The Past is Present
Two significant dwellings that stood elsewhere during the Civil War have been relocated to this park for public use: Craik-Patton House.
The Rev. James Craik, son of George Washington's personal secretary, constructed this house in downtown Charleston in 1834. Subsequent owner George S. Patton practiced law in Charleston and helped form the Kanawha Riflemen in 1856. Confederate Col. Patton led the 22nd Virginia infantry with distinction before being mortally wounded in 1864. Gen George S. Patton of World War II fame was his grandson. The house was moved here in 1973.
Ruffner Log Cabin.
Constructed about 1800, the cabin was uncovered when the Joel Ruffner estate at 1536 Kanawha Boulevard was taken down in 1969. Union Gen. Joseph A.J. Lightburn made his headquarters in this cabin during the September 13, 1862, Battle of Charleston. It was reconstructed here in 1976.
Four other antebellum houses stand nearby in their original locations:Cedar Grove
, 1506 Kanawha Blvd, East. Built in 1834, it was once surrounded by stately cedar trees. This farm was the westernmost of three Ruffner family estates along the James River and Kanawha Turnpike during the Civil War. Not open to the public.
, 1310 Kanawha Blvd, East. Built in 1836. A Confederate cannonball damaged the roof during the Battle of Charleston. Visitors may see the projectile during the West Virginia Humanities Council's office hours.
, 800 Orchard St. Built in 1852, Fighting took place in Glenwood's fields as Confederate artillery on Fort Hill harassed the Union forces retreating through the West Side during the Battle of Charleston. Not open to the public.
, 1809 West Washington Street. Built in 1845. Confederated forces under Gen. Henry A. Wise established a camp on the grounds. Please visit this Civil War Trails site for details.Townspeople watched the Battle of Charleston from the site of present-day Spring Hill Cemetery Park. The cemetery contains 24 marked graves of veterans and a plaque for 10 or more soldiers, "known but to God," who died during the Civil War. Visitors welcome. Walking tour brochure at office.