Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

David McKinley

Historic house in Weston also home to public library

The Jonathan M. Bennett House in Weston holds a lot of stories, but its own is not as obvious.

The historic 17-room Victorian mansion houses the Louis Bennett Public Library.

The Bennett family history is a storied one as well, set in locations including Canada and as far away as London, and includes the relatives of famed Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson and current Republican Congressman David McKinley of Wheeling.

The family's history begins with Jonathan McCally Bennett and how he made the fortune that would fund construction of the impressive house. Much of the Bennett family history has been preserved by the late Otis Reed, who wrote two...