Nestled in the heart of Kenova, West Virginia, the iconic Pumpkin House stands as the dazzling jewel of the Ceredo-Kenova AutumnFest.
What began in 1978 as Ric Griffith’s humble tribute to his family, with just five hand-carved pumpkins, has since blossomed into a spectacle of splendor. By 1981, these glowing gourds had already claimed territory on the porch, and soon after, they ascended to the rooftops, transforming the dwelling into a magnificent pumpkin palace.
In 1991, Griffith relocated to a stately abode at 748 Beech Street. This historic residence, once the home of Joseph S. Miller — the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Commissioner under President Grover Cleveland — offered the perfect canvas. Its majestic Queen Anne architecture, accentuated by Eastlake designs, cradled an ever-growing pumpkin exhibition. As the new millennium dawned, the Pumpkin House proudly showcased a staggering 2,000 pumpkins. Today, that count teeters near 3,000, a symbolic tribute, with a pumpkin representing each Kenovan.
Crafting this mesmerizing display is no small feat. Every year, hundreds of dedicated volunteers converge over three weeks, culminating in a grand unveiling on the last weekend of October. And the best part? Reveling in this pumpkin panorama is absolutely free for all.