Explore the Charm of Bluefield: A Journey Through Historic Homes

Last updated: June 26, 2024

If you’re looking to dive into the rich history and architectural beauty of Bluefield, WV, we have the perfect adventure for you! The Bluefield Historical Society proudly presents the Bluefield Historical Houses Driving Tour, a captivating journey that brings the past to life through the town’s most cherished historic homes.

A Step Back in Time

Bluefield, often referred to as “Nature’s Air-Conditioned City,” is steeped in history. Its picturesque streets are lined with homes that tell the stories of the town’s vibrant past. From the grandeur of Victorian architecture to the clean lines of Mid-Century Modern, this driving tour offers a unique glimpse into the architectural evolution of our community.

The Bluefield Historical Houses Driving Tour features a curated selection of some of the most significant historical residences in Bluefield. Participants can embark on a journey through time, witnessing the evolution of architectural styles and learning about the notable figures who once called these houses home.

This driving tour features only a sample of the 250 listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the homes were designed by architect Alex B. Mahood (1888-1970).  He was trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he brought back the styles prevalent in Europe at the time. 

Most of the residents of these grand homes were bank presidents, architects, mine operators and owners, contractors, & merchants who shaped the destiny of Bluefield.  They were connected through the West Virginia Cole Realty Corporation in the development of downtown Bluefield and helped our population grow to 19,330 in 1930, greater than its present population.  Bluefield was booming and the Norfolk & Western Railroad line was shipping out coal from the Pocahontas Coal fields, one of the richest coal deposits ever discovered.

The Highlights of the Tour

  • Architectural Diversity: The tour features a wide range of architectural styles, showcasing the craftsmanship and design trends that have shaped Bluefield over the decades.
  • Historical Insights: Each stop on the tour includes detailed descriptions and historical anecdotes, providing a deeper understanding of the people and events that have contributed to Bluefield’s heritage.
  • Self-Guided Flexibility: Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or simply looking for a delightful way to spend the day, the self-guided format allows you to explore at your own pace.

Getting Started

Embarking on the Bluefield Historical Houses Driving Tour is easy and accessible. Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Visit the Bluefield Historical Society: Download the Clip app on your mobile device through the app store, or visit https://theclio.com/tour/2629.
  2. Plan Your Route: The guide includes a map of the tour route, complete with descriptions and historical facts about each featured house. Plan your stops and set off on a journey through time.
  3. Enjoy the Tour: Take your time exploring each site, snapping photos, and soaking in the history. The tour is available year-round and is free of charge.

Share Your Experience

We encourage all participants to share their experiences! Tag your photos with #BluefieldHistoryTour and #visitmercerwv on social media. We’d love to see your favorite historical houses and hear about your journey.

Why Take the Tour?

  • Educational Experience: Gain a deeper appreciation for Bluefield’s history and architecture.
  • Perfect for All Ages: Whether you’re a solo traveler, a family, or a group of friends, the tour offers something for everyone.
  • Support Local Heritage: Your participation helps support the Bluefield Historical Society’s mission to preserve and promote our town’s history.