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Welcome to the Bowers House, located on High Street, Mannington, which has a rich history in the surrounding West Virginian Appalachians. Started in circa 1868 as a Queen Anne Victorian Home, it was the 'ever-expanding home on High Street' of WV Senator George Walters Bowers and family, owners of the Warwick (USA) China Company, Bowers Pottery Company, Homewood Glass Company (aka the Mannington Glass Company ***),S. George Company, First Exchange Bank, and many more turn of the Century enterprises and real estate throughout West Virginia in addition to serving as president the WV Chapter of the historic Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).  The spacious four-story home features beautifully preserved oak throughout and over a half-dozen decorative fireplaces per floor.  Continuously evolving under the Bowers Stewardship, the Estate had its last major facelift during the then American Avant-garde Arts and Crafts influence of the 30s and 40s.  It continues to be lovingly restored and preserved today as an example of the WV gracious amenities of estate living of yesteryear!

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Mannington visitors may enjoy many (or all) of the activities the rails-to-trails nature trail project suggests, enjoy a picnic at Mannington's superb Swimming Pool, or, feeling lazy and just wanting to relax, may do so on the inviting park grounds, cafes, libraries, and parlors -- fans spinning, good book in hand, and hot or cold beverage at your side.  Watch Buffalo Creek glide by or just sit and meditate.  This is your time to spend doing exactly what a "get away" for you should be.

Take a self guided Historic Homes Walking Tour throughout the City.   In our Historic District, many Victorian Homes are tastefully decorated with antiques and collectibles .   See one of the very few remaining New Deal/WPA Murals funded by the Section of Fine Arts under the U.S. Treasury Department in 1942.  The story of its history of acceptance alone is reason enough to see this rare art in American Cultural Heritage.   Spend a little time in the several town gift shops where you may find that special something you've always "needed". For the antique lover, both memories and treasures can be collected nearby the Bowers House.   For a relaxing 'flatwater' river tour, venture to Morgantown Wharf for some idyllic Monongahelia Water Magic.  Within a tight radius of Mannington you will find the birthplaces of the finest of American Art and Industrial Glass**.   Be sure to scroll to the bottom of each page for additional navigational help listed as 'subpages.'   The majority of links will open a new browser window for your convenience.

Take our Walking Tour of Mannington or venture into nearby Fairmont town.  It is quiet here.  The architecture of the late 1800s and early 1900s beckons for your fullest attention.  Try and envision the Jones Raid of April 1863 happening within minutes from you or the bustling of extensive commerce during the Coal, Oil, and Gas boom era which produced so many wealthy who reinvested in their communities.  John D. Rockefeller built a natural gas pipeline from Mannington to New York City*, which spared the City of oil and coal air polution and provided the seed money for his legendary Standard Oil Company.   Would you be surprised to be within an hour's drive of the only true Palace in North America, America's Taj Mahal, Hare Krishna's Prabhupada's Palace of Gold?   Visit with us, and we will add tales of sand, silica, clay, and roots leading back to the American Revolutionary War of Independance.    All in all, experience that rare pace of life in which people are friendly -- and where people truely do still care.

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Copyright ©2008-2010 Bowers Heritage Trust                    * http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Kt6YwCPlYEMJ:www.city-data.com/forum/west-virginia/120713-free-gas-3.html+%22mannington+wv%22%2B1920's&cd=13&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us    See David Kennedy 7/22/2008  4:09pm
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