The Hamilton farm consisted of garden and farm crops, livestock, and poultry, and was typical of the subsistence farming that was instrumental in the settlement and development of Nicholas County. The Hamilton house represents an important period in Nicholas County history. It was donated to the Nicholas County Historical and Genealogical Society in 1985, and is used as a museum and genealogical library.
Martin Hamilton was a Summersville, WV native, and built this house after the Civil War conflict in Nicholas County. Martin's father owned a general store, and he earned his living by farming his land while working at the general store. In 1880 Martin Hamilton married Hannah Remely, and in 1893 they bought the land they would build their house on.
When the farm
buildings were completed, there was a large barn on the knoll behind the house and a large apple
orchard surrounding it. Behind the house was a coal house, a granary and a chicken house. In the
bottom land near the road there was a two- story barn with a hay loft for cattle and horses. A
garden was also located in this area.1