Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Maslin-Gamble Mansion, Moorefield
The Maslin House was built in 1848 by Thomas Maslin. Maslin was born in 1808 to William and Ann Maslin of Berkeley County. The home was built by two Baltimore builders from local timber and brick. From 1850 to 1865, Maslin was a justice of the county court, among other political activities.
It is also said that Maslin was a strong Confederate sympathizer, and southern gentleman, despite the strong Union loyalties of Hardy County during the war. One legend states that Confederate soldiers were hidden in a secret cellar room during a Union raid.
Maslin died in 1878, and is buried in Olivet Cemetery. The home remained in the family for a few years before being sold to Mortimer Gamble, a lawyer and House of Delegates member.
According to haunted history, there are willow trees on the property that bear markings showing where slaves were tied up to them. The home is also said to be haunted by the cries of children. It is said that Maslin's daughter had multiple children fathered by slaves, whom he murdered and burned their bodies.
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