The Nash House

Location: Five miles east of Wise on the Guests Mountain Road.

Date: About 1850.

Owner: Present owner Mrs. Trigg Nash.

Description: Hewn logs. 18 x 20. Window in south and east sides. Ordinary 12 light windows. One door in south side facing road. Not ceiled or weatherboarded. Joists of whipsawed lumber. Roof of clapboards.
Original roof still in use.

History: In 1835, Rev. Reuben Steele came from the Pattonsville section of Scott County and settled here. His wife died in 1837 and is buried here, the first grave to be made on Guests Mountain, except the two graves just south of the Nash house, which has been described in another article.
     Steele sold this land to William Nash, about 1838, who gave it to his son Wickliff Nash who settled on it. It has been in the family since that time, Wickliff leaving it to his son Trigg, who died in 1936, leaving it to his widow. The house was built about 1850, by Wickliff Nash.

Sources of Information: Taylor Nash, Mrs. Trigg Nash and William Collins.

Nash Place
Reuben Steele Settlement

Location: On the north side of road leading from Wise to Coeburn over Guest Mountain and about one mile east of the Mountain View School house.

Date: 1830 or before.

Owners: Reuben Steele lived here long before the County was organized and sold to William Nash, of Nash's Mill in Scott County before the organization of Wise County. William Nash gave the place to his son Wickliff H. Nash and it is still in possession of W. H. Nash's heirs.

Description: The Reuben Steele house was a one room, hewn log house with a kitchen built to the back. The house faced south and toward the old Pound Gap Road. Clapboard roof, puncheon floors and a stone chimney at the east end. This house was torn down soon after the Civil War. The present house was built
there around the seventies. It is a good example of the early architecture in the mountain counties. Four room log, weatherboarded, with a shingle roof. Some large and very fine trees still stand on the lawn at the front of this house. The site of the original house can be located by the old chimney rocks just back of the
present house.

Historical Significance: In the early part of the Civil War a man stood in the front door of this place while a severe electric storm was brewing and was killed by lightning. This place was located on an animal trail between the Stone Mountain and the Cumberlands in Dickenson County and in the early days when animals
were plentiful they would pass by this place in great numbers and many were the panther screams and growls of the grizzly heard by the first settlers of this place. A strip of land and a creek heading up near this place still bear the name of Steel's Fork, in honor of the first settler here. 
    Kennedy Tipton lived at this place during the early part of the Civil War. He was only a renter and was not very well liked by the people. He was considered a thief. Audley maxwell lived here as a renter at the latter part of the war.
     Reuben Steele was perhaps the first Methodist preacher in the present bounds of Wise County. He was a sort of Billy Sunday Evangelist. He settled at the foregoing described place about 1830. He was born in Wythe County, VA, September 29, 1802, died August 20, 1876. When a young child his father moved to Whitley Co., KY and there he grew to manhood. After grown he returned to Virginia and spent his life in Russell, Lee, Wise and Scott Counties. 
     His conversion grew out of a promise to his dying father that he would meet him in Heaven. He was first given license to preach as Methodist in 1836. His first Ministerial work was done along the Kentucky border in 1837. He formed a number of societies that he later formed into a mission, that was
served by him in 1838, under direction of Thomas K. Catlett, presiding Elder. In 1839 he traveled the Clinch River Mission. Made a Junior Preacher in 1840, in Greenville Circuit under G. F. Payne. Admitted into Holston Conference in 1841. After Circuit Riding for three years he located, the condition of his family
being so that he couldn't get far away. Ordained a Deacon in Knoxville, TN, October 9, 1842 by Bishop Waugh. During this time he was instrumental in the conversion of 7000 souls and 8000 accessions to the
church. He was Chaplain of the 64th Regiment during the Civil War. His funeral was preached by Rev. John Boring in 1876. His first wife died at the old place on Coeburn Mountain in 1837; and left five children. He married the second time September 9, 1841 to Elizabeth, a daughter of Rev. Isaac and Sarah
Forkner and to this union was born ten children. Five children were born to the first union. His first wife was Nancy Elizabeth Newberry, a daughter of Samuel and Eunice Powers Newberry. They were married June 7, 1827. 

Source of Information: James T. Adams, C. A. Johnson, J. E. Lipps, Court Records and History of Scott County.


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