On Tuesday, May 15, 1883, in what was probably a small, rural cabin in Helenwood, Tennessee, a young woman named Mary gave birth to a son, Andrew Jackson Harness, who would in turn give life to a legacy in Wheeling.
The Mt. Wood Castle Overlook, located across the street from the Mt. Wood Cemetery in North Park, has long been the subject of a mystery well-loved by many Wheeling natives. Time and again, stories have circulated discussing the tall tales behind the strange structure and the doctor – Andrew Jackson Harness – who built it.