James Ellwood Jones House

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James Ellwood Jones House
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Mansion of James Ellwood Jones
James Ellwood Jones House is located in West Virginia
James Ellwood Jones House
James Ellwood Jones House is located in the US
James Ellwood Jones House
Location N of US 52, E of Turkey Gap Branch, Switchback, West Virginia
Coordinates 37°22′17″N 81°22′52″W / 37.37139°N 81.38111°W / 37.37139; -81.38111Coordinates: 37°22′17″N 81°22′52″W / 37.37139°N 81.38111°W / 37.37139; -81.38111
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Architectural style Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
NRHP reference # 92000306[1]
Added to NRHP April 2, 1992

James Ellwood Jones House is a historic home located at Switchback, McDowell County, West Virginia. It is a two-story, frame dwelling with an irregular plan. It features a classically detailed, pedimented porch, and stained glass windows. Also on the property are a contributing swimming pool dated to the 1920s, a detached covered patio, a circular fountain, terraced garden, and greenhouse. It was built for James Ellwood Jones, an influential leader in southern West Virginia's coal mining industry.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[1]


James Ellwood Jones (1874-1932) was born in Trevertown, Pennsylvania. He was the general manager of the Pocahontas Fuel Company [3] which was founded by his father, Jenkin B Jones, the namesake for the coal town of Jenkinjones, West Virginia.[4]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Stacy Sone (January 1992). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: James Ellwood Jones House" (PDF). State of West Virginia, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-08-18. 
  3. ^ Archer, William (2013). Legendary Locals of McDowell County. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 25. ISBN 9781467100366. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Ronald (2008). Welsh Americans, A History of Assimilation in the Coalfields. University of North Carolina Press. pp. 74–75. ISBN 9780807832202.