Bramwell's Historic McNeer House

June 2008

Two views of the Historic Bramwell McNeer House.


BRAMWELL'S OLDEST HOUSE: According to relialble present sources the H.V. McNeer house is the oldest home in Bramwell.  He bought it from the Bluestone Land Corp in 1889 for $1400.00, when lots were only selling for $300.00.  The McGuffin home was not built in 1885 as previously reported. The center lot was not accuired until November 1887 for $300.00.  It is doubted that the home was completed until 1890. The written source is the mercer county court records. Thus, these recently noted court records show that the Historic Dr. R.M. McGuffin House was incorrectly reported to be the oldest frame house in Bramwell. Some less reliable writings have reported it to be the oldest house on Bramwell.s Main Street. This house boasted the first indoor plumbing in town and had a free standing shower. It even had a windmill to help supply water, and there was a speaking tube from the front door to the bedroom.

 Dr. McNeer's house is the oldest house in the town of Bramwell. On January 30, 1899 he sold the house to his daughter for $1.00. She sold it to Dr. Tanner on July 3, 1920. Dr. Tanner sold it to Dr. Little on Nov 15, 1924. Dr. Little sold it to William Joe Miller's Grandmother, Bess Miller on March 9, 1946. Thus, three different Bramwell doctors once owned the H. V. McNeer house that Joe Miller's family lived in 1920. (Information from Joe Miller of Bramwell. Joe lived in the Historic McNeer House20

A newspaper Article: April 17, 1908 - Dr. R.M. MCGUFFIN, a prominent physician of Bramwell, and the coal fields, was seriously injured last Sunday by Dudley WILLIAMS, at Glen Alum, in West Virginia. WILLIAMS struck Dr. McGUFFIN on the head with a pistol, inflicting a wound which was thought to be fatal. He is now in Welch hospital. The trouble is said to have occurred on account of a letter written to some young ladies of Mr. Williams household. Williams was fined and released by the magistrate.

Note: During the late 1800s Dr. R. M. McGuffin was also a surgeon for the N&W Railroad Co. He was born in 1847 and died in 1910.

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