HISTORIC COAL BARON E.E. WHITE MANSION
|Address:||505 Robinson Street, Glen White, WV 25849|
Randy S. Burdette 304.667.2897, David Sibray 304.575.7390
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Overlooking the village of Glen White, the historic former residence of coal baron E.E. White surveys the valley in which he established one of the state’s most progressive mining concerns. Though the Industrial Revolution has long since passed, the opulence that exemplified the high-water mark of the age remains everywhere apparent in this home. Little expense was spared in its construction. A ballroom, golden-oak woodwork, and a colonnaded portico are among the hallmarks of the residence.
Christened “Maplecrest,” the Colonial Revival landmark sits on a knoll surrounded by towering maples; planted by designers to shade the lawn in summer, they ensure comfort through the warmest months.
Throughout the property, the attributes of gracious living are in evidence—a gazebo, a lattice-work arbor, stone-walled garden terraces. Outdoor-living amenities such as a patio with a hot-tub have been added more recently, as have practical outbuildings such as a barn and kennel.
More than a century after its construction, the residence remains in a state of near-perfect preservation while the village of Glen White has gained recognition as one of the most intact historic coal-mining towns in the state.
Deer and wild turkey roam the hillsides where miners once trudged, and a sixty-acre vineyard sprawls across the heights on Glen View Road. Though it adjoins the suburban Beckley area, the property backs onto the vast forest that extends into Kentucky—a paradise for hikers, bikers, hunters, kayakers, and ATV enthusiasts.
Location is a particular advantage here. Homeowners benefit from rural quiet as well as easy access to nearby Beckley, the commercial center of southern West Virginia, a drive of approximately 15 minutes away. Convenient retail centers are also located at Sophia and MacArthur, a drive of only five and 10 minutes, respectively.
The home provides proximity to outdoor recreation amenities and is fewer than five minutes from a recently completed section of the scenic Coalfields Expressway, which is expected to boost tourism throughout the region. Hiking, biking, hunting, kayaking, and ATV touring are already growing increasingly popular in the area.
Six miles to the southwest, Burning Rock Off-Road Park continues to expand to meet the demand for ATV touring and outdoor recreation. Winterplace ski area and Twin Falls Resort State Park are a drive of only 20 minutes away, and the New River Gorge National River is only 30 minutes away. Excellent rock climbing locations are only minutes away in the New River Gorge area.
The home sits on approximately 5.501 acres on two combined parcels
Early 1900’s southern influence mansion
Excellent event center bed-and-breakfast venue
Many improvements and recent updates
Google Coordinates: 37.731455°(N), -81.283208°(W)
Address: 505 Robinson St., Glen White, WV 25849
Elevation Range: 2149 ft. to 2238 ft. +/-
THE MANSION AND AMENITIES
- Perched on a knoll overlooking the community
- 5.501 Acre country estate
- Outstanding home circa 1910
- Six Tuscan columns across the front of the residence
- Ideally suited for an events center or bed-and-breakfast venue
- Large, covered double-deck front porches
- Entry-level covered front grand porch 16 ft. x 10 ft. with 9 ft. ceiling height
- Second level covered balcony porch 46 ft. x 9 ft., with 7 ft. 8 in. ceiling height
- Elegant entry foyer
- Italian cut stone foundation
- Four bedrooms
- Five baths—three full and two half
- Grand dining room
- Beautiful chandeliers
- Custom window treatments
- Double French door entry with stained glass side panels into the Victorian parlor
- Upstairs ballroom
- Large closets and storage spaces
- Beautiful golden oak staircase
- Amazing golden oak wide width trim and moldings
- Golden oak hardwood flooring
- Great room with vaulted wainscot ceilings
- Large modern kitchen with lots of prep counter and cabinet space
- Recently updated double-unit wall oven, dishwasher
- Five-burner glass cooktop
- Ceramic floors
- Ceiling fans
- Laundry unit on the entry-level
- Outdoor hot tub
- Vintage Italian style light fixtures
- Basement with walkout
- Mature landscaping
- Kennel building with 13 units
- Natural-gas water heater
- Natural gas-fired hot water heat
- Winco PSS8-B natural gas backup generator
- Metal roof
- Laundry unit on the entry-level
NOTE: At the foot of the property stands an elegant bronze and stone Service Roll Monument that lists local men who served in The Great War, World War I.
Home Room Dimensions
Front foyer 9 ft. 3 in. x 4 ft.
Living room 17 ft. 3 in. x 13 ft. 9 in.
Front hallway 9 ft. 3 in. x 24 ft. 9 in.
Parlor/Library 15 ft. 8 in. x 29 ft. 3 in. with 9 ft. 4 in. ceiling height
Dining room 14 ft. 8 in. x 17 ft. 2 in. with 9 ft. 4 in. ceiling height
Dining to kitchen foyer 8 ft. x 8 ft. 5 in.
Full bath 7 ft. 1 in. x 7 ft. 7 in.
Kitchen 14 ft. 2 in. x 16 ft. with 9 ft. 5 in. ceiling height
Great room 19 ft. 4 in. x 19 ft. 1 in. with vaulted ceiling center height 13 ft. 5 in.
Back entrance mudroom 10 ft. 5 in. x 16 ft. 3 in. with 8 ft. 7 in. ceiling height
Laundry room/Servant’s staircase 8 ft. 1 in. x 5 ft.
Golden oak staircase width 3 ft. 4 in.
Center hallway 9 ft. 3 in. x 28 ft. 9 in.
Full bath 8 ft. 1 in. x 9 ft. 3 in.
Bedroom 1 (on left) 17 ft. 3 in. x 13 ft. 5 in. with 8 ft. 4 in. ceiling height
Bedroom 2 (on left, Brad’s) 17 ft. 1 in. x 15 ft. with 8 ft. 4 in. ceiling height
2nd Level living room/study 16 ft. 4 in. x 14 ft. 4 in. with 8 ft. 4 in. ceiling height
2nd Level covered balcony porch 46 ft. x 9 ft. with 7 ft. 8 in. ceiling height
Bedroom 3 in center-right 17 ft. 3 in. x 14 ft. 5 in. with 8 ft. 3 in. ceiling height
Bedroom 4, Master suite 12 ft. 8 in. x 16 ft. 6 in. with 8 ft. 3 in. ceiling height
Master bedroom suite walk-in closet 4 ft. x 12 ft. 9 in.
Master bath with spa tub and double door shower stall 10 ft. 7 in. x 9 ft. 7 in.
Open floor plan13 ft. 3 in. x 43 ft. 8 in. with 9 ft. 6 in. vaulted center height ceiling – Five dormer cubbies 4 ft. 8 in. x 3 ft.
Half bath 4 ft. 7 in. x 6 ft. 5 in
The ballroom includes skylights, natural gas insert, and track lighting.
Miners room with large shower stall, 13 ft. 9 in. x 33 ft.
Storage room A 15 ft. 5 in. x 31 ft.
Storage room B 11 ft. x 15 ft. 8 in.
Furnace room 10 ft. 4 in. x 26 ft. 9 in.
Total Living Space = 5123 sq. ft. from public records
Hot tub 7 ft. x 7 ft, Futura brand, approx. 4 years old
Hot tub open deck area 25 ft. x 21 ft.
Patio 14 ft. 2 in. x 8 ft. 5 in.
Covered back porch 19 ft. 3 in. x 5 ft. 10 in.
80 ft. 5 in. x 19 ft.
OUTBUILDING/SHOP near the home
20 ft. 4 in. 20 ft. 4 in.
25 ft. x 28 ft.
Small building beside the barn 10 ft. x 10 ft.
OUTBUILDING manufactured by Priddy’s
11 ft. 7 in. x 24 ft.
9 ft. x 9 ft.
BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY
The property is being sold by the existing legal description and not by the acre.
Accessed by private gated paved drive accessed from Campbell Street.
Electricity: Mon Power
Natural Gas: Mountaineer Gas
Telephone: Landline is available
Internet: Available by Suddenlink
Cellphone Coverage: Good
Raleigh County employs some zoning and subdivision regulations. All prospective buyers should consult the county government and also the health department for regulations regarding zoning, building codes, and the installation of water wells and septic systems.
PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY
Historic residential home constructed circa 1910
DEED AND TAX INFORMATION
Deed Information: DR 6 Pg. 338, DR 10 Pg. 902, DR 20 Pg. 2130
Raleigh County, West Virginia
Acreage: 5.501 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Raleigh County (41), West Virginia Town District (11)
Tax Map 32A Parcel 17; SUR LOTS 6-7-8 SEC 1 GLEN WHITE; Class 2; 2020 Real Estate Taxes: $979
Tax Map 32A Parcel 19.1; SUR PT LOTS 9-A and 9-B (0.451 AC) GLEN WHITE; Class 3; 2020 Real Estate Taxes: $65
2020 Real Estate Taxes: $1044
The surrounding area offers unlimited soft recreational activities including white water rafting, golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching and rock climbing. Snow skiing at the Winterplace Ski Resort is 20 minutes away. In 45 minutes, you can catch the Amtrak train in Prince or in 80 minutes at the Greenbrier Resort and travel to Chicago or New York City. The Beckley Airport is just 20 minutes away.
Charleston is West Virginia’s state capitol and is an easy one-hour drive. Charleston is West Virginia’s largest city with a population of some 50,000 and a metro area of 225,000. It is the center of government, commerce, culture, and industry. There is a commercial airport with daily flights to most major hubs.
Beckley is a 10-minute drive, has a population of 34,000, and is the county seat of Raleigh County. All amenities are available in Beckley. Beckley is located at the intersection of I-77, I-64 and US 19 so easy access to Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Charleston, and Cincinnati is just around the corner. Beckley is a regional business and shopping hub with three hospitals, a host of national stores including Sam’s Club, Lowes, Rural King, Tractor Supply, JC Penny, Staples, PetSmart, Belk, Walmart, Kroger, Rite Aid, CVS, Harbor Freight, just to name a few. Food chains include, Golden Corral, Cracker Barrel, Outback, Cheddars, Olive Garden, Bob Evans, Shoney’s, McDonald’s, Chic Filet, Texas Roadhouse, Wendy’s, Burger King, Subway, Cook Out, Arby’s, IHOP, Bojangles, Campestre, Dairy Queen, Hardees, Long John Silvers, KFC, Panera Bread and other chains. Hometown and regional dining choices include Tamarack, Rio Grande, Foster’s Main Street Tavern, Kimono Kin Japanese, Young Chow’s, Wasabi Fusion, The Char (famous for its steaks), Calacino’s Pizzeria, Pasquale’s and for generations King Tut Drive is always a favorite.
Hospitals located in Beckley include the VA Hospital, Beckley General and Appalachian Regional. Numerous other clinics and specialists are nearby.
The Raleigh County Airport is a 15-minute drive, nearby Greenbrier Valley Airport in Lewisburg has daily flights featuring Delta. Yeager Airport in Charleston is the largest and busiest service in the area and is about an hour drive on the WV Turnpike I-77.
PARKS AND ATTRACTIONS
The Beckley area has so much to offer in recreational events and parks, Little Beaver State Park, Grandview, The New River Gorge National River, Plum Orchard Lake, Lake Stephens, Twin Falls State Park, The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, Wineries, Tamarack the best of West Virginia artisans, white water rafting, climbing, zip lines, the BSA Summit Bechtel Reserve, historic Thurmond, Winterplace skiing and tubing, plus much more. Beckley has a rails to trails that extends for several miles.
Within the 63,000 acres of New River Gorge National River are over 1,400 established rock climbs. “The New” has become one of the most popular climbing areas in the country. The cliffs at New River Gorge are made up of a very hard sandstone and range from 30 to 120 feet in height. The rock is very featured, and an abundance of crack and face routes are available. Most of the routes in the gorge favor the advanced and expert climber. The majority of routes are 5.9 and harder, and most sport routes fall in the 5.10 – 5.12 range. A guidebook is an essential tool for locating climbs, and local climbing shops can offer information and specific recommendations.
The Beckley area is blessed to have several golf courses including Glade Springs Resort offering multiple courses: Stonehaven, The Cobb Course, Woodhaven. Other local courses include the Black Knight Country Club, Briar Patch, Woodhaven, Grandview Country Club, and others in the nearby area.
Beckley is also the county seat of Raleigh County. The courthouse is in the downtown section, also the new Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse is located downtown.
Hinton, the county seat of Summers County is a 35-minute drive. Hinton, founded in 1871, grew rapidly as the hub of a growing railroad industry serving the New River coal fields, passenger travel and coast to coast freight lines. Today, Hinton serves the growing tourist and technology industries. Situate at the confluence of the New River, Bluestone River and Greenbrier River, adjoining the 2000-acre Bluestone Lake, Hinton is truly a gateway to water recreation. The 80,000-acre New River National River Park, Bluestone State Park, Pipestem State Park Resort and 17,000-acre Bluestone Wildlife Management Area are recreational cornerstones in the area. The new 10,000-acre Boy Scout high adventure camp is a 30-minute drive. Hospital, grocery shopping, pharmacy, hardware/farm supply and dining are available.
Lewisburg is an hour drive and is the county seat of Greenbrier County and home to the WV Osteopathic Medical School (800 students) and the New River Community and Technical College. The area is a strong economic generator with a solid workforce employed in county/state government, tourism, hospitality, education, retail, construction, wood products, mining, and agriculture. The Greenbrier Valley and surrounding area is richly blessed with a wide array of cultural events that keep life in the valley interesting and satisfying. A year-round live theatre, Carnegie Hall (one of four in the USA), fine dining, art galleries and boutiques make up the thriving downtown historic district in Lewisburg.
In 2011, Lewisburg was named Coolest Small Town in America and is just an hour drive to complete shopping, churches, schools, medical-dental facilities, fine dining, and a modern hospital. The airport, with the longest runway in the state is just 40 minutes away and has daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC.
The world renowned 4-Star Greenbrier Resort, home of the PGA tour, is a 90-minute drive. Several other area golf courses are available in the area. Rock climbing, ziplining, horseback riding and the 100 + mile long Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail makes for a very active recreation area.
WINTERPLACE SKI AND RESORT AT GLADE SPRINGS
Winterplace, located in Ghent, West Virginia, offers nine lifts, 27 trails, night skiing and a snowtubing park. There are over 90 acres of skiable terrain for varying ability levels, as well as a summit elevation of 3,600 feet. Beginners can learn to ski or snowboard thanks to a top-notch ski school.
The Resort at Glade Springs is a relaxed resort offering many lodging, dining, and recreational options, including a spa, golf courses & pools.
THE NEW RIVER AND BLUESTONE LAKE
The New River Gorge was a vast and largely unsettled wilderness until the C&O railroad was built on the eastern side of the river in the 1880’s. The railroad opened up the rich coalfields and virgin timber stands of the region. Early “mountaineers” settled the area and soon were carving out mountain farms and raising families.
The property is located in the heart of the recreational mecca area encompassing the New River and 2000-acre Bluestone Lake at Hinton. The New River is the second oldest river in the world, preceded only by the Nile; it is the oldest river in North America. The New River is unique because it begins in Blowing Rock, N.C. and flows north through Virginia into West Virginia. The Nile and Amazon are the only other major rivers that also flow north. Year after year, it produces more citation fish than any other warm water river in WV. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish, hybrid striped bass, and muskie are all common species of fish found in the New River and Bluestone Lake.
Bluestone Lake is 15 minutes’ drive with over 2000 acres at summer pool and is the state’s third largest body of water. Great hunting and fishing opportunities abound at the 17,632-acre Bluestone Wildlife Area adjacent to the park and nearby Camp Creek State Forest.
THE GREENBRIER RIVER
At 162 miles long, the Greenbrier is the longest untamed and unblocked river left in the Eastern United States. It is primarily used for recreational pursuits and well known for its fishing, canoeing, kayaking and floating opportunities. Its upper reaches flow through the Monongahela National Forest, and it is paralleled for 77 miles by the Greenbrier River Trail, a rail trail which runs between the communities of Cass and North Caldwell.
It has always been a valuable water route, with the majority of the important cities in the watershed being established river ports. The river gives the receiving waters of the New River an estimated 30% of its water volume. Over three-fourths of the watershed is an extensive karstic (cavern system), which supports fine trout fishing, cave exploration and recreation. Many important festivals and public events are held along the river throughout the watershed.
The Greenbrier is formed at Durbin in northern Pocahontas County by the confluence of the East Fork Greenbrier River and the West Fork Greenbrier River, both of which are short streams rising at elevations exceeding 3,300 feet and flowing for their entire lengths in northern Pocahontas County. From Durbin the Greenbrier flows generally south-southwest through Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Summers Counties, past several communities including Cass, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson, and Hinton, where it flows into the New River.
Along most of its course, the Greenbrier accommodated the celebrated Indian warpath known as the Seneca Trail (Great Indian Warpath). From the vicinity of present-day White Sulphur Springs, the Trail followed Anthony’s Creek down to the Greenbrier near the present Pocahontas-Greenbrier County line. It then ascended the River to the vicinity of Hillsboro and Droop Mountain and made its way through present Pocahontas County by way of future Marlinton, Indian Draft Run, and Edray.
From Beckley-MacArthur at Interstates 77/64
To reach the Historic E.E. White Coal Baron’s Mansion from Beckley, head southwest on four-lane highway WV-16, also known as Robert C. Byrd Drive. At about three miles, veer right onto the WV-54 off-ramp to Mullens and Twin Falls State Park, and at the end of the ramp bear right onto two-lane highway WV-54. Proceed 2.1 miles to a left turn onto Campbell Street, a single-lane paved avenue. The mansion drive is gated, please do not enter the property without an appointment, guard dogs are on duty.
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