Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Sites of Davis & Elkins College
Arts and the Performing Arts
Convention & Visitors Bureau
1302 N. Randolph Ave.
Elkins, WV 26241
Established in 1890 by Senators Henry
Gassaway Davis and Steven Benton Elkins, the city of Elkins has become
the hub of Randolph County. Discover the history of Elkins under your
feet in the heart of West Virginia. Enjoy glimpses of the Victorian
age when Elkins prospered as a railroad boomtown at the
turn-of-the-century. Take an imaginary ride with Henry G. Davis and
see the sights of days gone by. See the man himself immortalized in
bronze, mounted on what is affectionately known as the "Iron
History abounds in and around Elkins
from the Native Americans through the Civil War into the Victorian
Era. Visit old world mansions, mills, and museums. See preserved
private collections and Civil War sites, eat traditional cuisine, or
just take a stroll down the street where elegant ladies and prominent
gentleman have wandered.
the splendor of the West Virginia mountains
|Discover mountain recreation,
game, and wildlife at Shavers Fork, Cheat and Tygart Rivers,
Kumbrabow State Forest, Bickle Knob, Laurel Fork and Otter Creek
Wildernesses, and Stuart Recreation Area in the Monongahela National
Forest. Great areas for skiing, fishing, caving, camping hunting,
climbing, rafting, and biking.
|Biking: Events include;
The Canaan Mountain Series (Fat Tire); 24 Hours of Canaan (Fat
Tire); The West Virginia Classic (Skinny Tire); Snowshoe Mountain
Bike Challenge (Fat Tire) and the non-competitive Blackwater Bikes
Twilight Time Trials
Two historic B&B's in Randolph County offer a bike tour from Inn
|Camping: privately owned
camp grounds, state parks with modern camp sites, and national
forest wildernesses for primitive camping.
range from "bouldering" to skilled climbing; climbing
schools, and guides available.
|Fishing: trout fishing
is one of the most popular activities in the region. Some 200 area
waters are stocked with trout. Many streams have native brook trout
and other sport fishing includes black bass, muskelunge, tiger musky
and northern pike, walleye , hybrid striped bass sauger. Be sure to
visit the National Fish Hatchery at Bowden.
|Golf: several excellent
courses in the region include The Elks Club in Elkins, Snowshoe's
Hawthorne Valley (a Garry Player Signature Course), Holly Meadows
and Canaan Valley Golf Courses.
Augusta Heritage workshops, hosted by
Davis & Elkins College during July and August of each year,
include more than 100 classes in traditional music, crafts, dance and
folklore for all ages and levels of expertise. The Augusta Heritage
workshops are dedicated to passing one the values and sense of craft
of the early Appalachian settlers. Weekend and 5 day classes are
taught by master artists. Every year the Augusta Heritage Festival
brings Appalachian heritage to life in a celebration featuring
displays of handcrafted products and great music.
Established by Swiss craftsmen in
1869, Helvetia preserves its Swiss tradition. During the second
weekend every September, the Helvetia Fair entertains visitors with
folk dancing, demonstrations, exhibits, arts, crafts, and excellent
foods. Be sure to visit the log cabin Helvetia Museum and the Zion
Presbyterian Church built in 1882.
Historic Walking Tours
The following places to visit will
give you an idea of the rich history, lovely architecture, and
graceful life-style in Elkins.
For more information: Randolph
County Convention and Visitors Bureau
(800) 422-3304 or (304) 636-2717
- Railroad Station
Railroad and Third Avenues, 1908. The Western Maryland
Railway Station was built as a freight and passenger station to
service the West Virginia and Pittsburgh Railroad. The station is a
good example of turn-of-the-century architecture.
- Dann Building
Davis Avenue and Third Streets, 1897. Erected by
prominent Elkins citizens W.H. Dann and H.R. Warfield to house their
clothing and dry goods store. The original corner entrance has been
altered by the fabric of the building remains intact beneath the
grill-work added to the second story.
- Starr Hotel/Kennedy Building
224 Davis Avenue, 1901. Built by Dann and Warfield, the
building was purchased by C.W. Kennedy to house the Starr Hotel and
Restaurant. Sixteen bedrooms, comfortably furnished with hot and
cold baths, were available at a price of $1.50 per night.
Originally, the building had five round-arched opening, one of which
remains as the breezeway entrance on the north end. The building has
been substantially altered.
- McHale Building
216-222 Davis Avenue, 1905. Constructed by Edward T.
McHale. The original storefronts were occupied by the Central Meat
Market. James Monda Confectionery, and a clothing store. Large
brackets with a floral motif accent the roof line, which is
inscribed with the name "McHale."
- Moyle Building
210-214 Davis Avenue, 1906. Built for D.V. Moyle. The
date of construction is stamped on the center panel of the roof
line, surrounded by a molded metal cornice edged with foliated
brackets between garland-embossed panels.
- Gassaway Hotel/Hotel Tygart
206-208 Davis Avenue, 1906. Erected for J.W. Jenkins
and Charles Harr. The parcel was part of the "Public Square
Block" set aside by Senator Henry G. Davis when the town was
originally laid out. Known as Elkins' only "skyscraper,"
the seven story structure operated as a hotel until the early 1970's
when it was converted into an apartment building.
- Kendall Building
200-204 Davis Avenue, 1901. This property was purchased
from Senator Henry G. Davis by M.A. Kendall in 1901. The Kendall
Furniture Store, Kendall & Sons Funeral Home, a bowling alley
and C. Von Allaman's photography studio were all located here. This
building displays ornate architectural detail.
- Dr. J.C. Irons House
116 Second Street, 1890. An excellent example of the
architecture favored by prosperous homeowners' in Elkins' early
years. Owned by the town's first mayor, the Irons House features a
wood frame, German siding, a gable roof, and decorative sawnwork
windowheads. This home is an unaltered example of a once common
- Parmesano Building
122 Third Street, 1899. Erected for Vincent Parmesano,
a native of Italy, who operated a fruit and confectionery business
and supplied baked goods to the railroad. The first floor of the
building once had a cast iron storefront. A metal cornice and
polygonal bay window remain.
- Nathan Building
123-127 Third Street, 1907. Built by Benjamin Nathan,
the Nathan Building is still one of the largest commercial building
in downtown Elkins. Elaborate metal cornice and entablature, with
alternating rows of molded brackets and egg & dart molding show
the history of this building.
- First United Methodist Church
315 Kerens Avenue, 1904. Originally named the Methodist
Episcopal Church, this is the only church in Elkins built in the
Romanesque Revival style. Of historical interest are the two square
battlement towers, the larger being three stories high with an open
belfry. After its completion, $1,000 was donated for the purchase of
the church pipe organ by Andrew Carnegie.
- Greenwade House
327-329 1/2 Kerens Avenue, 1893. One of the earliest
Kerens Avenue structures still standing. Remarkably, it has not been
altered much from its original turn-of-the-century style. It has
housed many businesses and even served as a school between 1910 and
- Bishop Apartments
115-125 Fourth Street, 1915. Built by Ray W. Bishop,
this row-house architecture was characteristic in larger cities.
These apartments are the earliest local example of this style.
- Davis Memorial Presbyterian
Randolph Avenue and Sycamore Street, 1895. Henry and
Thomas Davis erected this church in the memory of their parents. The
site was originally occupied by the "Old White" church
which housed Federal Troops and served as a stable during the Civil
War. A significant portion of the roof was replaced in 1984 with the
tile virtually identical to the original. The stained glass windows
were restored in 1985.
- Grace Davis Lee House
601 Davis Avenue, 1894. This Queen Anne style home is
believed to bye the first brick residence in Elkins. Built by
Senator Henry G. Davis for is daughter Grace and her husband Arthur
Lee, a relative of General Robert E. Lee. This dwelling was hoe to
many prominent local residents including Senator Harry B. Martin and
- John W. Sisler House
513 Davis Avenue, 1890. Once the residence of Dr. Hodie
W. Daniels, one of the founders of the City Hospital. He was later
killed during World War I and the H.W. Daniels Post of the American
Legion was named in his honor. The house illustrates the
architectural character of the 1890's with the polygonal pediment by
with molded rakeboard and wood-shingled tympanum.
- McHale House
505 Davis Avenue, 1896. Built by Edward T. McHale, it
is only house in Elkins known to have remained in the same family
since its construction. The structure remains remarkably intact,
including the stable/carriage house on the rear of the property.
- Ralph Darden House421
Davis Avenue, 1904. Erected by Elkins entrepreneur Ralph Darden.
He served as director of the Elkins Milling Co., president of Cash
and Grocery, was a member of the Board of Directors of Davis Trust
Company and was on the founding Board of the Elkins Y.M.C.A. The
house was built in a less ornate style of Queen Anne architecture.
- Woodford House
419 Davis Avenue, 1905. Home of Joseph M. Woodford,
businessman and lumber dealer, the structure shows an extensive use
of wood and appears to be carpenter designed. The house has retained
its original wood fabric despite various alterations. The
1-1/2-story stable/carriage house at the rear of the property is
also remarkably intact.
- U.S. Post Office & Federal
401 Davis Avenue, 1906. This classical revival style
building housed the Post Office and Federal Building for 50 years,
until it was converted to City Hall. A cornerstone names James A.
Wetmore as the architect. The second story features french doors
with elaborate wrought iron railings across the lower third of the
window opening. Large elaborate metal lamps flank the center
entrance, which are thought to be original.
- Randolph Hotel
Fourth and Railroad Avenues, 1893. This building
underwent alterations in 1904-1905 that changed the facade to a
neoclassical appearance. The hotel featured 94 bedrooms, steam heat,
reading parlors, a dining room, bar, kitchen and later a laundry.
The entrance originally faced Railroad Avenue and was later moved to
the Fourth Street side of the building. The original rectangular
frame of the building was renovated to include three sections with
three bays in each section and brick veneer. The hotel served
patrons of the railroad until 1946 when it became a medical clinic.
In 1967 it was converted to a convalescent center.
- Mountain Valley, Bank, Na
317 Davis Avenue, 1913. Built for the Peoples National
Bank, this is the oldest Elkins building which has remained in
continuous use as a bank.
- Stalnaker Block
318-320 Davis Avenue, 1900. Built for the Stalnaker
family, this Romanesque building first housed a saloon and billiard
parlor. The Elkins telephone exchange was once located on one of the
upper floors. The molded metal cornice edging the roof line has a
central pediment embossed with the building's name.
- Brown Building
316 Davis Avenue, 1906. Constructed by Paul F. Brown,
this building housed his tailoring establishment on the first floor.
The roof is edged with a metal cornice enriched with a swagged
- Darden Block
314 Davis Avenue, 1906. Ralph Darden erected this
building to house his grain, flour, coal, and building materiel
business. The upper floors housed the offices which managed all of
Senator Davis' coal mining operations. While the storefront has been
modified several times, the upper stories of the building are
virtually unaltered, including the name "Darden" embossed
and set with a large medallion.
- Elkins Opera House
301-303 Davis Avenue, 1898. This structure housed an
800-seat theater on the upper floors and a grocer post office and
clothing store on the ground floor. Since 1919, it has remained a
clothing store under various names.
As you roam through the downtown area
be sure to visit any of the fine specialty shops, restaurants and
professional establishments. Enjoy antiquing, traditional arts &
crafts, community theatre productions, sample unique cultural foods,
or just browse.
Downtown Elkins is your center for
exploring the rich heritage of Appalachia while providing you with
every convenience. They offer a unique selection of professional
services in a charming downtown atmosphere.