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Looking Back

By: M. Lynne Squires the Edgewood Historic District community for as much as $10,000. Each lot had natural gas, electricity, and adequate water pressure. It was billed as the ‘showplace of Charleston’ and didn’t disappoint. With all the lots having trees and many having excellent views of the valley, it was a tranquil place to reside.

One neighborhood in Charleston was once home to two state Senators, the mayor of Charleston, and the state auditor, among other prominent members of the capital city. Holding the distinction of the first planned suburb in town, the Edgewood Historic District was developed at the turn of the 20th century. It was and remains so today, a desirable area to reside. On the west side of town, the site is roughly bordered by Somerset Drive, Greendale Drive, Washington Street, and Stonewall Drive. Before being developed, the area was primarily woodland. With the goal of being a strictly residential community, spacious lots were plotted out. Some of the streets were paved with brick, the streets were tree-lined, with sidewalks installed on both sides of the streets to provide ample area for residents to stroll throughout the neighborhood. Edgewood Drive was the dominant street in the subdivision, with a streetcar rail running along one side. The Edgewood community was the first residential area of Charleston to have streetcar service. A cave beside the streetcar line was converted to a waiting room for passengers, complete with seating and electric lighting. Edgewood offered city residents an alternative to living in the rapidly expanding and congested downtown area. In the early 1900s, you could purchase a large lot in the Edgewood

Email your responses about the Edgewood Historic District, or requests for locations you’d like Looking Back to visit to Squires’ book Looking Back at Charleston is a compilation of 24 essays and color photos from her column and is available on Amazon. Visit 2016

While all the homes built in Edgewood were stately, the architectural styles were eclectic and included Late Victorian, Greek Revival, Bungalow, Craftsman, Tudor, and Spanish Colonial. One was patterned after a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Switzerland. A unifying theme to all the houses was their fine craftsmanship. Intricate woodwork, beveled glass windows, and quarters-sawn oak floor grace the interiors while the exteriors showed off the work of Italian stonemasons and elaborate brickwork. In 1907, the Guthrie House at 849 Edgewood Drive was the first home built in the new subdivision. August Guthrie, vice-president of the Edgewood Land Company, was said to have chosen that plot of land because ‘it was a peaceful and secluded place to bring up his children.’ Although the area was intended to be strictly residential, in 1907, Edgewood Country Club was opened near the top of Edgewood Drive, with a clubhouse, golf course, and tennis courts. The only other commercial concern was the small Edgewood Park, which opened in 1906. The attractions consisted of a penny arcade, a small zoo, a skating rink, and a carousel. One night, following an altercation in which one person was shot and killed, Edgewood Park caught fire and burnt to the ground. Shortly after, in 1912, Luna Park, a massive park in comparison, was built adjacent to the Edgewood district. Today, the Edgewood Historic District retains a feeling of being set apart from the busyness of the downtown areas of Charleston. Now, the Edgewood Historic District’s rural feel has given over to block after block of neighboring residences. But, the quiet neighborhood’s rolling hills, expansive lawns, and the scenic views of Charleston remain the same as the planners intended a century ago. Next month, Looking Back visits Charleston’s iconic Blossom Dairy.

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PERFECT CORNER LOT TO BUILD. Conveniently located to all your South Ridge shopping and Route 119.


OVER 1.5 ACRES OF LAND IN WONDERFUL KANAWHA CITY LOCATION! Just minutes to area hospitals, the interstate, and


LOOKING FOR A QUAINT LOT TO BUILD ON? Located in Seth, WV, this perfect, already level and cleared out river lot, is just what you need.


5 BEAUTIFUL ACRES LOCATED IN THE HEART OF SOUTH HILLS. Located off of Huber Road. Ready to build on

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Joseph Miller, Broker of Record , 1205 Virginia St. East Charleston, WV 25301

One of Charleston’s most beautiful and prestigious homes. Everything in perfection in this custom built classic over looking the capital dome. Private swimming pool with his and her’s locker rooms, bonus kitchen in the basement with the family room, multiple garages all setting on over 3 acres and too many amenities to list

Beautiful 1 owner home in the heart of So Hills. Open floor plan w/ first floor master ensuite. Kitchen updated in 2015 w/ granite counters, 2 sinks, warming drawer, & bar seating. Lower level includes full bar w/ fridge, ice maker, & dishwasher! Covered back porch w/ built in gas grill looking toward a waterfall w/ a fire feature on both sides. Heated driveway to an oversized two car garage finished w/ epoxy flooring & cabinets for storage. Don’t miss this house & all it offers!

Amazing and magnificent describes this large family home in prestigious Foxchase. Top quality construction and finishes from the basement to the top level. Master and an extra guest room on the main floor. This home has smart home technology throughout including video cameras, 18 zone stereo system, sound system. The smart feature allows you to control heating, cooling, lights, music & security system anywhere in the world from your smart phone.

One of Charlestons most majestic homes. This Norman Tudor evokes its grandeur with its architectural detail, yet magnificently designed to be perfect for today’s lifestyles. Extensive landscape provide a personal 3 acre park setting. Endless amenities are realized in this 7,500 sq ft home to include pool house, gazebo overlooking court size gardens, large spectacular carriage house with spacious 3 car garage, executive rental on property. Private road 5 minutes to downtown.

Elegance in the forest best describes this magnificent home located South Hills. This home sits on 17+ private and gated acres with 100+ acres available for pleasure or development. 6 Bedrooms 4.5 Baths. The indoor pool offers year around pleasure in its own detached 2200 sq ft pool house with a kitchen and full bath. Built in 2004, this amazing home is quality throughout with beautiful trim and hardwoods, 10ft main level ceilings and 9ft upper level ceilings.

Glade Springs, the best in Resort Mountain living! This laid back 4,100 ac Resort is 1.7 mi from Mallard Lake, 9 mi from downtown Beckley and 8.1 mi from Raleigh Co. Mem. Airport locally. This prop. is approx. 45 min from Lewisburg & just an hr away from Charleston. This amazing 5000+ Sq. Ft. home is on 2.87 ac of flat land & wooded ground with a lot behind the home that conveys as well. Words just can’t describe this beautiful home located in the Old Farm section of the Resort on Mt. Laurel.

Immaculate custum built home in a country setting, situated on a large 2 acre lot! Exuding quality throughout, this home offers 3 Bedrooms 2.5 Baths, large open rooms, gorgeous hardwood floors and woodwork all through out the home. With it’s huge wrap-around porch, this home boasts spectacular views of the wooded area that surrounds this beautiful home! Need more space? This home has a full unfinished basement which could add an additional 1400+ Sq. Ft. of living space if desired!

Spacious 1 story in Kanawha City. Well-kept home in immaculate condition, this house features an impressive floor plan with 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths on main floor, open living and dining room. Large updated kitchen with newer appliances. Family room off of kitchen with wet bar and built-ins. Rec room and office in lower level. Also includes oversized attached 2 car garage and whole house generator.

Start the New Year out with this very nice Brick Ranch style home on a full, partially finished basement! This home also comes with an additional lot and a large attached carport. With some updating, this could be your perfect home! Call for your private viewing today!

Convenient location and move in ready! 3 bedroom 1.5 bath, mid-entry. House offers large open living/dining w FP. Updated kitchen w/ newer cabinetry. Refinished hardwood floors throughout main. Full finished lower level rec w/ FP Recently painted interior and exterior. Roof and gutters approx 5 years old. Updated furnace and AC.

One story brick in desirable South Hills location. House offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, hardwood floors throughout, fireplace in living room. Full finished lower level. Conveniently located to downtown Charleston and shops at Bridge Road. Incredible view of the city!

Lovely 2 story 3 BR, 2 BA home. Built in 1919, this home exudes character in every room & boasts many updates including Kit. & BA’s. The partial basement is beautifully finished w/ fireplace, shelves for your favorite books, closets for storage & laundry. Outside you’ll find a beautiful deck, split rail fencing, & a driveway leading to the home w/ an extra parking space on the main road. All this surrounded by mature trees & shrubs.

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Janet Amores 304-444-8653 SALESPERSON


1328 Tudor Rd Private and luxurious home on 1.56 acres, nestled right in South Hills! $650,000.

13 Chatwood Rd 7 BR, 4.5 BA. Magnificent Foxchase Estate offering 10+ acres of gorgeous views and privacy! $990,000

1500 Kanawha Blvd E 5BR. 4.5BA. East End Historic Mini-Mansion seconds away from downtown! $775,000

108 Fieldcrest Rd Stunning colonial style home in one of Charleston’s most desirable locations. $619,900



209 Ashby Ave 5BR. 3BA. Elegant 2-story brick home with STUNNING views, located in the South Hills area of Charleston. $375,000

316 Monroe St 2 BR. 1BA. MUST SEE! Gorgeous 2-story home in the convenient City of South Charleston! $99,000

1313 Lee St #103A Gorgeous and completely updated 3-story condo located on the Historical East End of Charleston! $255,000


2511 Lincoln Ave Lot is priced to sell and is located in the convenient City of Saint Albans! $20,000


12 Fox Chase Rd Magnificent home in the prestigious neighborhood of Fox Chase. Featuring Smart Home Technology! $1,350,000

8310 MacCorkle Ave 3BR. 2BA. Lovely 3 bedroom home, walking distance to park and ball field, located in a very convenient area of Charleston, MUST SEE!!! $63,500

5324 Brad Char Heights 3BR. 3.5BA. DEAL OF THE CENTURY! Gorgeous, stunning, and updated home in the convenient Cross Lanes area of Charleston! $300,000


5BR, 3BA, 2HBA. Stunning contemporary home in the desirable South Hills location. Spacious open floor plan with cathedral ceilings. $320,000


53 Lively Rd Gorgeous 3+ Acre lot in the desirable Chestnut Ridge Subdivision. Close to Southridge Shopping Centers and in the G.W. School District. $59,000

1589 Hampton Rd

711 Jefferson St 3BR. 2BA Charming 2-story home located minutes away from Downtown Charleston! $103,000

4515 Richmond Dr 4BR. 3.5BA. Stunning 2-story home with an efficiency apartment including a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and full bath in the City of South Charleston! $215,000

0 Olympus Rd Great location and a recently-cleared lot! Beautiful piece of buildable land, very central, ample opportunity abounds! $19,900

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We’re continually on the hunt for experiences that add richness to our lives. In the spirit of the revival of road trips, we are proud to feature a monthly section featuring destinations within driving distance of Charleston. We feel that our smart and savvy readers will find these trips interesting and entertaining.

Cincinnati, OH

Week By: Melody Pittman

Deep Sea Art mural by JEKS.  Photo by Melody Pittman.

Driving 3 1/2 hours northwest of Charleston brings you to Cincinnati, a popular city on the Ohio River. Often referred to as Cincy, this city of 300,000 is home to loads of colorful street art, two professional sports teams, great restaurants, a beloved zoo, and unique neighborhoods. Here is what to see and do on your visit to this Midwestern city.

Be on the lookout for Big Boy; West Virginians are sure to recognize his smiling face.

WHAT TO SEE & DO IN CINCINNATI You could spend weeks in Cincinnati and never get bored, so a weekend will just wet your whistle. The Cincinnati Zoo is a huge attraction, and the second oldest in the country. Be sure to say hello to Fiona, the world’s most famous and lovable hippo who lives here. Other noteworthy things to see at the zoo are the painted dogs, elephants, meerkats, and the World of Insects exhibit. A second family-friendly attraction is the American Sign Museum, housing dozens of retro neon signs. 16 | FEBRUARY 2021

Cincinnati Museum of Art. Photo by Melody Pittman. Meerkats at the Cincinnati Zoo. Photo by Melody Pittman.

History lovers will appreciate the William Taft National Historic Site, while art lovers may prefer

the incredible Cincinnati Art Museum with a stunning collection of paintings, sculptures, glass, and more. Admission is free. All aboard the pristine red and white Belle of Cincinnati Riverboat

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Photo by Melody Pittman.

You’ll find incredible street murals around Cincinnati, and can even download a self-guided walking tour map to see the exact locations at ArtWorks Cincinnati. If you have time, enjoy a scoop of Graeter’s ice cream downtown as you sit at Fountain Square to enjoy the scenery and people watching. Black Raspberry with shards of chocolate is the best-seller.

Photo by Melody Pittman.

for a buffet-style lunch and scenic river cruising, offering sensational photo-ops of the Cincinnati skyline and the Great American Ballpark, home to the Cincinnati Reds. Don’t miss Cincinnati’s impressive bridges, namely the Covington and Cincinnati bridge designed by John Roebling, and the prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge.

Salsa trio from Nada. Photo by Melody Pittman.


Style, art, and comfort set the award-winning 21C Museum MGallery Hotel Cincinnati apart from many others. Guests and visitors can browse 21C’s art galleries with beautiful pieces spread over two floors of the hotel. If you feel like a splurge, enjoy a 21C Museum Hotel suite with a living/dining room combo, contemporary furnishings, and exceptional city views.

Photo by Melody Pittman.

Cincinnati is home to the Reds baseball and the Bengals football teams. Take in America’s favorite pastime at a Reds’ game or catch the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.


The Findlay Market is a long-time farmer’s market selling meat, produce, seasonal items, and distinctive gifts. It is also Ohio’s oldest. The market has a Biergarten and is surrounded by lovely 19thcentury architecture. It is in the popular Over-theRhine neighborhood.

Cincinnati is chock full of tasty eateries, with one of the most famous being Cincinnati style hot dogs, which can be found at Skyline, Gold Star, or Camp Washington Chili. If you’ve never had Cincinnati chili, it is soup-like and has a sweet taste to it (Mediterranean-spiced). They put it over spaghetti noodles with cheese and onions, or eat it on coney dogs.

A second choice is the iconic Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, a 40,000 square-foot French Art Deco hotel with an indoor pool, a shopping arcade, and state-of-the-art gym.

CINCY: A MAJOR PLAYER IN TRAVEL You’ll find a host of fun things to see and do during your Cincinnati, Ohio, visit. For a city that was a stop on the Underground Railroad, home to the oldest baseball team in the country, and the capital of cornhole, it just keeps getting better and better all the time.

Grab your morning cup of joe from Coffee Emporium in either the Over-the-Rhine or East Hyde Park location. The pastry selection at Cincinnati’s oldest coffee house is mouthwatering and the selection of teas is one of the best. Morelein Lager House is a world-class working beer bar in the heart of Cincinnati. Dive into a huge selection of smoked rotisserie meats, hand-carved sandwiches, or a gorgeous charcuterie board. Sink your teeth into Pork Loin Sliders or a Kentucky Hot Brown from Horse & Barrel Bourbon House, an attractive pub. Or, try gourmet empanadas and a salsa trio with tortilla and plantain chips from Nada, a savvy taco joint with a gorgeous patio.

Photo by Melody Pittman.

21C Museum Hotel. Photo by Melody Pittman.

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