St. Albans Historical Society
404 Fourth Ave., St. Albans, West Virginia

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Books for Sale


The St. Albans Historical Society has printed thirteen (13) local history books. Some are re-prints from as far back as 1909. Other local historians also have history books for sale (Dr. Bill Dean and Margaret Bassitt).

All books are available at the Village Sampl;er on Main St., St. Albans, WV.


"The Battle of Scary"  (NEW)        

Booklet about the Civil War Battle of Scary Creek in nearby Putnam County written in 1932.

 


"St. Albans History" 

by the St. Albans Historical Society    $50.00   (reduced from $60)

 THIS 300 PAGE HARDBOUND BOOK TELLS THE COMPLETE LOCAL HISTORY AND HAS A SECTION ON FAMILY HISTORY, CEMETERY RECORDS, HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS, AND GIVES THE HISTORY OF THE BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, CHURCHES. MILITARY, FRATERNAL GROUPS, TRANSPORTATION, HISTORIC HOMES AND MUCH MORE...


"A Historical Sketch of St. Albans WV - 1938”

  $5.00  By: St. Albans Fire Dept. (original printing 1938)

  ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TO SHOW THE MANY ATTRIBUTES OF ST. ALBANS, ITS BUSINESSES AND HISTORY, IT ALSO CONTAINS PICTURES OF EARLY CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, HOMES AND CONTAINS VINTAGE ADVERTISEMENTS.


 

“Bicentennial of the Burning Of Fort Tackett,

1790 – 1990”

$5.00   By: J. W. (Bill) Williams

  WRITTEN IN 1990 TO TELL ABOUT THE INDIAN ATTACK ON FT. TACKETT BY THE SHAWNEE, THE HOSTAGE CAPTURE AND RETURN AND ABOUT THE EARLY PLANTATION THAT LATER STOOD ON THAT SITE, AS WELL AS A CHEMICAL PLANT, DRIVE-N THEATER AND LATER A LUMBER BUSINESS.

 

 


 

“Tornado Remembers …” 

 

$5.00    By: Eloise Wiseman

 

THIS BOOK TELLS ABOUT THE LOCAL HISTORY AND ABOUT THE EARY SETTLERS AND GRIST MILL OWNERS IN THIS PART OF KANAWHA COUNTY.

 

(CURRENTLY SOLD OUT)


“The Last Dollar”  

 

$5.00    By: John Morgan

(original printing 1909)

  WRITTEN BY PLANTATION OWNER AND CONFEDERATE SPY, JOHN MORGAN, THIS BOOK TELLS NUMEROUS STORIES ABOUT LIFE IN THE MID 1800'S IN PUTNAM AND KANAWHA COUNTIES.


 

“Cemeteries of St. Albans, West Virginia ”

 

$25.00   By: Carol Graley and  Fannie Beane

 

OVER 60 LARGE AND SMALL CEMETERIES, THIS BOOK SHOWS ALL OF THE INSCRIPTIONS ON THE HEADSTONES. EXCELLENT FOR FAMILIES DOING FAMILY HISTORY.

 


Upper Kanawha Valley Cemetery Records

 

$30.00   By: Bill & Carol Graley

  COVERING OVER 50  CEMETERIES IN THE UPPER KANAWHA VALLEY, THIS BOOK SHOWS ALL OF THE INSCRIPTIONS ON THE HEADSTONES. EXCELLENT FOR FAMILIES DOING FAMILY HISTORY.


 

“The History of St. Albans” Video 

 

$20.00    DVD

By the St. Albans Historical Society  (40 minutes)

  THIS 45 MINUTE VIDEO DEPICTS THE HISTORY OF ST. ALBANS...BEGINNING WITH NATIVE AMERICANS, EARLY SETTLERS, SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES, SOCIAL CLUBS, INDUSTRY (LUMBER AND R.R.), ATHLETIC TEAMS, MAIN STREET AND EARLY TRANSPORTATION.


“The Growing, Booming Years of St. Albans, WV

1885 - 1910”  

 

$5.00   By: St. Albans Historical Society

  THIS BOOK COVERS THE BOOM YEARS OF ST. ALBANS (1885-1910), MOSTLY DUE TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE C&O RAILROAD AND THE NUMEROUS LUMBER MILLS. LUMBER WAS FLOATED DOWN THE COAL RIVER (LATER BY TRAIN) FROM THE UPPER REACHES. COAL TRAINS ALSO HELPED THE SPUR THE LOCAL ECONOMY WITH THE RAILROADS LOCATED HERE.


“Early History of St. Albans

$5.00   By: C. D. Hereford  (original printing 1950)

  THIS BOOK TELLS ABOUT LIVING IN ST. ALBANS IN 1872 AS TOLD BY PIONEER BUSINESSMAN C. D. HEREFORD, AND IT ALSO CONTAINS A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TOWN AS TOLD BY HIS SON, H. R. HEREFORD.


“The Coalsmouth Journal – Selected Articles” 

$5.00   By: St. Albans Historical Society

  A MOST INTERESTING BOOK...IT IS A COLLECTION OF "COALSMOUTH JOURNALS" FROM 1972-1974.....OUR EARLY NEWSLETTERS.

TOPICS INCLUDE: MOVING MORGAN'S KITCHEN, FORMATION OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, SHELTON COLLEGE, BRIEF HISTORY OF ST. ALBANS, MAD ANNE BAILEY, THE HUDSON, GRANT AND PERSINGER FAMILIES, FORT TACKETT, MAP OF COAL RIVER LOCKS AND DAMS AND GEORGE WASHINGTON.


    "Coalsmouth Journal 1982" by the St. Albans Historical Society    $5.00

  ONE OF OUR BEST SELLERS !! THIS BOOK HAS A 1923 ST. ALBANS "VALLEY NEWS" ARTICLE RE-PRINTED THAT TELLS THE HISTORY OF ST. ALBANS AS WELL AS THE HISTORY OF THE TOWN'S:

    -SCHOOLS (TOWN HALL SCHOOL, SHELTON COLLEGE, FAIRVIEW, CENTRAL)

   - CHURCHES (1ST BAPTIST, METHODIST EPISCOPAL, ST. PAUL BAPTIST, M.E.   CHURCH SOUTH, ST. MARKS EPISCOPAL, 1ST PRESBYTERIAN,

    - NATIONAL GUARD HISTORY IN ST. ALBANS

    -  WOMANS CLUB, DELPHIAN CLUB, THURSDAY LITERARY CLUB, UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY, EASTERN STAR

    - BOARD OF TRADE

   THIS BOOK ALSO HAS ARTICLES ABOUT THE ST. ALBANS HIGH MUSIC TEACHER, HAROLD LEIGHTY (43 YRS.), ST. ALBANS DRUG STORE HISTORY, AND THOMAS AND STEPHEN AND CATHERINE (LEIGH) FAMILY HISTORY.

 


St. Albans Historic and Architectural Survey”

$5.00  By: Paul Marshall & Associates

WRITTEN BY HISTORICAL ARCHITECT, PAUL MARSHALL, (1883), HE COVERS THE EARLY HISTORY AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOWN, CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, RAILROADS, CIVIL WAR, CITY NAMES, COAL RIVER NAVIGATION, LUMBER HISTORY, AND FINALLY THE HISTORIC HOMES IN TOWN.

 

 

 


CaolSteamboatsTimberTrains

"Coal, Steamboats, Timber and Trains"

$40.00  By: Bill Dean

  TAKING OVER TWENTY TO WRITE, HISTORY PROFESSOR BILL DEAN TELLS IN PRECISE DETAIL THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE COAL RIVER NAVIGATION AND LUMBER  AND RAILROAD HISTORY OF ST. ALBANS.


"Revealing St. Albans Mystery(s) - a Reference in History"

$5.00  By: Robert Jackson

(call Robert at 304 727-1233)

  WRITTEN IN 2007, THIS BOOKLET (20 PAGES) GIVES A TIMELINE OF THE HISTORY OF ST. ALBANS AND GIVES AN ACCOUNT OF THE BUILDING OF THE 180' LONG COVERED BRIDGE ACROSS COAL RIVER THAT WAS BUILT IN 1832 AND BURNT BY RETREATING CONFEDERATES IN 1861.


TalesFromCoalsmouth

"Tales from Coalsmouth"

$15.00  By: Helen Margaret Bassitt 

(see: bassittbooks.com )

This book is available at the Curiosity Shop on Main St., St. Albans, WV. or order through web site listed for $19.95


"Rumors of War"

$18.00  By Helen Margaret Bassitt 

(see: bassittbooks.com)

This book is available at the Curiosity Shop on Main St., St. Albans, WV. or order through web site listed for $21.95

Rumors Of  War.

ALSO: "Tribute to Jennie Hughes" By Arthur Lotus Hughes     $5.00

WRITTEN BY DR. ARTHUR HUGHES IN THE 1940'S, THIS BOOKS TELLS LOCAL HISTORY AND HAS POEMS WRITTEN TO HIS WIFE.