HISTORY IN MORGANTOWN, WV
Greater Morgantown is rich with national and local history! With attractions such as the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, West Virginia University Mountaineer Week, a walking audio tour of Downtown Morgantown and Arthurdale New Deal community, you’ll gain a better understanding of how the area became what it is today. Many memorials and landmarks are free and open to the public during business hours.
“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 […]
Revisit the 1930s in Arthurdale, WV. Established in 1933, by the United States government, Arthurdale is the nation’s first New Deal Homestead Community. Created through President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation, the community provided a new chance at life for residents who were suffering from the Great Depression. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt served as the […]
The census of 1860 shows that David Ridenour, a tailor, had arrived from Pennsylvania with his wife, Sarah, and their family. He built the white frame store, still standing, in Aurora. He was postmaster at the store from 1875-1893. His son, Eugenis Oliver, inherited the store in 1891. He was postmaster from 1897-1906. In 1907 […]
Created to preserve the fast-disappearing implements and elements of pharmacy practice that had been in existence since West Virginia became a state in 1863, the Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy houses a unique collection of 18th and 19th century pharmacy memorabilia. Tours available by appointment: http://pharmacy.hsc.wvu.edu/about-the-sop/cook-hayman-pharmacy-museum/schedule-a-tour/
The West Virginia restaurant that’s one of the most unique restaurants in America-Open year round as a restaurant, general store and gift shop. The restaurant serves Buckwheat cakes all day long with the famous foot long hotdogs. The park includes an antique farm and railroad equipment, little train playground, fresh produce and fresh flowers for sale, […]
The last covered bridge standing in Monongalia County was erected in 1889 by order of Monongalia County Court; the stone abutments and wood framework construction costs totaled $448! The bridge is 40-feet long, 13-feet wide, and utilizes the Kingpost truss design. Located on US 19, at junction with County Route 43, west of Laurel Point. For […]
Revisit the 1930s of Eleanor”s Little Village, Arthurdale ~ The Nation’s first New Deal Homestead community championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. A 5 building Museum is now open year round and there is also a Appalachian craft store and a Co-Op store on the grounds. From May to October the Craft Shop is open […]
One of the most significant historical landmarks in West Virginia. Located near Blackwater Falls State Park, the stone marked the western boundary of land granted to Lord Fairfax by the King of England in the 1700’s. Almost two centuries later, the stone was used as the determining factor in the state boundary between West Virginia […]
A three-story diverse collection of antiques, memorabilia and photographs pertaining to the entire county. Located in the former Terra Alta Bank. Home to the Preston County Historical Society. Open Sunday afternoons June through September or by special appointment.
A 27-foot wide memorial featuring bronze statues of JFK and John Jr., three tall granite pillars and a granite bench as you walk near the riverfront on the Rail Trail in Star City.
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 […]
“Where Men Are Free” Mason-Dixon Line symbolizes a cultural boundary between the North and South (Dixie). 119S Pa./W.Va. state line
Historic home of one of Preston County’s most influential citizens. Listed on National Register of Historic Places. Annual and regularly scheduled events as well as available for parties, reunions, showers and receptions.
Old Hemlock was the home of George Bird and Kathryn Harris Evans. Mr. Evans was a noted artist, author, outdoorsman and dog breeder while Mrs. Evans co-authored and edited books. Old Hemlock contains virgin hemlock trees and is to be maintained in its natural state as a nature and wildlife preserve. The house located on […]
Open Wed-Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m., closed Mon-Tue. Please email us to schedule special times and dates.
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.
Reflect from one of the six pews inside true smallest church in 48 states.
Three floors of antiques, artifacts, relics and miscellaneous papers. Open June-September, except holiday weekends.
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.
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 […]
Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum – dedicated to the Mining and Petroleum Industries features a wide collection of mining paraphernalia. Items represent different eras in mining and oil/gas drilling, and features a wide array of coal mining artifacts, books, scrip, photographs, etc. Free admission. Located in the Mineral Resources Building – Evansdale Campus […]
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 […]
Brick-lined walls and worn wooden floors greet visitors as they wind their way through the assortment of privately owned specialty shops. Much of the character of the building has been richly retained, intermingling classic yet distinctive merchandise with warm hospitality. Constructed in 1898, the center boasts authentic glass manufacturing tools and murals of the glass […]
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 […]
Located along Rt. 26 in Albright, West Virginia, the Virginia Iron Furnace is a structure still standing where visitor’s can stop to experience a piece of WV History. The historic water-powered blast furnace that pre-dates the Civil War was built in 1854 and was used as a charcoal iron furnace used to smelt iron. The […]
The West Virginia Botanic Garden is the former Tibbs Run Reservoir, which supplied water to the Morgantown area from 1912 to 1969. Some remnants of the old structures are still visible on the property. These structures can be seen from the Reservoir Loop Trail. Other trails include the Forest Trail, Tibbs Crossing Trail, and the Farside […]
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.
1927 Restored Service Station with highway memorabilia. Fun photo opportunity. Call for appointments!
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