The Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission exists to serve the City of Elkins by providing local leadership, education, governance and advocacy to preserve our historic places and revitalize our community.

Elkins is rich in history. Its beginnings reflect the rapid rise of railroads and extractive industries in West Virginia and the transformation of the area economy from agrarian to industrial. The city’s founders, Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen Benton Elkins, owned those railroads and they brought their wealth and their famous friends to their summer mountain homes here – Graceland and Halliehurst mansions. They also created organizations and services that made Elkins a bustling and prosperous metropolis.
The city grew quickly and attracted many renowned visitors, including Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and other aspiring and sitting presidents. Elkins’ rapid growth in the early 20th century is reflected in the wealth of outstanding architecture created during that time. Sadly, many of the city’s early buildings have been lost. But today, Elkins is experiencing a renewed interest in preserving its heritage and the historic buildings that house its business, industry and residents.
The Elkins Historic Landmarks Commission plays a crucial role in identifying and preserving that heritage. 

Building a culture of preservation for our community.


Architectural Styles in Elkins

Have you ever looked at the buildings in Elkins and wondered just what makes them historic? Look no further! Here you can find some information about the architecture of historic structures in town. In general, Read more…

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EHLC meets in the Darden House, located next to the Elkins City Hall, on the second Tuesday of each month at 4pm. All meetings are open to the public.

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Address: 421 Davis Avenue | Elkins, WV 26241 Phone: 304.637.6501 Email: [email protected]

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