Preserving the Story and Soul of the Mountain State
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Craik – Patton House is a splendid example of Greek Revival architecture in the Kanawha River Valley of West Virginia. Constructed in 1834, the Craik- Patton House or “Elm Grove” as it was known then, was built downtown Charleston, Virginia, now West Virginia, by James Craik, grandson of Dr. James Craik close friend and personal physician to President George Washington. Later, the home was purchased by Confederate Colonel George S. Patton I, grandfather of WW2 General George S. Patton. It was moved twice but ultimately was saved by the National Society of Colonial Dames in America in the State of West Virginia and moved in 1973 to its current location.
9am – 2pm
Workshop leaders, Jim Mitchell and Paul Zuros, will demonstrate their methods and
share research materials for discovering the history and authenticity of various forms of
tableware. Participants will learn how to research the dates and places of various pieces
of American, English and German pottery and porcelain using a variety of books on
these subjects. A tour of the Craik-Patton House, built in 1834 by James Craik,
grandson of the personal physician to President George Washington and later owned
by Confederate Colonel George S. Patton I, is included following the completion of the
The cost to attend this workshop is $10 for WVAM members or $20 for non-members.
Lunch is included in the fee.
To celebrate West Virginia’s birthday on June 20 from 2 to 4pm, the Humanities Council will open the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House for tours with light refreshments. Come visit Our Old House, enjoy a West Virginia-shaped cookie and learn about the 1836 house, a landmark property listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of Charleston’s seven antebellum houses. The house was built when Andrew Jackson was president and later used as a hospital during the Civil War.
“Celebrate West Virginia” is a weekend-long celebration of West Virginia Day! A kickoff celebration, held Thursday June 22 from 4-7 PM at Spark! Imagination and Science Center, will feature live music and food. Representatives from museums and historic sites in the community will present family-friendly activities and information about their organization.
Throughout the weekend, area museums and historic sites will have special, family-friendly events (all of which will be free). Participating organizations are Spark! Imagination and Science Center, Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum, Art Museum of WVU, West Virginia Botanic Garden, Old Hemlock Foundation, Monongalia Historical Society, WVU Libraries/West Virginia & Regional History Center, and Arthurdale Heritage, Inc.