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Beckley in Raleigh County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Superintendent's House

 
 
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By Charles T. Harrell, June 27, 2015
1. Superintendent's House Marker
Inscription.  
A reflection of Status

Constructed in 1906 in Skelton, WV, the “super’s home” was just that, a three story structure for the mine superintendent to make his home. However, all indications are that Samuel Dixon the mine owner, had it built more as a small mansion, resembling those from the countryside of England where he was born. In fact he named the mining town after this birthplace Skelton, England.

The first floor consists of a formal living room, dining room, kitchen and super’s office. The second floor houses the master bedroom and nursery. Also on the second floor is a reproduction of the company’s doctors office, barbershop and company store post office. Compare this house with the miner’s house and shanty.

Picture caption:
The superintendent’s house of the Cranbury Fuel Company at Skelton.
Photo courtesy of Mary Stevenson, Coal Towns of West Virginia, Vol. II.
 
Location. 37° 47.061′ N, 81° 11.733′ W. Marker is in Beckley, West Virginia, in Raleigh County. Marker can be reached from Ewart Avenue. located on

Superintendent's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 27, 2015
2. Superintendent's House Marker
This three story structure from Skelton, West Virginia was designed in 1906 by Samuel Dixon of the New River Coal Company. It was built for the Superintendent of the mine to make his home. This house was donated to the City of Beckley by Charlie Earehart and opened for tours in 1995.
walking path of the Beckley Exposition Coal Mine. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beckley WV 25801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bachelor’s Shanty (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beckley (approx. 0.6 miles away); Eccles Mine Explosions (approx. 0.6 miles away); Raleigh County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Upper Big Branch Mine Explosion (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Attar Center (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Beckley (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beckley.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Superintendent's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Charles T. Harrell, June 27, 2015
3. Superintendent's House Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 29, 2015, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 29, 2015, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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