History and Photos of the Chapmanville, WV Area
The town of Chapmanville was founded in 1800 and named after Ted Chapman.
The Chapman Home Place by Dawn Michelle
History of the house.. First Chapman home .. remained in the family until 1983-84, when the property was sold to Arby;s then to Hardee’s… During the era of the civil war that came through Chapmanville it was used as a hospital for the confederates. The Chapman family(in which the town is named after) was able to stay on at the house and it was returned to them after the war.. The Chapman cemetery was part of the main yard for many years until the road came through so this is the reason for the division. There were tunnels that lead from the basement to the Guyandotte River for transportation and bringing in the wounded and a escape route.. The tunnels would of been under the cemetery and the Chapmanville Towers.Of course they have closed in over the years. The house was in the shape of a cross ..Even when my father (Jimmie Chapman) was born 1930 the left over surgical equipment of time period was still in the basement and my grandfather (Gerorge S. Chapman) threw away the equipment. As a child we weren’t suppose to go in the basement but of course we did but didn’t stay long due to the creepiness of it. The last generation to live in the house was my grandparents George/Easter Toney Chapman along with his 11 children.. Now I don’t have proof of this but it was told by George that his arm was buried in the yard. He and his brother had been at the barn and came running toward the house and his brother was carrying a gun . His brother fell and the gun went off taking off my grandfather’s arm. He was 6 yrs old by what he said. He and his family lived up on the hill at the lower end of Chapmanville. His grandfather was living in the Chapman home at that time. He told us kids that it was in this yard were his arm was buried .. If so it would of been in the part of the yard where the ramp to 119 in front of the old Exxon station. There was also two well known battles of the war that happened in Chapmanville. The Kanawha troop fought at the top of Chapmanville mountain on Sept. 25, 1861 . The other was at Godby Branch (can’t recall the date not the name of the troop.) A historical member from Charleston came and looked at the house before the sale to see if they would be willing to restore it, however they took all the information they could get to add it to the books but said the house needed a lot of repairs due to the age and they didn’t have the funds.
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*Header photo from the 1952 Centennial Program Booklet, Published by the City of Logan.
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