STAGECOACH STOP STILL
STANDING ON THE MIDLAND TRAIL
The Absolam Bowen Tavern, known also
as the "Six Mile
House" is located on the Charleston side of Little Tyler
Mountain. The tavern was built by Absalom Bowen in
and served as a watering hole for General Henry Wise's Union
troops In 1861. It was a two story house with living quarters
above the tavern. The house was both a tavern and stagecoach stop on
the old Midland Trail. The present owners grew up in the
with a total of 13 people living there.
The house still remains
today, and is in the
process of possibly being preserved.
( Stay tuned for updates )
Showing the size of the logs and
corner fittings used back in 1835
These rocks are probably the same that
Absolam Bowen placed there in 1831
They were used as space fillers, and clay was placed over them to fill
One of the upstairs rooms.
As was common in the day, old newspaper was used as wallpaper filler. This section is from 1933.
Ad from the 1933 Gazette newspaper.
This shows the original painted ceiling beams before the drop ceiling was much later installed.
Look at the width of that log!
Charleston Daily Mail. 1953
years ago I saw the house pretty much as it was originally built. The
owners had removed the old siding and it was down to the logs. Unfortunately
didnt take photos back then. New siding was applied and now
coming off again. I hope to document the complete removal of
siding and get photos before the house is moved or possibly preserved in place. .
area, the Midland Trail follows the route of the historic James River
and Kanawha Turnpike, an early road linking canals in the James River
in Virginia with the navigable portion of the Kanawha River in West
Trail crosses some of the most rugged terrain of the Mountain State.
The trail extends for approximately 100 miles from White
Sulphur Springs in the east to Charleston in the west. The trail is
believed to have been originally carved into the mountains by buffalo
and native peoples. In 1790, George Washington ordered the trail
cleared. The trail came to be traveled by stage coaches and soldiers in
the Civil War.