Architecture, Historic Buildings, Historic Sites

Homes, outbuildings, significant structures and landscapes, guidebooks

Alexander, Bill.  2015.  The Biltmore Estate Gardens and Grounds.  Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia.  127 pp.  Pictorial; Asheville, N.C.

Alvarez, Raymond.  2014.  “Fairmont Architect Andrew C. Lyons: Picturesque and Artistic” [b. 1873].  Goldenseal: West Virginia Traditional Life 40, no. 3 (Fall): 16-23.  “He was responsible for designing most of the city’s unique and picturesque buildings” in the early 1900s in this coal-wealthy town.

Bumgardner, Stan.  2016.  “The Culture Center: West Virginia’s ‘Treasure House’.”  Goldenseal: West Virginia Traditional Life 42, no. 2 (Summer): 26-38.  Part of the State Capitol Complex in Charleston and celebrating its 40th anniversary, the the Culture Center houses a museum and archives, a performance theater (home to “Mountain Stage”), the Library Commission, and offices for the Arts and Historic Preservation.

Cass, Michael.  2013.  “Preservationists Work To Save Highlander Folk School.”  USA Today, 14 August.  1,348 words, plus video clip (2:07 min.).  Founded in 1932 by Myles Horton at Monteagle, Tenn.  “The retreat...where civil rights activists such as Rosa Parks learned to confront oppression.”

Constantino, Marcus.  2015.  “Mining through History: Museum Preserves Miners’ Legacy:  Matewan Destination to Keep Stories of Fallen Workers from Being Forgotten” [WV Mine Wars Museum, Matewan, W. Va.; 1919-1922 Mine Wars].  Charleston Daily Mail, 29 April, 1(C).  1,731 words.

Court: Blair Mountain’s Removal from National Register of Historic Places Was Improper.  2016.  West Virginia Record Reports, 21 April.  496 words.

Crider, Beverly.  2013.  Lost Birmingham [Ala.].  Charleston, S.C.: History Press.  142 pp.  Historic buildings and sites.

Erbele, John.  2014.  “A Mountain Retreat: A Tour of the Hardman Farm in Sautee Nacoochee” [White Co., Ga.].  Interview by Jesse Owens.  Foxfire Magazine 48, no. 1-2 (Spring-Summer): 25-43.  History and tour of this historic site, built 1870.

Feather, Carl E.  2014.  “Keeping an Eye on the Wheeling Suspension Bridge.”  Goldenseal: West Virginia Traditional Life 40, no. 4 (Winter): 64-65.  Opened 1849; 1,040 foot span to Wheeling Island on the Ohio River.

Feather, Carl E.  2014.  “Center Point Covered Bridge.”  Goldenseal: West Virginia Traditional Life 40, no. 2 (Summer): 66-67.  Doddridge Co.; historical preservation.

Greear, David.  2014.  “David Greear and Historic Helen” [White Co., Ga.].  Interview by Taylor Mumford.  Foxfire Magazine 48, no. 1-2 (Spring-Summer): 75-80.  Greear is author, with Chris Brooks, of the local history pictorial Helen (Arcadia, 2012).  See also: “A Brief History of Helen, Georgia,” 70-74.  Helen was founded in 1911, fell on hard times during the Depression, and reinvented itself in 1969 with a make-over as an Alpine, Bavarian-themed village to attract tourists.

Hand, Mark.  2015.  “Rednecks Symbolize Solidarity: W. Va. Mine Wars Museum Reclaims Union Identity.”  Portside (blog), 10 August.  1,560 words.  “The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum in Matewan, WV, preserves and interprets artifacts and historical records of the local communities affected by the mine wars [Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912-1913, Matewan Massacre, Miners’ March, and Battle of Blair Mountain, 1921], exploring historical events from multiple perspectives through the lives of ordinary people”.... “a community-driven people’s history museum.”

Johnston, Jimmy.  2014.  “The Johnston Family Homeplace in Nacoochee Valley” [Ga.].  Interview by Ross Lunsford.  Foxfire Magazine 48, no. 1-2 (Spring-Summer): 63-69.  Local history of this Sautee Nacoochee, White County, community near Helen, Ga.
Lumsden, Tom.  2014.  “There’s Gold in Them Hills: The History of a North Georgia Mining Community.”  Interview by Jesse Owens.  Foxfire Magazine 48, no. 1-2 (Spring-Summer): 4-18.  Tour of the museum of local history at the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association in White County, Ga., which includes prehistory, Cherokee, and pioneer-era items.

Martin, Lou.  2015.  “Matewan Looks Forward to Opening of West Virginia Mine Wars Museum” [editorial].  Charleston Gazette, 18 April, 4(A).  748 words.

Martin, Lou.  2016.  “Keeping the History of the Mine Wars Alive in Matewan” [W. Va.].  Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine 31, no. 2 (Winter): 39-41.  Recounts the 1912-1922 West Virginia Mine Wars era culminating in the 1921 miners’ march to Mingo County where they fought thousands of deputies and National Guardsmen at the Battle of Blair Mountain.  In 2013 the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum was opened in the Matewan Historic District to commemorate and preserve the memory of these landmark events in the nation’s labor history.

Meister, Pam.  2015.  “Mountain Heritage Center.”  North Carolina Folklore Journal 62, no. 2 (Summer-Fall): 30-37.  Profile of this museum and cultural center at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C.

Nava, Margaret.  2013.  “Viewing the Universe from Green Bank.”  Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine 28, no. 2 (Winter): 40-41.  Giant radio telescopes (dishes) in remote Green Bank, W. Va., “listen” for radio frequencies in outer space.

Pruitt, Bradley, and Joshua Roland.  2015.  “The Roots of Food Storage: Historical Outbuildings.”  Foxfire Magazine 49, no. 3-4 (Fall-Winter): 75-80.  Overview of root cellars, corn cribs, springhouses, and smokehouses, from an interview with Barry Stiles, curator at Foxfire’s living museum in Mountain City, Ga.

Schuyler, David.  2015.  “‘The Most Critical & the Most Difficult’ Project: Frederick Law Olmsted’s Biltmore” [1888; Asheville, N.C.].  North Carolina Historical Review 92, no. 4: 361-386.

Schwartz, Hamilton.  2014.  “The History of The Stovall House” [Sautee Nacoochee, Ga.].  Interview by Stephanie Jones.  Foxfire Magazine 48, no. 1-2 (Spring-Summer): 44-62.  History of this historic White County property, built in 1837 and supposedly haunted by a former owner’s daughter, Lydia.

Stiver, Harold.  2013.  Covered Bridges of Virginia and West Virginia.  [No location]: H. Stiver.  73 pp.  Guidebook to 25 remaining bridges with directions, photos, and details.

Upton, Dell.  2013.  “Vernacular Architecture (Upland South).”  In Art & Architecture, Vol. 21 of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, ed. J. Bonner and E. Pennington, 197-201.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Warmuth, Debra, and Richard Warmuth.  2013.  Living Monuments: The Courthouses of West Virginia.  Cincinnati: Black Tie Press.  196 pp.

Wilkins, Ann Thomas, and David G. Wilkins.  2014.  Cass Gilbert’s West Virginia State Capitol [1924-1932].  Morgantown: West Virginia University Press.  368 pp.  “...close examination of the design, construction, and execution of this commission,” budgeted in 1921 at $6.5 million.  Profusely illustrated.