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Pumpkin House

The centerpiece of the annual Ceredo-Kenova AutumnFest in Kenova, West Virginia is the famous Pumpkin House.

The Pumpkin House began rather modestly in 1978 by Ric Griffith with a display of five hand-carved pumpkins, one for each member of his family. By 1981, the pumpkins began filling the porch—and later, the roofs of the porches and house.

In 1991, Griffith moved to a historic residence at 748 Beech Street. Once owned by Joseph S. Miller, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner during the President Grover Cleveland administration, the towering Queen Anne-style house with Eastlake decorative elements set the stage for a much larger display. By the dawn of the new millennia, the Pumpkin House boasted 2,000 pumpkins—and today, that number is near 3,000 pumpkins, one for each Kenovan.

The annual display takes three weeks and hundreds of volunteers to assemble. The event generally takes place on the last weekend of October and has no admission.

Things To Do

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Visit the Pumpkin House Visit the infamous Pumpkin House and see all 3,000 pumpkins during the last week of October!
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Take Part in the Annual C-K AutumnFest Take part in the annual C-K AutumnFest, which includes the Pumpkin House as the main attraction, an old fashioned bake-off, an arts and crafts show, a cruise-in, and tractor show.
Pumpkin House

History

Built in 1891, the Queen Anne-style residence at 748 Beech Street was constructed by Joseph Samuels Miller. Born in 1848, Miller was one of seven children born to William and Eliza Miller of Barboursville. Miller became an attorney, Clerk of the State Senate, and was elected to two terms as State Auditor between 1877 and 1885. President Grover Cleveland appointed Miller to the post of U.S. Internal Revenue Commissioner and served in both of Cleveland’s split terms between 1885 and 1889 and 1893 and 1897. Miller and Cleveland were also close friends and often fished together in the mountains of West Virginia.

The Miller House was later home to State Senator Robert Plymale, and two Kenova Mayors, and Walter Ferrell and Ric Griffith. In 1991, Griffith purchased the opulent residence and moved his displays of pumpkins there, christening it as the “Pumpkin House.”

Resources

Official Website

Official Website

748 Beech Street, Kenova, West Virginia

From Interstate 64 and US Route 52, follow WV Route 75 north for .7 miles. Turn right onto US Route 60 (Oak Street) and then turn left at the third cross street onto 12th Street. Turn right onto Beech Street and the destination will be on the right.

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