DescriptionIn the early 19th century Dr. John S. Gardner, a Methodist minister, attempted to transform the Valley Head region into a silk-producing center. He planted mulberry trees and imported silkworms, but the valley's unsuitable climate doomed the project to failure.
Gardner's home, Winston House, served as headquarters in 1863 for Union colonel Jefferson C. Davis from Kentucky, a cousin of the Confederate president. Local legend recalls a faux pas made by an old-timer who stumbled on the Union encampment. Upon hearing that the commander was Jeff Davis, the befuddled man cornered the colonel and asked, “Which pays you the most? Colonelin' the Bluecoats or Presidentin' the Confederates?” The home is now a bed and breakfast inn.