Historic marble mantle from the U.S. Capitol returns home to LU
Liberty University recently arranged for the return of a historical marble mantle to the Carter Glass Mansion on campus.
Liberty’s main campus sits on the former estate of multi-term U.S. Senator Carter Glass, who, during his many years in Washington, acquired two marble mantles that were originally in our nation’s second Capitol — after the first Capitol was burned by the British in the War of 1812.
Glass installed the mantles in his new home, which he called “Montview,” in 1923. But when Liberty acquired the home in 1977, the terms of the contract provided that the previous owners, Daniel and Hallie Bowman, would retain the mantles. Now some family members have found it fitting to return one of the mantles, which was installed last week at the home, now commonly referred to as “the Mansion.”
The offices of Liberty founder Dr. Jerry Falwell and current Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. were located in the Mansion from 1990 to 2007. After Dr. Falwell’s death, plans were made for the home to be renovated into a bed and breakfast to be used by special guests to the university. Four upstairs bedrooms have been restored to fit the 1920s period. Downstairs, the dining room, sitting room, study and kitchen have also been restored. Dr. Falwell’s office remains exactly as he left it when he died on May 15, 2007.
Visitors can tour the Mansion and learn about its history. Guides will take visitors through the first-floor office space, which includes Dr. Falwell’s office and Falwell, Jr.’s office that has been restored to the way it was when Sen. Glass had his office in that same space. There is also a former conference room that is now decorated with a pictorial display of Falwell, Sr.’s life and light-hearted memorabilia and gifts from his family and friends. To schedule a tour, call (434) 582-7678.