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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 hero 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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  • The Craik-Patton House was worth visiting during our most recent stay to Charleston, WV. One of the second oldest homes in this location, this place is a must. Our tour guide went above and beyond.....  more
    The Craik-Patton House was worth visiting during our most recent stay to Charleston, WV. One of the second oldest homes in this location, this place is a must. Our tour guide went above and beyond.....  more »
  • A great find in Charleston WV. This well preserved home has seen a lot of early US history. We received a wonderful tour by a VERY knowledgeable guide. 
    A great find in Charleston WV. This well preserved home has seen a lot of early US history. We received a wonderful tour by a VERY knowledgeable guide.  more »
  • Even though we didn’t get to see the inside (since visiting hours are limited) it was a sweet little historic stop to enjoy the outside of. I found it a little confusing online but it made sense once....  more
    Even though we didn’t get to see the inside (since visiting hours are limited) it was a sweet little historic stop to enjoy the outside of. I found it a little confusing online but it made sense once....  more »
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  • We love history and decided to check it out. We were running late and called to ask how late we could arrive and still tour the house. Nathan ensured us if we were there by 3:45 he would be glad to give a full tour. He did a great job and is obviously passionate about his work. If your a history buff and or love old homes, check this place out. There is no charge but they accept donations.
  • Had a great tour of both the Craik Patton house and the Ruffner cabin. Docent was very knowledgeable. It's a free tour with donations gladly accepted. Highly recommend! My father assumes the hopper-grinder would have been used for corn but values others input.
  • Nathan was a fantastic tour guide. Wicked smart!!! We really enjoyed our visit.
  • I highly recommend the Craik Patton House for small weddings. Nate was awesome to work with and was exceedingly patient in answering all of my questions. When asked how many chairs would fit on the porch, he pulled out a measuring tape to provide an exact answer. He also worked tirelessly during the rehearsal and wedding to make sure the grounds were manicured and the reception area was spotless. His passion for the historical preservation of the home and its belongings was obvious.
  • Excellent tour and very detailed. I loved learning about West Virginia's history and the Pattons's. I highly recommend that you go on the tour.

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