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Property Name Brookside Historic District
Reference Number 13000264
State West Virginia
County Preston
Town Aurora
Street Address George Washington Hwy, n. and s. sides, near Cathedral State Park, Aurora, WV
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 05/08/2013
Areas of Significance ENTERTAINMENT/RECREATION, AGRICULTURE, ARCHITECTURE (Red Horse Tavern and Gaymont only), COMMERCE (Red Horse Tavern and Gaymont only), ART (Red Horse Tavern only), TRANSPORTATION (Red Horse Tavern only), COMMUNICATIONS (Red Horse Tavern only)
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The Brookside Historic District is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A: Entertainment/Recreation for its local significance in the area's leisure history. It is also eligible under Criterion A: Agriculture for its significance in supporting the resort and its visitors. The district's period of significance begins ca. 1885, the construction date of the cottages built by resort founder Wilmer P. Vale, which are the earliest extant contributing sources. The years of 1925-1928 are excluded due to the temporary closure of the resort. The period of significance ends in 1939 when the resort permanently closed.


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