How We Used This:
This is now a park, but there was a drawn out battle fought right here, as well as a few miles to the north west (as pictured below with the reenactment photos.)
Private land near the battlefield. I've heard of the pink mist that covered Gettysburg, and this reminded me of that.
Cathedral Falls in Gauley Bridge, WV.
The McNutt House in Princeton, WV was a VERY important structure. The North was moving in, and the Confederates did not want to let them have the city of Princeton to use to their advantage. The South knew they didn't have a chance against the North in the area, so they set fire to the town of Princeton, burning everything. Dr. McNutt made a deal with them, he said in exchange for them leaving his house he would use his home as a hospital for both the North AND the South, thus the ONLY Antebellum structure left standing in the area. I couldn't get a better photo due to traffic on the street. It is a VERY interested home, with a LOT of history. At one point in time, it was used by 2 men who would both become president, and they were both residents here at the same time!!
Clipping of what the house looked like.
More history on the house.
The Presidential Link.
One of the bedrooms where a future President slept.
It is said that Hayes and McKinley stood together at this door and looked out over the city from the top balcony.
My phone wasn't enough to capture the grand staircase. Beautiful is an understatement.
The original floors. One of the rooms had down different flooring because a dentist had made the home his dental office. He used the room as an exam room, and this room had been the operating room during the war. There was a HUGE blood stain in the floor that creeped the dentist, and his patients, for obvious reasons. They covered the floor. But, as chance would have it, there was a need to go under the house. It was there they discovered that the blood stain was so significant it had soaked completely through the floor and was visible on the other side under the house! Think about the amount of blood loss it would have taken for that to have happened.
The front parlor. I can imagine McKinley standing at the window looking out, while Hayes stands by the fireplace discussing their next move.
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