Landmarks Commission to survey neighborhood

An upcoming historic survey of the Graham neighborhood will be discussed in a public meeting on Thursday. The meeting will be held to inform all interested parties in the steps that will be taken, and give the public an opportunity to ask questions. The meeting will be at the Randolph County Courthouse Annex, 4 Randolph Ave., Elkins at 6 p.m.

The surveyed area will be the Graham neighborhood, which is located in East Elkins behind Kroger. The survey area is roughly bounded by 11th Street and the Tygart Valley River to the South, John Street to the west, and Randolph Avenue to the east and north. Additional properties between this area and downtown may be included in this survey if time allows.

“Surveys of historic properties are a key responsibility of a landmarks commission,” said Logan Smith, of the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission. “The Graham survey will continue our documentation of the community’s historic properties, which includes previous surveys in the Elkins Downtown, Wees Neighborhood, and Davis & Elkins College.”

Robert Whetsell, a local professional historian, will conduct the survey. Whetsell is a native of Elkins and has written numerous articles and books on local and regional history including the 1994 book “Elkins West Virginia: The Metropolis Revisited.” Whetsell will be assisted by volunteers from the Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission.

The survey will include field work to photograph buildings from public streets and describe each property. It will also include research on the history and significance of the neighborhood and individual properties. Neighborhood residents and members of the public are invited to attend the public meeting to hear more about the survey process and ask questions.

The Graham Neighborhood Survey is funded in part by a Survey and Planning grant through the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, State Historic Preservation Office.

The Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission (EHLC) is the municipal commission entrusted by the people of Elkins to support historic properties and their owners. The Commission meets every third Wednesday at the Darden House, 421 Davis Avenue at 6:30. All are welcome.

The commission has created a Preservation Resource Library, at the Darden House, which is stocked with literature and materials concerning historic maintenance and repair. The Library is currently open every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or by appointment. When the Graham neighborhood survey is complete, it will be available for review at the Preservation Resource Library.

Anyone having questions about Elkins historic preservation in general, or the survey specifically, is welcome to contact the commission;;