Eighteen miles south of Elkins, in Randolph County, lies the town of Huttonsville. Huttonsville sits in the Tygart Valley, where the historic Route 250–the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike–and route 219 meet.
“The town of Huttonsville was named in honor of the Hutton family. Before the war the village was the educational center of the county. Until the coming of the West Virginia Central railroad, it was the county hamlet with post office, hotel, church, school house and blacksmith shop.” – A History of Randolph County, by A.S. Bosworth.
Situated along two major routes in western Virginia during the Civil War, Huttonsville, which had southern sympathies, was caught between both armies moving up and down the valley during the western Virginia campaigns.
The E.E. Hutton House was built in 1898 and sits on the spot of the original log cabin built by Jonathan Hutton, original settler to the valley. The story behind the beautiful E.E. Hutton House reflects much of the rich history of the valley. Traveling 219 caught up with current owner, Dean Ahren, who was running the house as a bed & breakfast until recently.