The Yard

Hot Springs, Bath County, Virginia

Built in 1925, for Fay Ingalls (1882-1957) and his wife Rachel Gaff Holmes (1885-1966). Fay had been a lawyer in New York, living at Sunken Orchard on Long Island. But, the Ingalls grew tired of New York society and they came to Hot Springs where Fay would run "The Homestead Hotel" established by his father, railroad tycoon Melville E. Ingalls. They commissioned Stanley Matthews and C.W. Short, Jr. of Cincinnati to build them their new 15-bedroom Tudor-style mansion which featured an inner courtyard surrounded on three sides. Mrs Ingalls was a noted horsewoman and the house was designed specifically with her passion in mind. There were hitching posts in the inner courtyard and they kept their own pack of hounds in kennels on the grounds for hunting. Other outbuildings on the estate included the "chauffeurs shed". 

This house is best associated with...

Fay Ingalls

Fay Ingalls, President of Virginia Hot Springs Inc.


Rachel Gaff Holmes

Mrs Rachel (Holmes) Ingalls


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Contributed by Mark Meredith on 07/01/2019 and last updated on 04/08/2020.
Virginia Department of Historic Resources; Bath County, Virginia (2003) by Margo Oxendine, Arcadia Publishing; The Yard - Frazier Associates 


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