In 1920, Dr. J.E. Coleman, founder of the Fayette Hospital, chose the Hawkins House as a location to fulfill a government contract to provide hospitalization for soldiers who had contracted tuberculosis during World War I. However, Dr. Coleman ran into unexpected opposition from the citizens of Fayetteville when they learned of his plans. Their fear of the spread of tuberculosis from the hospital forced Dr. Coleman to agree to resell the property if a buyer could be found. In July 1920, a concerned group of citizens from Fayetteville purchased the property from Dr. Coleman and later sold it to coal operator V.S. Veasey, who used the home as a summer residence.
During the late 1920s, the Veasey’s sold the property to a local judge, C.W. Dillion. In the late 1930s, Judge Dillon’s death caused the house to be put on the market again. The house stood empty for 7 years until it was purchased by William Ballard in 1941. The wife of William Ballard was voted West Virginia’s Mother of the Year during the 1970s. During this same decade, both Mr. and Mrs. Ballard passed way. The house was then transferred to one of their heirs who lived in the house until 1983. The house stood empty from 1983 until 1988 when the Voslers purchased the property.
The E.B. Hawkins home was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 18, 1990. Today, the home serves as a local bed and breakfast called the Historic White Horse Inn Bed & Breakfast.