Page-Vawter House

The Page Vawter House is among the most elaborate examples of Italianate architecture in southern West Virginia.
The Page Vawter House is among the most elaborate examples of Italianate architecture in southern West Virginia.

The Gauley Mountain Coal Company in 1890 commissioned architect and builder William Minter to build a residence for its president and general manager, William Nelson Page. Page had engineered a narrow-gauge rail line from the Ansted, West Virginia, in Fayette County, through the New River Gorge where it met the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. The home sits on an open hillside where its grand appearance catches the attention of travelers on US-60, the Midland Trail. When Page retired in 1917, the company-owned home was offered to Caption John Vawter, who managed the company store at Ansted. Vawter’s descendants eventually purchased the property and lived in the home until 2005. Between 2006 and 2021, the Campbell family restored much of its exterior and interior. In 2021, the property was purchased and opened as an events venue.

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