Isaac David (I.D.) Van Metre

I. D. VAN METRE—Son of James M. Van Metre; farmer, dairyman, stockman. The farm on which he resides, “Old Stone House Farm,” is very productive as is indicated by the fact that it produced a ton and a quarter of milk per day during the World War, along with other productions in proportion. Mr. Van Metre is a member of the Board of Directors, Maryland-Virginia Co-operative Milk Producers Association, with headquarters at Washington, D. C. He has two daughters, Katherine and Bessie, the former a graduate of the Martinsburg High School, class of 1928, the later a Junior in the same institution; and two sons, James and I. D., Jr., both members of the 4-H Calf Club of Berkeley County, and, as members of this club with John DeBaugh, these boys at the ages of 11, 12, and 12, respectively, won the largest number of points of any county of the State at the West Virgins State Fair at Wheeling, September, 1926, for training, showing, and judging Jersey cattle, and demonstrating modern milking equipment and sanitary condition of milk.

Mr. Van Metre lives in a historic neighborhood. His home he now occupies was the home of General Adam Stephens, a soldier of the Revolutionary War. It was called the “Old Stone House Farm” when General Stephen resided there. The house was built in 1727. This farm joins the “Old Spaws Springs” farm. At this spring was located an old Indian fort which was destroyed by the Indians during the French and Indian War. Just a mile east of the Van Metre home, where Thos. K. Campbell now resides, was the home of General Horatio Gates, another general in the Revolutionary War. General Gates named his residence “Traveler’s Rest”. South three miles from this residence is the town of Leetown, named in honor  General Chas. Lee, another general in the American Revolution, who also resided there. About three miles east of Leetown on the road leading from Charles Town to Middleway stands the old mansion named “Harewood”, which was the home of Martha Dandridge Curtiss, the wife of General George Washington, a widow who had two children, a boy and a girl. She was a Dandridge, of Dandridge’s Ford, “The Bower” on the east bank of ‘the Opequon.

“Killdare”, the ancestral home of Haunce Van Metre, is situated on the State highway, one mile north of the Stone House Farm. He was an Indian fighter. His son, Jacob Van Metre, and his grandson. James LaRue Van Metre, were born at this place. This place is now owned by Mrs. Mary C.  Copenhaver.


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