sides, salad with Lucy’s famous dressing, homemade bread, and a sideboard of luscious desserts.  Adaland’s signature peach iced tea and coffee round out the afternoon meal that has become a favorite of many visitors.

A Celebration of Weddings

An  annual  April gathering of local vendors and bridal couples. Come out to the house on the hill four miles north of downtown Philippi and visit wedding service vendors from around the area ready to help with your wedding! Couples who have already booked a  wedding at Adaland are invited to the day along with their wedding party and family. The public is also invited to visit the house, the grounds, the side yard pavilion, and to talk with the wedding service vendors to explore a future wedding at Adaland.


In photo: wedding vendor Country Blooms of Philippi

Adaland Mansion Hosted WV Commissioner of Tourism
Amy Goodwin on October 13, 2016


Amy S. Goodwin visited Adaland Mansion to discuss tourism’s impact on the WV economy and to visit the 1870 restored mansion. Adaland hosted this special event to showcase the  mansion as a tourist attraction and to premier a new DVD which is used to market Adaland Mansion to the public.


The event that  included remarks by the Commissioner, a preview of the DVD, and a light luncheon. This special event also gave those in the area who work with tourism the opportunity to meet Commissioner Goodwin and to discuss ideas with her. in addition it gave the Commissioner the opportunity to meet with people who  draw visitors into Barbour County.

Adaland Mansion and Director Ann Serafin
Receive  WV Preservation Achievement Award

Adaland Mansion at Philippi and Dr. Ann Serafin, Executive Director of Adaland Mansion were recently honored by the Preservation Alliance of WV with the 2015 Preservation Achievement for a Building Project Award.


The 2015 award was presented to Dr. Ann Serafin for her tireless efforts to restore Philippi’s 1870 home, the latest restoration project being a repair of a bowing south wall at Adaland Mansion.  This project restored historic masonry in the house’s south wall.


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