Blue Ridge Country - May/June 2015 - 46
The Graceland Inn & Conference Center at
Elkins, West Virginia, once a residence
hall, was built as a summer home for a
wealthy senator, Henry Gassaway Davis.
lot of the people who stay here are
current or previous schoolteachers,"
Guests enjoy hot breakfasts -
scrambled eggs, sausage, hash
browns and pancakes - in what was
once the school cafeteria. Still, Arnt
says, "There's not one square inch
of this building that looks the
Restaurant for Recess: Brush up on
the who's who of history with the menu
names at the Secret Sandwich Society
(304-574-4777) in Fayetteville. The
"Fillmore," for one, is quite filling - and
stuffed with fried eggplant, cherry peppers, onions and provolone cheese.
Graceland Inn &
100 Campus DRive, elkins, West viRginia
304-637-1600 | gRaCelanDinn.Com
Back in Elvis PrEslEy's day of the
freewheeling '50s, you can bet a few
rock'n'roll records got cranked high
inside Graceland, a hilltop house in
Elkins, West Virginia. This, then,
was a men's residence hall - until
1971, on the campus of Davis &
Talk about a place to party:
Legend says a Volkswagen was once
parked inside this building!
Now, it's told, Graceland may be
It has hosted such famous Guests as
JImmy carter, BIll clInton and
"It's believed the third floor has
some spirits," says Michael Mihalyo,
the president of Davis & Elkins
College. "We presume they are
This mansion was built in the
1890s. Standing on a hill overlooking this railroad town, Graceland
was originally the summer home of
Henry Gassaway Davis, a U.S. senator who had unsuccessfully tried to
become the vice president of the
United States. Decades later, the
home was sold.
When its era as a men's dorm was
over, Graceland was boarded up. But
it was also vandalized - and looted.
Thankfully, now, it's a cleaned-up and
king-sized castle with such classy
quarters as the Senator's Suite, featuring fine furnishings and plush
Restaurant for Recess: Just outside
of Elkins, sample steak, seafood, pasta
and pork at The Forks (304-637-0932),
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