Business Category: History
The Morgantown History Museum is a nonprofit institution and the first city-sponsored museum in the Greater Morgantown area. Its mission is to preserve and promote local and regional history and to make it accessible to the citizens of Morgantown and visitors to the region.
175 Kirk Street
Morgantown, WV 26505
“Amazing Women of History” is not only entertaining, it’s educational. Singer, actor, playwright, and historical portrayer JoAnn Peterson, combines her love of history with acting and teaching experience to bring a truly captivating performance. Her first person portrayals are well researched. Peterson is a presenter with the West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program, has performed in professional regional theater, and has written eight murder mystery plays.
JoAnn Peterson is available to perform for civic and community organizations, churches, libraries, schools, tour groups, conferences, and other gatherings. Contact her at 304-329-6336, 301-268-5116 or [email protected]
Her First Person Portrayals include:
Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, illegitimate and born into poverty became a world renowned opera singer and philanthropist who was lauded by kings and queens.
Mary Lincoln, one of the most tragic and misrepresented 19th Century figures. Mary Lincoln and her story symbolize the pain and loss of Civil War America and is closely intertwined with that of her husband, Abraham Lincoln.
Margaret Tobin Brown, the “Unsinkable Molly Brown”, an extraordinary woman whose compassion and courage captured the world’s attention due to her heroics during the Titanic tragedy. What people know of her is mostly myth and caricature. She was a remarkable woman whose life was greatly embellished posthumously, to create a larger-than-life commercial heroine called “Molly”.
Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Jane Cochrane), a groundbreaking, “stunt” journalist, her undercover feats included feigning insanity to be committed to a lunatic asylum. The grand jury investigation that ensued following her report led to many reforms in the treatment of the mentally ill. The movie “10 Days in a Mad House” being released September 2015 is based on her experience.
“A Mother’s Heart Divided – A Civil War Story with Song”, is the tale of Maisie Twigg, who lives in the hills of the new state of West Virginia. Being anti-slavery, her husband Johnny joins the Union army, leaving their only son, Willie, to help on the farm. When Confederate soldiers come to the farm, foraging for food, Willie, leaves with them, telling his mother that he is fighting for the real Virginia.
Shirley Temple Black (currently researching, character to be ready to premiere in 2016) The talented, dimpled singing and tapping, curly topped little girl won the hearts of America and helped put a smile on faces in the midst of the Great Depression.
125 N. Price Street,
Kingwood, WV 26357
Celebrating and preserving the history of coal and the coal boom era in Monongalia County, representing 13 communities that were put together as coal camps when the boom attracted me to work the mines from 19 countries in Europe, Eastern Europe, Mexico and African Americans from the South.
Features a coal camp gift shop! Open Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or by appointment only.
465 Scott's Run Road
Osage, WV 26543
The 295 acres of meadows and woodland offers four miles of hiking and cross country skiing trails. Take I-79 Exit 155 to US 19 North, then left on WV-7 East. In 11.4 miles turn left into the park. Park trails open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 79 Buckeye Road • Core, WV 26541 • 304-879-4101
79 Buckeye Rd
Core, WV 26541
The 1927 Centenary Bridges are on loan to the Tourism Commission and Town of Rowlesburg from the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. The whole collection has not been on exhibit in one place since 1927 and has never been outside of the B&O Railroad Museum.
Many of these bridges pioneered engineering techniques for bridge construction in America. The exhibit will be on display in the Rowlesburg High School’s Szalagyi Center for the next five years. The Rowlesburg exhibit includes a model of the Cheat River Bridge, which when last seen had been swept down river 500 yards in the flood of 1985.
Also included in the exhibit is a replica of the bridge General W.E. Jones and his Confederate Raiders were sent to attack in Rowlesburg in 1863. The models range in size from four to 17′. The bridge exhibit is open weekends from May to October and during all festival occasions.
42 Poplar St.
Rowlesburg, WV 26425
Three floors of antiques, artifacts, relics and miscellaneous papers. Open June-September, except holiday weekends.
109 E. Washington St.
Terra Alta , WV 26764
The Survey is housed in a converted state park lodge that overlooks Cheat Lake. There is a mini-museum displaying minerals, fossils, casts of T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegasaurous and Allosaurus skulls and a full-sized Edmontosaurus dinosaur mounted on the wall.
1 Mont Chateau Rd.
Morgantown , WV 26508
Open by appointment – Located next to the train track off of Buffalo St.
This museum houses only railroad memorabilia, pictures and trains. A portion of the building is the original building. The Caboose is a B&O Caboose and is restored.
Rowlesburg , WV 26425
THE GREATEST GENERATION WORLD WAR II MUSEUM is a magnificent exhibit worth visiting. You will be surprised by the authentic war time scenes with soldiers, exhibits and many artifacts from both Allied and Axis. Located in the Szilagyi Center (old high school).
Open May through October on Saturday from 11am – 4pm and on Sunday from 1pm – 5pm or by appointment. Groups and tour buses welcome.
Please call or visit the website for admission rates. Located on Route 72, Rowlesburg, WV. 304-329-1240 or 304-454-9232.
Rowlesburg , WV 26425
Built in 1795, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now home to a quaint gift shop. Service League of Morgantown volunteers work to distribute funds back into the Morgantown community.
313 Chestnut St.
Morgantown , WV 26505