Preston County Day Trip Driving Tour
Spend a day traveling through historic Preston County, West Virginia. While the county's historic sites span a broad chronological period, many of the most significant interpretive efforts in the area have centered on the era from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. So, the first stop on the tour is historic Arthurdale, once home to a planned community for unemployed coal miners that was created under the close personal supervision of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as part of a nationwide New Deal era initiative. From there, drive to the county seat of Kingwood to visit the McGrew House where West Virginia founder James Clark McGrew and his son state delegate and senator William Clark McGrew lived in the nineteenth century. Next, visit The Szilagyi Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Rowlesburg, which houses a number of museums, craft rooms, a cafe, and an auditorium. After that, head over to Cannon Hill, site of the 1863 Battle of Rowlesburg during the American Civil War. Finally, you can head back to the Preston County Inn, a historic home constructed by local attorney James A. Brown for his wife Isabel in the late antebellum period. With driving time and time spent at each site, you can look forward to a day full of the local history and scenic West Virginia vistas that make Preston County such a worthwhile destination.