Col. Tom Davis thought highly of his niece Molly
Buxton, daughter of Col. Upton Buxton, and he built her this
beautiful mansion about 1902.
She married a Methodist minister, W. E. Woolfe, and they lived here on Buxton Terrace.
Fire razed this all wooden structure about 1937. The spectacular staircase, the 20-foot window (shown on the side), the big pillars, the gigantic banister around the top and the 10-foot wide chandeliers of cut glass prisms were all gone.
A new, all-brick mansion was then built, and became the home of Molly's son Bill, a bachelor. Bill, a WWI hero ambulance driver, owned the Mineral County Garage and Mineral County Feed Store.
Molly and the Rev. Woolfe had one other son and two daughters.
The late Louise Carrier married a pharmacist and converted the barn just up the hill from the old mansion into a beautiful home.
Her sister Blanch Pownall lived in Moorefield and brother Willard resided in Harrisonburg VA.
The present Woolfe mansion became the Heritage House, part of the Keyser Presbyterian Church Sunday School facilities in the early 1960's.
Buxton Terrace, in the foreground, has long been State Street.
From Keyser's Centennial Program
WOOLFE MANSION THEN
The photograph above was taken from The Keyser Centennial. The quality is not good, but I felt the picture should be included. I would love to replace this with an original should anyone have one.
WOOLFE MANSION NOW
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