Halliehurst & Graceland Tour
100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV 26241
The Davis & Elkins College campus includes five national register historic landmarks, four of which also comprise a National Historic District. If you call ahead, you can arrange a self-guided walking tour through both Graceland Mansion and Halliehurst.
Graceland: Completed in 1893, Graceland is a stone mansion that, along with a 360-acre estate, served as the summer home of Senator Henry Gassaway Davis. Enjoyed by two generations of the Davis family, the mansion was acquired in 1941 by the West Virginia Presbyterian Educational Fund, and, in 1945, the building and immediate grounds were presented to Davis & Elkins College. Until 1970 it was used for student housing. It has been completely restored and is now operating as an inn.
Halliehurst: Designed by New York architect Charles T. Mott, Halliehurst was built in 1890 for U.S. Senator Stephen Benton Elkins, a lawyer, businessman, and politician. Its size and elaborate detailing directly reflect Elkins’ wealth and influence, as does its location in the town that grew up because of the business enterprises of Elkins and his father-in-law, Sen. Henry Gassaway Davis. Today, it houses the Office of the President, Development Office and Office of Admission. The first floor is used for special events, including weddings and other private events arranged through D&E Hospitality Services.
Additional National Historic Landmarks:
- Albert and Liberal Arts Halls
- The Icehouse