Jacks-Manning Farm is also known as Vinton Farm. Most of the information we have regarding the house is from the application to be on the National Register of Historical Places.
Jacks-Manning Farm is located in Charles Town, WV. The house was originally constructed in the 1840’s for Robert Jacks who married Julia Davenport. The Davenports were a prominent family in Jefferson County. Julia’s father was one of the first Justices of the Peace in Jefferson County and her brother presided over the John Brown case as chief justice in the magistrates court. Robert and Julia’s daughter, Rebecca, married Thomas J. Manning. The Manning family continued to be active in both the social and political life of Jefferson County. Direct descendants of Robert and Julia continued to own the home for over 160 years.
In 1979, the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission declared the home a Jefferson County Historic Landmark. The Hayes family applied for the home to be placed on the National Registry of Historical Places in 1983. Two plaques have been placed on the front of the building from the registries.
The house was last lived in full-time in 1948 and then was used as a summer home. The family got together for one last family meal in 2003 before a developer bought the house and surrounding land. The house was annexed into the City of Charles Town, but there were no further developments to the land and the house remained empty. We were fortunate to be in the right spot when he decided to unload the property in 2012. The Hayes family still farms the surrounding property.
We are still digging for more information on the house and the family!