Kingwood in Preston County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
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The home of Charles Clark and Persis Hagans McGrew was built in 1841, with additions in 1869. The building reflects the Federal and Italianate architectural styles and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
James McGrew was instrumental in the formation of the state of West Virginia and served in the first West Virginia Legislature from 1863-1865. He later served two terms in Congress and was the first mayor of Kingwood.
The Preston County Commission purchased the house in 1983, and it is being renovated and protected by the Society for the Preservation of McGrew House.
Erected by Preservation Alliance of West Virginia and the Benedum Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1841.
Location. 39° 28.327′ N, 79° 41.187′ W. Marker is in Kingwood, West Virginia, in Preston County. Marker is on East Main Street (State Highway 7), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 East Main Street, Kingwood WV 26537, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers James C. McGrew (here, next to this marker); Price's Tavern (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preston County Courthouse (about 300 feet away); Preston County Civil War Monument (about 300 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Kingwood (about 400 feet away); The Preston County Bell (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingwood.
Also see . . .
1. James McGrew House - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History website entry (Submitted on August 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. James McGrew's Grave. Find A Grave website entry:
McGrew is buried in the nearby Maplewood Cemetery. (Submitted on August 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 729 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on April 27, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.