Historic James Ellwood Jones House
This magnificant James Ellwood Jones historic house is located at Switchback, McDowell County, West Virginia. This circa 1890's mansion was designed and built for coal baron James Ellwood Jones, son of coal baron Jenkin Jones. It is a two story, frame dwelling with an irregular plan. This palatial estate features over 20 rooms. It is located on a very private and serene mountaintop on Powerhouse Hill Road. It features a classically detailed, pedimented porch, and stained glass windows. On the property are a contributing swimming pool dated to the 1920s, a detached covered patio, a circular fountain, terraced garden, and greenhouse. The trees that he imported from Europe are still flourishing and the fish in the pond are still swimming.
James Ellwood Jones (1874-1932) was born in Trevertown, Pennsylvania. He was the general manager of the Pocahontas Fuel Company which was founded by his father, Jenkin B. Jones, the namesake for the coal town of Jenkinjones, West Virginia
James Ellwood Jones, was an influential leader in southern West Virginia's coal mining industry. His house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
With the designation of this property as a National Historical Site, Colonel James Ellwood Jones's mansion continues to welcome guests and shines as a beacon of times past when "coal was king."This histroic mansion of a coal baron can be viewd at ME AND MR. JONES B&B under "photos". This house is now a magnificant Bed and Breakfast is located in Switchback, WV on RT. 52 near the Town of Bramwell. This is a southern premier Bed and Breakfast and ATV host.
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