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Sold – Virginia Fixer Upper on 2 Acres Under $35K – Can It Be Saved?


It is heartbreaking to see the 2009 Google Map pre-fire view of this circa 1920 home and then to see it now. Located on two acres, it had a fire in 2016, but was once the home and office of the town’s doctor. The property has two outbuildings and is located just four miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Unique opportunity in Floyd County, Virginia! Historic home in Willis community of Willis, formerly home to local doctor with the small two room office still standing. Both levels and attic were subject to a major house fire in 2016, but home was originally a 4 bedroom, 1 bath home. Property has well and septic. – Per Zillow

  • 4bed
  • 1bath


142 Conner Grove Rd SW, Willis, VA 24380.   $34,900 Sold

Contact Thomas & Wall Real Estate Llc

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This was the home of Dr. Joseph Cleveland Rutrough (1884-1964) and his wife Minnie. Graduating from Baltimore Medical College (now the University of Maryland) in 1910, Joseph went on to complete his graduate work at John Hopkins University. He married Minnie Sutherland soon after, and the couple had three sons, Joseph, Maurice and Vernon.  The good doctor practiced family medicine for more than 50 years in Floyd County, Virginia, beginning his career when horses were the means of transportation to make house calls.

After Minnie and the doctor passed away in in 1953 and 1964 respectively, Joseph Jr. inherited the house. He married  Elizabeth Nadine Bussey in 1950, and the couple raised their three children here, Barbra, Joe and Nancy. Joseph Jr. worked in construction and Elizabeth owned and operated the local Sears catalog store. In 2015, Elizabeth sold the home for $89,000.



Dr. Rutrough riding out to visit patients.



  • Barry beaubien

    That’s crazy and sad… I don’t understand the asking price…the home is ruined. Total demo. Electric is shot and outdated, walls and floors need gutting, ceiling, and the actual supports might be no good also by now…that’s 6 years of water damage, mold, and bugs…termites can eat a house up in 5 years. Why the 35k price tag? If they really want to sell it they need to price it for the land and septic. The well isn’t working after 6 years of no use. He’s looking at a 30k parcel at best subtract 20k for demo.

  • [email protected]

    Virginia prices have skyrocketed, but I don’t think $35K is bad. The well could be fine, it has septic, an outbuilding, and electricity runs to the property. If the house has to come down, the value of the original elements, good wood, could offset the demo cost.

  • Jennifer

    35K heck that’s a deal for the land, septic and well in place. Plus what looks to be salvageable outbuildings. House is a gut job which is sad.

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