Charleston’s Sesquicentennial Houses Offer West Virginia Day Tours

18Jun 2013

Three historic homes in Charleston will host open houses in honor of West Virginia’s 150th birthday on June 20. The open houses are part of a special state sesquicentennial project, the Seven Sisters, organized by a consortium of historic Charleston properties and organizations. The organizations involved in the project are the Craik-Patton House, Historic Glenwood Foundation, Charleston Historic Landmarks Commission and the West Virginia Humanities Council.

In observance of the state's sesquicentennial, the consortium is honoring seven historic Charleston houses that were standing on June 20, 1863. The Seven Sisters properties are: Holly Grove Mansion (built in 1815), Colonel Henry Hewitt Wood House (1829), Craik-Patton House (1834), Augustus Ruffner House (1834), MacFarland-Hubbard House (1836), Littlepage Stone Mansion (1845) and Glenwood Estate (1852).

On June 20, coordinated open houses will focus on the three houses with a public mission—Glenwood Estate, 800 Orchard Street; Craik-Patton House, 2809 Kanawha Boulevard East; and the MacFarland-Hubbard House, home to the West Virginia Humanities Council, at 1310 Kanawha Boulevard East. Open house hours are 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at Glenwood; 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the MacFarland-Hubbard House, and 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Craik-Patton House.

Billy Joe Peyton, chairman of the Charleston Historic Landmarks Commission, will give a talk on the history of Charleston’s built environment at the conclusion of the Craik-Patton House tour. The open houses and talk are free, and light refreshments will be available.

Other activities related to the Seven Sisters project include exterior “badges” designed for the occasion and made available to each property identifying it as a sesquicentennial house. An informational brochure with a map, photographs and profiles of the houses will be available to the public at each site.

The Seven Sisters project was made possible with a grant from the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission. For more information, contact the Craik-Patton House at 304-925-5341 or the West Virginia Humanities Council at 304-346-8500.