The Hale House was built in 1838 and served as the home to Dr. John P. Hale, who became one of the area's leading salt industrialists. Since the early 1800s and before the Civil War, the area of Malden had been the area's leading producer in salt brine. Anyhow, Dr. Hale was also the mayor of Charleston, and in 1871, was instrumental in bringing the state capitol to Charleston. He also financed the world's first brick paved street, Charleston's Summers Street. The Hale House sits in what is known as “Old Malden” the historic part of the small town. In 1991, the house was restored for use by the Cabin Creek Quilt Co-Op and today it is owned by West Virginia State College University, who host tours of the home. Sometime during its long history, the house is said to have picked up a ghost or two. A spooky twist to the otherwise historic house, a lady was living there with her husband and her husband's uncle, when the husband was mysteriously murdered. The murder was never solved, and the murdered man's restless spirit remains, searching for justice.
Do not let the ghost stories deter you, the Hale House and historic Malden is a wonderful place to visit for a day. You can learn so much about state and national history, as well as get a glimpse at the way things used to be in slavery. If you are traveling to Malden and need a place to kick back and relax, then check out the Holiday Inn. We are just 15 minutes from Malden and are just off the Montrose I-64 exit. Our clean and comfortable hotel is pet friendly, and guests will love swimming in the indoor pool and hot tub facility. There is entertainment every weekend in the Comedy Zone, where some of the nation’s best comedians come in and leave the crowd in stitches. We hope to see you with us. Experience the old town of Malden and all that it holds!
- 15 Minutes from Holiday Inn
- Historic Town
- Other Landmarks Located Close
- Great Place to Visit