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Jerry Falwell, Sr.'s office now open for tours

April 16, 2008 : Mitzi Bible

LU chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. announced to students Wednesday that his father’s office in the Carter Glass Mansion is open for tours.

“The Mansion,” as students call it, is an historic home in the center of campus where the late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. had his office since 1990. The office has been preserved the way it was when Falwell Sr. died May 15, 2007.

On his desk are stacks of books and papers on one end. The walls and bookshelves are full of family pictures (several of his grandchildren) and sports memorabilia is scattered about.

There’s a bust of Thomas Jefferson that was given to Falwell Sr. by a friend and a framed letter on the wall from someone in Tennessee thanking Falwell for his service to the country with his work on conservative values and the Moral Majority.

Tours are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Guides will take visitors through the first-floor office space, which includes an office restored to the way it was when the home’s original owner, U.S. Sen. Carter Glass, was there. There is also a former conference room that is now decorated with light-hearted memorabilia and gifts from friends of Falwell Sr.’s.

Renovations began at the beginning of the year for the home to be used as a bed and breakfast for special guests to the university. Four upstairs bedrooms have been restored to fit the 1920s period. A downstairs dining room, sitting room and study have also been preserved. Work is under way on the home’s kitchen.

Built in 1923, the home was originally called Montview and served as a retreat away from Washington, D.C. for Sen. Glass.

Dr. Cline Hall, LU professor of history, had Montview listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and as a state historic landmark in the mid-80s.

It was purchased by Liberty University in 1977.