Craik-Patton House, Charleston

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Craik-Patton House is a historic home located at Charleston, West Virginia. It was built by James Craik and his wife, Juliet Shrewsbury, in 1834 in the Greek Revival style. It was originally located on Virginia Street in Charleston, but moved to its present site in 1973 to save it from the threat of demolition. It features four massive columns that support the extended center roof with pilasters placed above the front facade. It was faithfully restored and preserved for the public by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the state of West Virginia and open for tours year round.
Though originally named "Elm Grove" the house is now called the Craik-Patton House in honor of Rev. James Craik who built the house, who was the grandson and namesake of George Washington's physician, Dr. James Craik. The Patton aspect of the name comes from Col. George S. Patton, grandfather of WWII George Patton, who lived in the house with his family from 1858 until his passing.
The Craik Patton House also features attractions of interest relating to several other prominent families of the Charleston region. Most notably among these are the Ruffner Log House which is located on the museum property. Within the house itself can be found artifacts not only of the two families it takes its name from, however also objects relating to the Kanwha Valley's role in local history.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
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  • I came here for a tour of the house. It was so interesting to learn the history and the building is beautifully preserved. The garden is peaceful and beautiful. This would be a great place to host....  more »
  • This was free (we made a donation). If you enjoy history you must stop. The historian was Very knowledgeable. This is a home that is constantly changing as they acquire new pieces. There is also.....  more »
  • The tour was very nice and informative. The guide did a great job and let us see all of the available areas including the cabin, all at our own pace. It helped that we were there only ones on the tour too, we had his undivided attention. I'm glad we took the time to check it out.
  • Amazing property with tremendous history. The guide was a true historian who knew so much about not just the home and family, but the whole area. Worth your stop if ever in Charleston.

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