How one couple found magic in the Town of Bramwell
Michelle and Steve Cook took Bramwell’s Historic Home Tour featuring the famous Victorian Millionaire’s Row in 2014 and immediately fell in love. Not with each other—that had already happened years ago—but with the Myers House, located on historic brick Main Street. Michelle knew right then that she was ready to move.
“It was love at first sight during a Christmas tour of Bramwell,” according to Michelle. “We knew we wanted to restore the house back to what it was. I would have moved that night! Something magical took over, and we have loved it ever since.”
Thus began a labor of love to restore 212 Main Street to its original glory. The house had originally been a guest house in the early 1900’s that hosted people mainly in the banking industry visiting Bramwell. The Pocahontas coalfields were rich with coal in those days and several coal barons built lavish mansions in Bramwell. The town was a hub of wealth, with more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the country.
Following their careful restoration and update, Michelle and Steve opened their doors in 2017 as The Guest House of Bramwell: Since 1878. Today, the house caters to families, groups, and ATV enthusiasts.
“The majority of our guests are here to enjoy the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, but we also get folks coming for family reunions or just to relax and enjoy the scenic mountain beauty,” says Michelle. “People fall in love with the story of the house and come back again and again.”
A growing activity in the area is kayaking on the Bluestone River. Michelle and Steve saw an increase in kayakers last year and anticipate even more this year with the addition of new launch points on the river. “It is so beautiful to look out and see the colorful kayaks floating down the river,” Michelle says.
The four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home is perfect for groups of up to 15, and Steve and Michelle take care of every detail—from parking your equipment to preparing special meals just for your group. Be sure to request the cinnamon rolls in the morning. These sweet delicacies alone are worth the trip!
Michelle was a nurse for 30 years and knows how to make people feel comfortable. However, she will tell you Steve is the people person of their team. “He loves to tell the story and is fantastic with people. He loves for them to be here.” The Cooks recently purchased an additional piece of property to handle parking overflow to accommodate guests and their equipment.
Michelle and Steve are committed to the long-term success of Bramwell as a tourism destination. They help promote theater productions and are involved in the launch of walking tours in 2019. They recently purchased another home just a couple doors down the street that they will restore. They are in the process of determining what folks would like to see added to the community. So stay tuned!
The Guest House of Bramwell is only minutes from the Hatfield McCoy trailhead and Pinnacle Rock State Park and just half a block from the Corner Shop. Step back in time and fall in love with the rich history of Bramwell with Steve and Michelle.
The next historic walking tour of Bramwell takes place on June 8th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. and the holiday tour will be December 14th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Bramwell Presbyterian Church (on the day of the event) for $15.00 each or online at Eventbrite.
Walking tour brochures are available through the Mercer County CVB.
This post was last updated on May 22, 2019