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Barboursville Walking Tour
View 36 sites on this tour of the historic district of Barboursville, established in 1813. Stops include the John W. Thornburg Home, c. 1862, the Miller/Thornburg Store, c. 1854, the William Clendenin Miller Home, c. 1852, the Toll House, a log cabin dating to 1837, and the Barboursville Cemetery, which was started in 1824.
Booker T. Washington Memorial
On the State Capitol grounds, this memorial honors Washington, who spent his boyhood in nearby Malden. Recognized for his accomplishments in advancing the education of African-Americans, Washington is a member of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.
Carter G. Woodson Memorial
Huntington is the home of Carter G. Woodson, recognized nationally as the "Father of Black History." The life-sized bronze statue stands on Hal Greer Boulevard between 8th and 9th avenues.
Located in Daniel Boone Park, this restored Greek Revival home was built in 1834 by James Craik, grandson of Dr. James Craik, personal physician and friend to George Washington. In 1858, the house was sold to Colonel George S. Patton, grandfather of General Patton of World War II fame.
Dunbar Wine Cellar Park
These cellars, built in the 1850s, produced wine until 1861 when business was suspended by the Civil War. The restored cellars are located within a 316-acre city park.
East End Historic District
This historic residential district is bordered by Bradford, Quarrier and Michigan streets and Kanawha Boulevard. Dating from the early 19th century to the present, the area encompasses fine examples of Colonial, Greek Revival, Late Victorian, Queen Anne, Georgian, Spanish Colonial, Italianate and Renaissance homes.
The Heritage Farm and Village Museum
See early American life in this village of original restored log buildings. Collections include antique churns, washing machines, a wood lathe, antique cars and tools, a general store with hundreds of items on display and much more. Open by appointment.
Holly Grove (Daniel Ruffner House)
The mansion was built in 1815 by salt entrepreneur Daniel Ruffner on lands now occupied by the State Capitol Complex and the East End Historic District of Charleston. Ruffner opened the house as an inn, and at one time, housed such notables as Daniel Boone, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, Samuel Houston and John James Audubon.
Hurricane History Row
Exhibits include an Indian Petroglyph (Water Monster's Daughter); a restored CSX caboose containing local railroad history; photos and memorabilia of Hurricane.
Hurricane's Historic Homes
Homes to see include the Conner-Erwin home, c. 1870, made from local brick, modified Federal style, which now houses Wiles-Johnson family and antiques/gift shop; Dorsey-Wilson house, c. 1885, originally owned by founder of Putnam County Bank, now a gift/specialty shop; Mynes house, c. 1880, location of a livery stable for many years, with lots laid out by C.P. Huntington's company in 1870s, now a gift shop. Historic murals on Main Street may be viewed in the same area.
Jenkins Plantation Museum
Home of Brigadier General Albert C. Jenkins, this house was built as a Virginia Plantation House, c. 1835. The house's grounds, part of the Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area, are open to the public. House tours by appointment. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Maddie Carrol House
The c. 1810 house used the rare post and beam construction, and has served as a private residence, the first Catholic Church in Cabell County, as well as an inn where C.P. Huntington stopped. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Museum of Radio and Technology
Discover thousands of artifacts covering the history of radio. Hear recordings of favorite radio programs of days gone by, and learn about radio's influence on other technologies. Open weekends or by appointment.
Point Pleasant Battle Monument State Park
Point Pleasant, (304)675-0869
A monument and museum commemorate the frontiersmen who fought the forces of Chief Cornstalk in a battle recognized by many as the first engagement of the American Revolution.
Samuel Shrewsbury, Sr., House (Old Stone House)
Belle, (304)949-2380, (304)949-2398
Restored and furnished in period style, the oldest house in Belle was built between 1800 and 1810 of handcut sandstone. The interior walls, cupboards and woodwork are of handhewn walnut. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
South Charleston Mound
South Charleston, (304)746-5552
Excavated by the Smithsonian Institution in 1885, this prehistoric Adena Indian mound was constructed as a burial place for chieftains during the First Century, AD. Second largest mound in the state, it measures 175 feet in diameter by 35 feet high.
Virgil A. Lewis House (Schumaker-Lewis House)
This Eastlake style house (c. 1885) was the residence of Virgil A. Lewis, first state historian and archivist, author and state superintendent of schools from 1893-97. Call for tours.
West Virginia Governor's Mansion
Part of the Capitol Complex, this Georgian Colonial home of West Virginia's governors was completed in 1925. Constructed of red Harvard colonial brick, the 30-room mansion is graced by a white columned portico overlooking the Kanawha River. Tours available 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
West Virginia State Capitol Complex
Completed in 1932, the state's striking Italian Renaissance capitol building is dominated by a 293-foot gold leaf dome, almost five feet higher than the US Capitol dome. Within the Rotunda, 180 feet above the floor, a two-ton chandelier sparkles with 10,080 pieces of Czechoslovakian crystal. In addition to the Capitol building itself, the Capitol Complex includes the state's Governor's Mansion, the Cultural Center and the West Virginia State Museum. Guided tours of the State Capitol Building are available daily; phone for reservations.
West Virginia State Farm Museum
Point Pleasant, (304)675-5737
This living farm museum encompasses 50 acres with 31 reconstructed buildings, including a log cabin, church, country store, blacksmith shop and schoolhouse. Antiques, farm implements, guided tours and a one-mile nature trail are also featured.
West Virginia State Museum
Encompassing 23,000 square feet on the lower level of the Cultural Center, the museum traces state history from Indian migration to the early 20th century, highlighting a settler's cabin, the Civil War and a general store. Part of the Civil War Discovery Trail. Changing exhibits and the Museum Gallery showcase special collections and state artists.
Z.D. Ramsdell House
The home of Union Capt. Z.D. Ramsdell, built in 1858, perhaps as a stop on the underground railroad, displays Civil War memorabilia, period antiques and Civil War records.