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E.B. Hawkins House
The Hawkins House holds local significance because it has survived as one of the county’s primary architectural landmarks, and because E.B. Hawkins was elected to important local offices. Hawkins was Sheriff of Fayette County from 1905 to 1906, and built the home while he was serving his term as sheriff. The home remained under his ownership until 1919.
In 1920, Dr. J.E. Coleman, founder of the Fayette Hospital, chose the Hawkins House as a location to fulfill a government contract to provide hospitalization for soldiers who had contracted tuberculosis during World War I. However, Dr. Coleman ran into unexpected opposition from the citizens of Fayetteville when they learned of his plans. Their fear of the spread of tuberculosis from the hospital forced Dr. Coleman to agree to resell the property if a buyer could be found. In July 1920, a concerned group of citizens from Fayetteville purchased the property from Dr. Coleman, and later sold it to coal operator V.S. Veasey, who used the home as a summer residence.
During the late 1920s, the Veasey’s sold the property to local judge, C.W. Dillion. In the late 1930s Judge Dillon’s death caused the house to be put on the market again. The house stood empty for 7 years until it was purchased by William Ballard in 1941. The wife of William Ballard was voted West Virginia’s Mother of the Year in during the 1970s. During this same decade, both Mr. and Mrs. Ballard passed way. The house was then transferred to one of their heirs who lived in the house until 1983. The house stood empty from 1983 until 1988 when the Voslers purchased the property. Today, the home serves as a local bed and breakfast.
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Fayetteville, West Virginia 25840
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