The oldest building in Elizabeth and likely one of the oldest buildings along the Little Kanawha River, will be open for tours on Pioneer Days.
The Little Kanawha Hotel is one of the regions most historical structures, representing river life of days gone by.
The three story log building was
built in 1800 by Manlove Beauchamp for his cabin. In 1870 P. H. Dailey covered
it with clapboard siding, divided it into rooms and remodeled it into a hotel
and center of commerce for Wirt County.
From 1875-1883, the Kanawha Hotel was
owned and operated by Mary Jane Bee, Winnie Murray’s great grandmother. Mary
Jane Bee was the wife of Josiah Bee, a Confederate Soldier that is buried in
Winnie, now passed, said “I love to tell the story of the Little Kanawha Hotel and how it
was a divided house (union and confederate) that now stands proud.
West Virginia gave Lincoln what was needed in stopping the South from leaving
the Union and kept the United States together,” she said.
Anyone with an interest in
history should visit the hotel, listen to the story of the divided
house, and enjoy one of the remaining historical buildings in Wirt County.
hotel is located behind the Court House in Elizabeth, WV.