Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

A rustic copy of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre was constructed adjacent to a historic inn along Elkhorn Creek in McDowell County, West Virginia.






The Empire Coal & Coke Company constructed a miner’s clubhouse along Elkhorn Creek in Landgraff in 1922, replacing two earlier wooden structures that had burned down. 4 The clubhouse was a rooming house for coal miner’s families by the 1940s, and it served as the office and residence of a mining company supervisor and family by the mid-1950s. The building served as the offices of Hawley Coal by the 1960s, and then for Data Services by the 1980s.

In the fall of 2002, an enterprising pair purchased a dilapidated clubhouse and adjoining lots to rehabilitate the building for use as a boutique hotel with a restaurant 2 while an adjoining theater, patterned after Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, would be renovated for concerts, reunions, fundraisers, and receptions. 3 In October, not long after the pair’s purchase of the property, the West Virginia Division of Highways dropped several tons of boulders next to the building in an attempt to stabilize a roadway. 1 The placement of the boulders damaged the theater’s foundation and stairs. A disagreement over who would pay for the theater’s repairs delayed its reopening until July 2005 when it hosted a wedding and reception. 3






Further Reading


Sources

  1. The Elkhorn Theatre is Open!” Elkhorn Inn.
  2. Please help us fix the Theatre!” Elkhorn Inn.
  3. The Elkhorn Theatre is Open!Elkhorn Inn.
  4. History.” Elkhorn Inn & Theatre, 2021.

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