At the time, transportation through Nicholas County was limited
to a few roads or bridle paths. The major roads connected to the Kanawha and
James River Turnpike at Gauley Bridge, Settlement of the county occurred in two
directions. The primary direction was fi-om Charleston and Kanawha County, to
the south and west along the Turnpike and Gauley Bridge, This is indicated by
the early settlement of communities along Peters Creek. These communities
include Lockwood and the Morris settlements; Drennen's settlements in and
around the town of Drennen; and the Kessler’s Cross Lanes vicinity. Access to
all of these town would have occurred past the Mason-Drennen house and store.
This would have made the location particularly valuable, and the business
location significant to the local area.
The house left the Drennen family by 1919 and had been exchanged three times by 1921. Martin Mason
acquired the property in 1921 through his marriage to Elizabeth Dorsey. Mason continued to run the property as an inn and as a recreation area.
Many residents of the county remember picnicking and having Sunday
retreats to the spring site and the inn. There were dances and
entertainment available. At this time, the inn was known as Mary's