Washington Heritage Trail
Claymont Court (WV)
John Augustine, brother of George Washington, inherited land in West Virginia from his brother Lawrence but never lived there. His heir, however, constructed large estates on his land. Blakeley was constructed by grandson John Augustine II, while another grandson, Bushrod Corbin Washington (brother of John Augustine II) built the sumptuous Claymont Court manse on the opposite side of CR 13/3 at around the same time. John Augustine II and Bushrod built their mansions close to each other, in part, because their wives were sisters. Bushrod served as Jefferson County Justice of the Peace and was later elected to the Virginia General Assembly. Claymont Court remains the only one of the Washington homes that is open to the public. The estate includes the magnificent main house, formal gardens, and the massive brick stables, which have been adapted for use as a school.