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Historical Museum Guide for West Virginia

A directory of Historical Museums in West Virginia, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to West Virginia?  A visit to these West Virginia history museums and historic sites will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of early West Virginia people and the way they lived.

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Barbour County

Barbour County Historical Museum   

[History and Photos

Housed in an old railroad depot, the museum has on exhibit the Philippi Mummies along with many artifacts, Civil War memorabilia, historical documents and photos from the Barbour County area.  Location is 200 N. Main Street in Philippi, WV.

 

Berkeley County

Belle Boyd House Museum

Operated by the Berkeley County Historical Society, the historic childhood home of Belle Boyd (famed Confederate spy) has ten rooms of displays.  Built in 1853, the red brick house is located at 126 E. Race Street in Martinsburg, WV.

General Adam Stephen House

Adam Stephen (a Revolutionary War General and founder of Martinsburg) was the original owner of this historic home which today houses the historical museum.  Built ca 1774-1789, the museum features historical artifacts and items related to the history of Martinsburg.  Located at 309 E. John Street in Martinsburg, WV.

Triple Brick Museum

Built ca 1874 by Philip Showers and known as Tribble House, the historic apartment building is today used as a local history museum.  Located at 313 E. John Street, next to the Adam Stephen House in Martinsburg.

 

Brooke County

Brooke County Museum

Housed in the 1794 Miller's Tavern, the museum is focused on the history of Brooke County from 1797 to present day.  Located next to old Wellsburg Wharf at 600 Main Street in Wellsburg, WV.

 

Cabell County

Jenkins Plantation Museum

This historic plantation home was built in 1835 by Captain William Jenkins and was home to the Confederate Brigadier General Albert Gallatin Jenkins.  It is currently being restored and in the future it will become a living history plantation.  Located 15 miles north of Huntington at 8814 Ohio River Road in Lesage, WV.

Museum of Radio and Technology, The

Considered to be he largest radio museum in the United States, The Museum of Radio and Technology displays about two hundred radios of the 1920s and 1930s along with several hundred more from the 1940s to 1960s.  Some of the more unusual exhibits include:

  • a radio used by William Wrigley (of chewing gum fame) at one of his summer homes.  Mr. Wrigley's radio cost a whopping $895 in 1927!

  • a dress made and worn by country music legend Molly O'Day.

  • a TV camera that was one of two used by RCA at the 1939 World's Fair.

  • 3 radios made in Huntington, WV - two Serenados and a Just-Rite.

  • 2 windup phonographs made in Charleston, WV.

  • the TV camera that turned Arch Moore "green" during his gubernatorial debate with Jay Rockefeller.

  • A rare and beautiful ca1893 Polyphon music box.

  • a display of artwork done here by students when this building was a school.

The Museum of Radio and Technology is located at 1640 Florence Avenue in Huntington, WV.

 

Fayette County Ansted Museum

A collection of Ansted history.  Located at 110 E. Main Street in Ansted, WV.

Antioch Baptist Church Museum

Housed in one of the oldest churches on the Midland Trail.  Located on Rt. 60 in Ansted, WV.

Babcock State Park

[Park History]  [Park Trails Map]  [Photos]

The beautiful state park features the Glade Creek Grist Mill.  The picturesque mill is a fully operable recreation of a grist mill which once stood on Glade Creek.  Known then as Cooper's Mill, it actually stood on the present location of the Babcock State Park's administration building parking lot.  The mill was built using parts from three different mills which once were located in WV.  The largest part of it came from the Stoney Creek Grist Mill in Pocahonta County.  Other parts came from Spring Run Grist Mill in Grant County and the Onego Grist Mill in Pendleton County.  The mill serves as a living monument to over 500 grist mills which once dotted the countryside in West Virginia.  Location and Directions.

Camp Washington-Carver

[Virtual Museum Exhibit]

Originally a 4-H camp for the African American youngsters of West Virginia, the centerpiece of the Camp is an enormous log lodge known as Great Chestnut Lodge.  Today it serves as a mountain arts cultural center and a general camp for various groups.  Located near Babcock State Park in Clifftop, WV.

Fayette County Historical Society and Museum

Housed inside the pre-Civil War home known as "Contentment", the museum is maintained by the Fayette County Historical Society who is dedicated to the preservation and exhibit of Fayette County history.  Included in the museum tour is a historic school house on the grounds.  Located at Rt. 60 Main Street in Ansted, WV.

Fayette County Law Enforcement Museum

Tours by appointment.  Call 304-574-1500.  Located at Maple Avenue & Court Street in Fayetteville, WV.

Page-Vawter House

Originally built in 1890, this elaborate mansion was designed as a home to the president of the Gauley Mountain Coal Company.  Featuring over 15 rooms, the house has a vast amount of beautiful solid wood inside.  The beautiful home with wrap around porches, is privately owned and has been restored.  Contact for a historical tour or to schedule a special event.  304-658-3335.  Located at 20 Page Street in Ansted, WV.

Whipple Company Store & Appalachian Heritage Museum

[History Tours]  [Whipple Company Store History]  [Photos]

Focused on the cultural heritage of coal miners and their families in West Virginia the 1890 Coal Camp Company Store is a historical building where visitors can learn about the history of the WV coal miner and his life.  Guided tours are offered.  Visitors will hear stories, legends and lore which will make the life of the West Virginia coal miner come to life.  Located at 7485 Okey L. Patterson Road in Scarbro, WV.

 

Grant County

Fort Mulligan at Petersburg

Constructed in 1863 by Federal troops during the Civil War, what remains of this impressive fort today is the earthworks.  A walking tour is laid out in their brochure and is worth the visit for the breathtaking views alone.  Located off U.S. Highway 220 at the south end of Petersburg, WV.

 

Greenbrier County

General Lewis Inn and Restaurant

[History]

Situated on the site of an 1862 Civil War battle, the Inn offers getaway rooms and fine dining.  The inn was created from the old 1834 Withrow House in 1929.  Location is 301 E. Washington Street in Lewisburg, WV.

The Greenbrier

The Greenbrier resort has been welcoming visitors since 1778 and is home to the Presidents Cottage Museum (host to 26 United States presidents) is housed in a historic building overlooking the Springhouse at the Greenbrier.  Located at 300 W. Main St. in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

North House Museum

Constructed in 1820, the museum features 200 years of history in the United States.  Location is 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg, WV.

 

Hampshire County Capon Bridge Museum

Located just west of the Capon Bridge Library on Route 50 in the old dentist office of Dr. Gardner, the museum features artifacts and exhibits related to the early history of the Cacapon Valley of WV.

Fort Edwards Foundation of Capon Bridge   [History]

Archaeological digs are being performed at the site of Fort Edwards and the Visitors Center offers visitors some insight into the history of the fort and it's role in the French and Indian War.  A new museum will is in the works for this site.  Located on Coldstream Road in Capon Bridge, WV.

 

Hancock County Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center

Preserving the history and culture of the Weirton, West Virginia area for future generations, the museum holds items and artifacts related to the Weirton Steel Corporation and the town of Weirton and surrounding area.  Located at 3149 Main street in Weirton, WV.

 

Hardy County

Historic Sites in Hardy County at Wickipedia

Lost River State Park

A lovely and historic park situated in the wooded mountains of Hardy County, WV.

321 Park Drive in Mathias, WV.

Lost River Craft Cooperative and Museum

Featuring the artifacts and exhibits of early history of the Lost River Valley, the museum also offers demonstrations from local artisans and their artwork may be purchased.  Located on Highway 259 in Lost River, WV.

McCoy's Grand Theatre and Museum

The former 1927 movie house has been renovated and today is a theater used for community theater productions.  The theater holds a large amount of antiques which are on display throughout the theater's lobby and showroom.  The theater is also available for rental for special events.  Located at 121 North main Street in Moorefield, WV.

 

Harrison County

Clarksburg Historical Walking Tour  (PDF File)

Stealey-Goff-Vance House

Built ca 1807 by Jacob Stealey, a local tanner, the house today is a museum operated by the Harrison County Historical Society.  Located at 121 W. Main Street in Clarksburg, WV.

 

Levi Shinn Log House  [History]

[Shinn Family History]

Constructed in 1778, the log house is operated by the Shinnston Historical Association as a living history museum and tours are offered on Wednesdays.  Located in Shinnston, WV.

Watters Smith Memorial State Park and Living History Museum

 

Jackson County Washington's Western Lands Museum on Facebook

Housed inside Lockhouse #22 in the Power House of the Army Corps of Engineers Ohio River Locks and Dam, the museum features exhibits and historical artifacts related to the history of Ravenswood.  Also on the grounds, visitors will find the 1870 Sayre Log House which is filled with period furnishings.  The museum is located in Lockhouse 22 at Riverfront Park in Ravenswood, WV.

 

Jefferson County

 

 

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Entler Hotel Restoration  [History Timeline]

Built in 1786, the three story brick building is now a museum located on the corner of German and Princess Streets in Shepherdstown, WV.

George Tyler Moore Civil War Center

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park  

[History & Culture]  [Photos]

Step into the past of historic Harpers Ferry.  Visitors will enjoy tours of the historic buildings along with living history presentations.  Begin your visit at the Visitors Center located at 171 Shoreline Drive in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Historic Shepherdstown Museum

Dedicated to the preservation of Jefferson County and Shepherdstown history, the museum features furnished Victorian rooms and displays of local and American Indian artifacts.  Located in the historic Entler Hotel in downtown Shepherdstown, WV.

Jefferson County Museum

The museum features many historic artifacts related to the local history of Charles Town and the surrounding area.  Collections include Civil War relics, uniforms, photographs, antiques, historical documents and other items.  Located at 200 E. Washington Street in Charles Town, WV.

Mecklenburg Tobacco Warehouse   [Riverfront History]

 

Kanawha County

Craik-Patton House on Facebook

Built in 1834 by Reverend James Craik, the Elm Grove house sits on the banks of the Kanawha River.  The house was later owned by Colonel George Smith Patton, the grandfather to the famed WWII General Patton.  Today, visitors may tour the house and grounds and hear about the history of its early inhabitants.  Located adjacent to Daniel Boone Roadside Park in Charleston, WV.

Gorby's Vintage Instrument Museum

[History]

A collection of early musical instruments.  Located at 214 Seventh Avenue in South Charleston, WV.

South Charleston Museum

Housed inside the historic LaBelle Theatre along with the South Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the museum features historical artifacts, documents, early photographs and items related to the cultural heritage of South Charleston and the Kanawha Valley.  Located at 311 D Street in South Charleston, WV.

West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center   [Historic Photos]

Focused on every aspect of West Virginia history, culture, art, paleontology, archaeology and geology from all geographic regions - representing the people, land and industries.  The collection held at the West Virginia State Museum began with the West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society which was organized in the Senate Chamber of the State House in Charleston in 1890.  The museum collection has been preserved and moved numerous times.  Today it is featured in the West Virginia Science and Culture Center.  Located at 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East in Charleston, WV.

 

Lewis County West Virginia Museum of American Glass

Featuring the heritage of glassware in America, the museum offers thousands of glass examples to be viewed.  Located at 230 Main Avenue in downtown Weston, WV.

 

Logan County Chief Logan State Park

[Museum in the Park]

The 4000 acre park features campgrounds, hiking trails, the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater and Museum in the Park.  The museum features exhibits and historical artifacts related to local history and coal mining.  Exhibits include 2 films about the 1972 Buffalo Creek Flood. Located at 376 Little Buffalo Creek Road in Logan, WV.

Hatfield & McCoy Convention & Visitors Bureau 

 

Marion County

High Gate Carriage House

High Gate Carriage House is a historical mansion completed in 1912 and named for it's beautiful iron gates and fences which surround it.  The house is being restored.  Located in Fairmont, WV.

Prickett's Fort State Park   [History]

Originally built in 1774, the Fort has been reconstructed and provides a living history museum taking visitors back in time to experience survival on the dangerous frontier of the late 1700s.  Also on the grounds is the 1859 Job Prickett House.  Located in Palatine, West Virginia.

West Virginia Folk Life Center

The museum is focused on the preservation of the cultural heritage of the region's festivals, performances and publications.  Located at Fairmont State University, 1201 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV.

 

Marshall County

Fostoria Glass Museum at the Anna B. Smith House

Housed inside the historical Anna B. Smith house, the Fostoria Glass Society of America features a museum dedicated to the history of the Fostoria Glass Company.  Located in Moundsville, WV.

 

Mason County

Point Pleasant River Museum

[Historic Point Pleasant Video]

Housed inside thee "Old Nease Building", the museum features artifacts, displays, and demonstrations related to river life and commercial enterprise on the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. Included at the museum are a working pilot house and research library.  Visitors will learn about river industry, river disasters, great floods and river transportation.  Located at 28 Main Street in Point Pleasant, WV.

West Virginia State Farm Living History Museum

This farm museum complex is located just 4 miles north of Point Pleasant, WV off of 62N.  The early pioneer farm life and heritage of West Virginia re being preserved in this 50 acre farm which becomes a living history museum on festival weekends.

 

McDowell County

History In Our Mountains Museum

Visitors will learn about the history of McDowell County and the coal industry which figured so prominently in the county's history.  Located at 8 Wyoming Street in Welch, WV.

 

Mercer County Eastern Regional Coal Archives

[Research Materials in the Archive]

The ERCA is open by appointment only for those who are interested in serious research about the coal industry.  Located on the second floor of the Craft Memorial Library at 600 Commerce Street in Bluefield, WV.

The McNutt House

The historical house was built in 1840 and was purchased by Dr. Robert B. McNutt in 1847 for $200.  It is the only remaining pre-Civil War home in Princeton as the town was burned during the Civil War.  Docent guided tours are offered.  Located at 1522 North Walker Street in Princeton, WV.

Princeton Railroad Museum

The museum is housed inside a replica of the 1909 Princeton Virginian Railway Station.  Visitors will learn about the railroading history through exhibits and railroad artifacts.  Featured, is a collection of over 100 railroad lanterns.  Located at 99 Mercer Street in Princeton, WV.

 

Mineral County

Historic Sites in Mineral County   [History and Photos]

Nancy Hanks Birthplace and Memorial (mother of Abe Lincoln)

 

Monongalia County

Morgantown History Museum

This relatively new museum is focused on the collection and preservation of historical artifacts related to the history of Morgantown, WV and the surrounding area.  Visitors can learn about the industrial history of Morgantown through exhibits about General Woodworking Co., the Morgan Shirt Co., Morgantown Ordnance Works, Seneca Glass Co. and Sterling Faucet Co.   Many artifacts and antiques are on display.  A research library is planned for the future.  Located at 175 Kirk Street in Morgantown, WV.

Royce J and Caroline B. Watts Museum

The primary focus of this museum is on the history of the coal, oil and natural gas industries in West Virginia but also includes related information about surrounding states.  They hold large collections of mining artifacts, historical photographs and mining documents.  Located on the Evansdale Campus of WVU in the Mineral Resources Building, Room 125.

Scott's Run Museum   [Virtual Tour]  [History]

 

Monroe County

Monroe County Historical Society Museum

[Monroe County History]   [Genealogy]

The museum complex includes two log houses, the Owen Neel house dating from early days of pioneer settlement and the Clark-Wiseman house.  The buildings house many historical artifacts related to Monroe County history.  Located at 275 Main Street in Union, WV.

Rehoboth Methodist Church & Museum

[History & Photos]

The log Church was built in 1785 and measured about 12 feet by 29 feet in what is today West Virginia but at that time was Virginia.  The Rehoboth Methodist Church is the oldest surviving church building in West Virginia.  The historic Church building is being protected under a wooden canopy located on 5 acres with an accompanying museum.  The historic Old Rehoboth Cemetery surrounds the Church.  The museum features displays related to the history of Rehoboth and the Methodist Church in West Virginia.  Open seasonally and by appointment.  Located about 2 miles east of Union, WV.

 

Morgan County

Berkeley Springs Castle

[History]  [Weddings]  [Virtual Tour]

Built by Colonel Samuel Taylor Suite between 1885 and 1891, Berkeley Springs Castle was built by about 100 German masons of hand cut silica sandstone.  Privately owned by Andrew Gosline, the castle has been restored and holds period furnishings.  The lovely gardens have been restored as well and provide a beautiful setting for weddings and events.  Tours are no longer offered.  Located at 276 Cacapon Road in Berkley Springs, WV.

Berkeley Springs State Park   [History]

Bathing in the natural warm mineral water which flow through Berkeley Springs State Park has been popular since before the days of George Washington.  The Bathhouse has been renovated and is ready for use.  Located off of US 522 in Berkeley Springs, WV.

Museum of The Berkeley Springs

Housed inside the Roman Bath House, the museum features information about the springs, Native American artifacts, historic bathing wear, and other items related to the history of the area.  Located inside the 1815 Roman Bath House on the second floor in Berkeley Springs State Park.

 

Nicholas County

Carnifex Ferry State Park

[History]  [Park Map]

Site of the Civil War Battle of Carnifex Ferry, the park offers the Patterson House Museum and at special times, live Civil War re-enactments.  Located on Carnifex Ferry Road off WV129 just south of Kesslers Cross Lanes.

 

Ohio County

Independence Hall National Historic Landmark

Known as the "Birthplace of West Virginia", the Wheeling Custom House was built in 1859.  The new state of West Virginia was formed in the third floor courtroom.  Today, the building houses exhibits related to West Virginia statehood.  West Virginia Independence Hall is located at 1528 Market Street in Wheeling, WV.

Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum

[Museum & Schoolhouse History]

Featuring exhibits of toys and trains from every generation, the Toy and Train Museum houses a scale model of downtown Wheeling and the Ohio Valley room where visitors can learn about the heritage of the Ohio Valley.  Housed inside a restored historic schoolhouse built in 1905, the museum is located at 144 Kruger Street in Wheeling, WV.

Oglebay Institute

Oglebay Institute on Facebook

Oglebay Institute was formed in 1930 to provide cultural education and recreational programming in the new Oglebay Park.  Today, the institute features the Mansion Museum, Glass Museum, the Stifel Fine Arts Center, and Towngate Theatre and Cinema and educational programs.  The Victorian Mansion Museum features period antiques and the history of Wheeling from Pioneer times through the Victorian era.  The Glass Museum features over 3000 exhibits of Wheeling glass and china made from 1820-1939.  The largest piece of cut lead glass in the world is on display - The Sweeney Punch Bowl.  Visitors may enjoy glassblowing demonstrations.  Located at 1330 National Road in Wheeling, WV.

Wheeling National Heritage Area

Preserving the history of the Wheeling historic area along the Ohio River where visitors will find Victorian architecture, a waterfront park, historical city markets, shops, interpretive exhibits and Independence Hall where the state of West Virginia was born.  Located in Wheeling, WV.

 

Page County Car and Carriage Caravan Museum

The museum features authentically restored cars, carriages, coaches and costumes dated from 1725 to 1941.  The museum is included with admission to the Luray Caverns.

Luray Caverns

[History]

Luray Caverns were discovered in 1878.  Visitors today can view the inside of the caverns from lighted, paved walkways lead by tour guides.  Located at 101 Cave Hill Road in Luray, VA.

Luray Valley Museum

[Virtual Tour]

The museum features several historical and reconstructed buildings on seven acres to be representative of a small 19th century farming community.  Many of the artifacts are on display in the Stonyman log building where visitors will find historical documents, displays and exhibits chronicling the area from Native peoples to life in the 1920s.  Located at 970 US Hwy 211 W in Luray, VA.

 

Patrick County Patrick County Historical Society Museum and Research Center

[Tour the Museum]

The museum features historic artifacts and antiques related to the history of Patrick County, Virginia.  A small research library is also available and holds family histories, vital records and other documents and books to aid those researching their family history.  Housed inside the Patrick County branch of the Virginia Library at 116 W. Blue Ridge Street in Stuart, VA.

Virginia Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame

Visitors will view motor vehicles such as Anthony Terry's 1935 Ford, Danny Glad's Dodge and one of the Wood Brother's 21 cars.  Located at 212 Wood Brothers Drive in Stuart, VA.

 

Pleasants County Pleasants County Museum

The Pleasants County Museum holds historic documents and photos related to the history of Pleasants County.  Open by appointment only.  Located at 605 Cherry Street in Saint Marys, WV.

 

Pocahontas County

Cass Historical Museum (Need new link)

Features logging artifacts and tools, sawmill equipment, Civil War artifacts, photographs and other historical items related to the history of Cass, West Virginia.  Located inside Cass Scenic Railroad Sate Park in Cass, WV.

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park   [History & Photos]

Ride the scenic train which is driven by the steam locomotives of the past.  Originally used in 1901 to haul lumber to the mill in Cass, WV, these are Shay locomotives and many of the passenger cars are fashioned from old logging flat cars.  Visitors will enjoy beautiful scenery and learn about the rich heritage of this area.  Located in Cass, WV. 

Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park   [Museum]

A Civil War battle site, today it is a park which was built by the CCC and features a small Civil War museum.  Located in the southern Portion of Pocahontas County.

Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Museum (Stulting House) 

[Brief History of the Stulting House]  [Biography of Pearl S. Buck]

This lovely house was built by the Stulting family from Holland and is the birthplace of Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker, later known as Pearl S. Buck.  Visitors will be led on guided tours through period rooms with original furniture and memorabilia of Pearl S. Buck as well as WV crafts.  The Sydenstricker House (birthplace of Pearl Buck's father) has been dismantled and moved to the grounds.  It is currently being used as a cultural center and Sydenstricker Museum where visitors will learn about early farm life of the area.  Located in Hillsboro, WV.

 

Preston County

Americana Museum at Terra Alta (Museum contents were auctioned off and museum closed.)

Exhibits include an old doctor's office, carriage house, country store, a blacksmith shop and historic artifacts related to the history of Terra Alta, WV.

401 Aurora Avenue in Terra Alta, WV.

Aurora Area History Center

A full sized replica of an 1850s General Store and exhibits related to the history of the Union District of Preston County, WV.  Located on U.S. Route 50 in Aurora, WV.

Buckalew Museum  (Need new link)

[Buckalew Family History]

Containing many historical artifacts collected by Mr. L. S. Buckalew including Indian arrowheads, military items, and more, the museum is housed inside the courthouse located at Preston County Commission in Kingwood, WV.

Cathedral State Park

Hemlock trees over 90 feet tall are found in this ancient hemlock forest covering over 130 acres.  Location is on U.S. Route 50 near Aurora, WV.

History House Museum

Operated by the Preston County Historical Society and housed in the former 1892 Terra Alta Bank, the museum features railroad artifacts, old photos, maps, firearms, Indian artifacts, Civil War memorabilia and other items of historical interest for the Terra Alta area.  Located at 109 E. Washington Street in Terra Alta, WV.

New Deal Homestead Museum

The project was created for coal miners and industrial workers by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1934, giving them a chance for a new life.  The museum offers tours with costumed guides of the forge, service station, administration building and the E-15 homestead giving insight into this depression era project.  Located off of Route 92 in Arthurdale, WV.

 

Putnam County Caboose Museum

Hurricane's railroad history is related through historical artifacts and railroad memorabilia in the restored Caboose Museum.  Located in Hurricane, WV.

 

Raleigh County

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine

Visitors will find the restored Rahall Company Store, a visitor center, the coal museum and an underground mine tour.  Other historical buildings on the premises are the coal company house, Pemberton Coal Camp Church and the Helen Coal Camp School.  Lean what it was like to live in a coal mining camp in the days of yesteryear.  Located at 513 Ewart Avenue in Beckley, WV.

Wildwood House Museum

This structure was originally a double log house built in 1836.  Named Wildwood, it was home to the founder of Beckley, General Alfred Beckley.  Over the years it has been added to and even clapboarded over.  It has been restored and is filled with period antiques, many original to the Beckley family.  Pre-arranged tours are available.  Contact Sandi Parker 304-252-3730.  Located at 121 Laurel Terrace in Beckley, WV.

 

Randolph County

Augusta Heritage Center

[Media Gallery]

Focused on the folklife and folkways of West Virginia.  Located at Davis & Elkins College at Hermanson Campus Center, 100 Campus Drive in Elkins, WV.

Helvetia Museum

First log cabin of Swiss settlers in Randolph County.

Contains early settlers artifacts. 
Located in Randolph County Historic Square.

Lemuel Chenoweth Museum

[More info about Lemuel Chenoweth and the Museum]

[Descendants of Lemuel Chenoweth]

Built in 1856, the house has seen Civil War history.  Today, it features a museum filled with Indian and Civil War artifacts along with information about the construction of the 1847 Beverly covered bridge built by Lemuel Chenoweth, a master carpenter.  Located at the corner of Water and Bridge Street on Rich Mountain Road in Beverly, WV.

The Old Mill

A historic water powered mill built ca 1877 is today a working mill museum.  Located on Route 32 in Harman, WV.

Randolph County Museum

Housed inside the 1828 Blackman-Bosworth Store building, the Randolph County Museum is operated by the Randolph County Historical Society and features collections of pioneer artifacts, Civil War relics and other items related to the early history of Randolph County, West Virginia.  Located at Court and Main Street in Beverly, WV.

Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation Visitors Center

The Visitors Center is housed in the historic Bushrod Crawford building (used as McClellan's Headquarters during the Civil War).  Visitors will learn about the Battle of Rich Mountain, the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike Byway and historic sites in Beverly, West Virginia.  Located at 4 Court Street in Beverly, WV. 

 

Ritchie County Old Stone House Museum

Built ca 1810, the Old Stone House is the oldest landmark in Ritchie County.  Originally used as an "Ordinary" for travelers on the Old State Road, it was later used as an Inn for the state coach line to Marietta.  The Inn changed hands and was enlarged through the years.  In 1977, the Ritchie County Historical Society converted it into a museum and it holds historic artifacts and memorabilia from the history of the people of Ritchie County.  Located at 310 West Myles Avenue in Pennsboro, WV.

Pennsboro B & O Depot

The original part of the depot was built in 1883 and the B & O Depot was an integral part of Pennsboro.  Closing in 1974, it stood empty until 1990.  The Ritchie County Historical Society saved the depot and today, it holds railroad artifacts and photos along with other railroad memorabilia.  Located at 104 Collins Avenue in Pennsboro, WV.

 

Roane County Civil War Park

The park is located on the historic site of the Skirmish of Spencer which is part of the Blue and Gray Trail.  Located on U.S. 33 in Spencer, WV.

Heritage Park

Heritage Park feautres a park and community building available for rental for special events and reunions.  A Heritage Museum housed in a restored train depot and a one-room schoolhouse are open during special events and festivals.  Located in downtown Spencer at 116 Court Street in Spencer, WV.

 

Taylor County

Anna Jarvis Birthplace  [About]

This wooden home was built in 1854 by Granville Jarvis.  It is the birthplace of Anna Jarvis (founder of Mother's Day). The house was also used during the Civil War by General George B. McClellan as his headquarters. The home has been restored by Thunder on the Tygart Foundation, Inc. Located four miles south of Grafton, WV on U.S. Route 119/250.

International Mother's Day Shrine    [History]

Related Information: Mother's Day at Wikipedia

 

Tyler County Tyler County Heritage & Historical Society

Housed in the 1908 Tyler County High School building (first county high school in West Virginia), the museum offers 16 rooms of historic artifacts and items related to the history of Tyler County, WV.  Researchers will find a Genealogy Department and an Alumni Room full of historical items from the history of the school.  Located on Dodd Street in Middlebourne, WV.

 

Upshur County

Fiddlers Mill

Fiddlers Mill is a fully operational gristmill, first used in 1821.  Located in Rock Cave, WV.

Latham House

The 1858 historic house is located on Madison Street in Buckhannon, WV.

Upshur County History Center

Housed inside an 1856 historical structure, it is the oldest remaining building on Main Street in Buckhannon, Virginia.  The building saw the horror of the Civil War and was used by the Union as a food commissary.  Today, the building is operated by the Upshur County Historical Society and houses exhibits related to the history of Upshur County.  Located at 81 West Main Street in Buckhannon, VA.

 

Wayne County

Ceredo Historical Society and Ceredo-Kenova Railroad Museum

Operated by the Ceredo Historical Society, the museum is located on Main Street in the space where the old water house once stood.  The museum holds artifacts and early pioneer items related to the history of the Ceredo area along with Railroad memorabilia and a research room with books and publications dealing with the history of Ceredo, the state and our Nation.  Located at 501 Main Street in Ceredo, WV.

 

Wood County Henderson Hall

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The pre-Civil War mansion features original furnishings and historic artifacts.  Available for tours daily.  Located at 517 River Road in Williamstown, WV.

New Era One Room School House

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An 1884 restored one room school is furnished with period furnishings and artifacts.  Located in Mineral Wells, WV.

Oil and Gas Museum

Focused on the history of the oil and gas industry in West Virginia and Ohio.  Located at 119 Third Street in Parkersburg, WV.

 

Wyoming County Wyoming County Historical Museum

Devoted to the preservation, collection, and interpretation of the historic and prehistoric cultural heritage of the Wyoming County region, the museum is newly opened and features many historic artifacts related to the local history of Wyoming County. Collections includes Civil War items, World War I and II uniforms, photographs, antiques, historical documents and other items.  Located at the corner of Cook Parkway and Logan Street in Oceana, WV.

 

 

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