Reminisce about the Christmas Bramwell Tour of Homes

Historic Coal Heritage, Coal Baron Mansions, Coal Heritage Interpretive Center. Yearly home tours are given in the spring and at Christmas. Bramwell is located eight miles from Bluefield, WV.

Spring Tour  for of the Historic Bramwell Homes is scheduled for early June yearly. Cost for the Yr.  2023 tours is $20.00.  

Bramwell Spring & Christmas Home Tours:

Tour of Homes normally is the second Saturday in December, starting  at 5:00 pm and closing a 8:00 pm. Tickets can usually be purchased that day at the Bramwell Presbyterian Church for $15. Contact: Betty Goins (304) 248-8381. A costumed interpreter will guide visitors though the historic house on the tour. Reservations are not required for the Christmas Homes Tour and there will be no advance ticket sales.

Bramwell Gov. Mailing Address: Bramwell Town Hall, Bramwell, WV 24715. Reservations are not required. Bramwell is located on US Rt. 52 North approximately 8 minutes from Bluefield, WV.

P.O. Box 1, Bramwell, WV 24715
Description: This day use park has a picnic shelter, outdoor stone fireplaces, and hiking trails including a rugged stone staircase leading 2700 feet above sea level to Pinnacle Rock, offering a panoramic view. Telephone: 304-589-5307

Some of Historic Bramwell's Unique Features For Visitors To See :

Bramwell is well-preserved Historic houses remain beautiful with with the original ornate woodwork, leaded and stained-glass windows, slate, copper and tile roofs, indoor swimming pools, ballrooms, fancy parlors, wide porches, turrets and gables, guest houses, dumbwaiters and even central vacuum-cleaning systems.

The Hewitt House is now operated as The Rivers Bend bed and breakfast. This house was built by Col. John Hewitt, a coal baron and Bramwell's first mayor. The house style is Victorian and it features chestnut wood paneling, tiffany lights and steuben shades. It is located on the corner of Brick Street and South River Street.

The Pack House is located on Brick Street accross the street from the Hewitt House (now a B&B). The Pack house was built by the Hewitt family for the coal company superintendent, J.C. Pack.

The Perry House is located on Bramwell's Brick Street. This home is also a bed and breakfast. The unique winding staircase in the Perry House was used as a kindergarten school for the coal baron’s children.

The Cooper House is located on Bramwell's Main street and features a solid copper roof. It is truly one of Bramwell's most attractive historic houses.

The Historic Bank of Bramwell is located beside the Perry House on the corner of Brick Street and Block Street, accross the street from the famous Bramwell Drug Store. It has reported to have been the richest bank for its size in all of America around the turn of the 20th century.

The Mann House is located on South River Street beside the Hewitt mansion. This historic Bramwell house features unique leather-like fabric on the walls of the study. It also features a beautiful formal living and dining room, and has a conservatory. Across the river by footbridge from his house , Mann built this house-size "playhouse" for his children and their governess. The house today is a private residence.

The Jairus Collins Home is located on South River Street and is sometimes referred to as The Painted Lady. It is now a bed and breakfast. This historic house home features a large crystal chandelier in the dining room and has beautiful stained-glass windows on both the first and second floors.

On Bramwell's Main Street one can visit Bramwell's business area: The Corner Shop, The Blue Moon Gift Shop, Sadie’s Café, A Touch of Glass Victorian Gift Shop and The Ugly Duckling Antique Store .
Refreshments are available in the Hospitality Room, located at the train depot at the North end of Main Street. The rebuilt Train Depot houses the Coal Heritage Interpretive Center and Museum. It features pictures and artifacts of the coal area.

Across the Phebe Goodwill Memorial Bridge toward Coopers is the historic Goodwill House that features a large ballroom on the third floor and this mansion has elevator.

Sitting close to the Goodwill House is the Thomas House. This beautiful English Tudor reflects typical architecture found in the Bramwell's historical homes. This house sits on a knoll overlooking the town of Bramwell. In the same area one will find Senator Baker's house and the Martin House.

Bramwell may be tiny, but it once had more wealth per capita than anywhere else in America. Coal barons lived here by the dozen during the late 1800s. Some of their lavish ways survive today: enormous mansions, imported luxuries, and original streetlamps.

All that splendor is yours to admire during Bramwell’s celebrated Christmas Tour of Homes on Dec.12, 2020. A select number of privately owned mansions will showcase period furniture, antiques, and lots of holiday cheer. You’ll feel like a character from Charles Dickens’ novels! Every featured home will be decorated for Christmas, too.

Here’s what will be on the tour:

1. Jairus Collins House Named after a prominent coal baron, this Vernacular-style mansion features original Tiffany stained-glass windows. The 19-room dwelling also has a sun room and lovely crystal chandelier. Servants slept in the 2-story garage, which has a matching slate roof with diamond-shaped tiles.

2. I.T. Mann House This 3-story mansion is like something from “Clue.” A turret, glass conservatory, leather walls, and a fascinating children’s area— complete with miniature doors and closets— are just some of the standout features. It also has a distinctive patio; the curvy contours mimic the nearby Bluestone River.

3. Hewitt House Completed in 1914, this home was the last of Bramwell’s historic mansions. Interestingly, it was built by Katherine Hewitt, the wife of Bramwell’s first mayor. She chose local bluestone and Indiana white oak panelling for construction materials. Noteworthy details include a gabled pavilion, imported English tile floors, and a skylight over the main staircase.

The Hewitt House also has a 2-story garage, which sports a state-of-the-art Edwardian car wash.

4. Pack House This 3-story mansion dates to 1879 and was once owned by J.C. Pack, a coal superintendent. It has a broad, distinctive porch and overlooks the Bluestone River. Imagine waking up to that scene every day! Inside, oak columns divide the foyer from the living room— an unexpected detail. You’ll also see exquisite period furniture.

5. Episcopal Church Rectory This 1898 building has never been open for the Christmas Tour of Homes— until now. For the first time in 34 years, the newly renovated Episcopal Church Rectory is yours to explore. It’s surprisingly large; the 3-story structure actually dwarfs the church! In the past, visitors would stay for several months. This rectory probably witnessed lots of town business and administration, too.

6. Meyers House This 1892 home was once owned by Vernie Meyers, wife of industrialist I.T. Mann. Period furniture, paintings, and decor spread across 16 rooms, many of which evoke Victorian sentiment.

7. Parsons House The Norfolk and Railway built this mansion in 1904. Perched on a bluff, it boasts incredible views of the town and depot. Now known as the Bramwell Hill Manor, the house is a popular ATV resort. Highlights include a carved wooden mantelpiece, columned patio, and period light fixtures.

Many more historic houses can also be seen on one's tour of Historic Bramwell : Dr. H. V. McNeer's, the Freeman House, Dr. Homer Luttrell's House.