Along Kanawha Boulevard East, along the Kanawha River, lies the historic Craik-Patton House.
Built in 1834, this was the home of Rev. James Craik and his wife, Juliet, until 1846, when the Reverend was called to a church in Kentucky. In 1858, George S. Patton, a Colonel in the Confederate Army, moved in with his family. The house was originally built in Virginia Street in Charleston, facing the Kanawha River. It was moved in 1973 to its present location for its preservation.
The “Elm Grove,” as it was known, is styled in the Greek Revival, featuring four Doric columns that support an extended center roof. Inside, visitors are transported back to the early 19th century, with the interiors and furnitures from the time period, including a secretary once owned by George Washington.
The Craik-Patton House and its grounds are a popular destination for tourists and a favorite setting for photographers. The house is open Mondays through Fridays, and by appointment on weekends. Professional photographers who want to shoot in the grounds must request for a permit before their visit.
Admission is free, though donations are accepted. Group tours are available at $3 for adults, $2 for seniors over 55, and free for children under 13.
2809 Kanawha Boulevard E, Charleston, WV
Phone: (304) 925-5341
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 AM to 12PM, 1 PM to 4 PM. Weekends by appointment.