St. Albans Historical Society

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September Meeting: The St. Albans Historical Society will have a meeting Sunday, September 10 at 2 pm at the historical society museum at 404 Fourth Ave, adjacent to the C&O Depot.Dr. Billy Joel Peyton, history processor at WV State University, will make a presentation about the Civil War Ft. Scammon and the archaeological dig done by his students. We will also have an election for vice president and secretary. Invite your friends . Followed by refreshments.

Forks of Coal History & Education Day: We will have a Coal River History exhibit at the Forks of Coal Natural Area property Open House on Saturday, September 23 from 9:30-1:30. (right past Corridor G). There will be guided hikes, food and displays from various groups. We can always use some volunteers. See their web  site

School History Project:  St. Francis & Weimer Elem. History Lessons

  Our group just completed teaching some local history to the combined 4th / 5th graders at St. Francis Elementary from September - December 2016.  Started by Margaret Bassitt in 2011, this is our fifth year with this project. Neil Richardson is presenting the lessons once a week on Thursday. Some topics were: early native peoples, early explorers and settlers, Ft. Tackett, early churches, schools and transportation, Coal River history, old homes in town and Morgan’s Kitchen. We will be doing this again September- November 2017 at Weimer 4th graders and again in the spring to the other Weimer 4th grade.

Ellen Mills-Pauley having class make a Morgan Kitchen cabin from construction paper - 2016 (below left).   Fall 2016 combined 4-5 graders at St. Francis.(right)

St. Frances ClassSt. Frances Class 


1948 Turtle Derby: We have a neat display at our building: The St. Albans Jr. Chamber of Commerce sponsored this event each Labor Day for several years, beginning in 1947. It was to raise money for several community projects: improve phone service in town, sponsor children's Halloween Party, install football scoreboard operation wiring, sponsor a train to Huntington for the Huntington East football game, sponsor Jr. Basketball League, send a boy to Boy's State and one to Scout Camp and built two tennis courts. A 1948 program says they had 10 turtle heats... with 19 turtle in each heat (190 turtles !!). Each turtle was sponsored by a local business and the event was held at Crawford Field.


Morgans Kitchen Fall Festival 2016

Winter Newsletter 2009-2010 (click here)

Spring Newsletter 2010 (click here)

Summer Newsletter 2010 (click here)

Winter Newsletter 2010-2011 (click here)

Fall Newsletter 2011 (click here)

Spring Newsletter 2012 (click here)

Winter Newsletter 2012 (click here)

Spring Newsletter 2013 (click here) 

Fall Newsletter 2013 (click here)

Winter Newsletter 2013/2014 (click here)  

Fall Newsletter 2014 (click here)  

Spring Newsletter 2015 (click here) 

Summer Newsletter 2015 (click here) 

Autumn Newsletter 2015 (click here) 

Spring Newsletter 2016 (click here)  

Fall Newsletter 2016 (click here) 

Winter Newsletter 2016/17 (click here) (this will download newsletter to your computer)

Newsletters CatalogedWe have cataloged and indexed all of our Newsletters from 1992 to present and placed the in a notebook. So...if you are looking for a certain history topic, you can now view this notebook for your topic and make a copy at the Society Building.  


(this will download newsletter list to your computer)

Coalsmouth Journals Cataloged -  We have also recently cataloged the Coalsmouth Journals (1972 -1985). These were our first Newsletters of the Historical Society and they contain may fine and historical articles.


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Recent Donations:
  -  Photographs from the 1940's-50's Jr. Chamber of Commerce of the Annual                   Tutle Derby fund raiser. (Joe Wyatt)
   -  Various photographs of St. Albans of businesses (Russ Davidson Family)
   -  Large framed photo of St. Albans High School (1955)  (Barbara Ransbottom)
   -  St. Alban's Advertisers & Photos  (Jerry Wyatt estate)
   -  Various old newspapers (Jo An Keefer)
   -  Large scrapbook with clippings of St. Albans activities (Marion Moir) 
   -  "1938 St. Albans" book (Connie Spradling)
   -   St. Albans planning maps (Anne McElihinny)
   -    6 St. Albans High School Year Books (1930's)  (Margaret Bassitt estate)
   -    Fairview classroom bell
   -   10 Stattes (Lower Falls) Mill ledger books and a weight (1860's to 1900)        
          (Barbara Wheeler)
   -   6 Borden burger drinking glasses (where was this located?)
   -   Central School photos form 1950's (Steve Sidebottom)
   -   Papers and letter from John Cummingham (Delmar Lacy)
   -   Various old 1930's newspapers from 1st. Baptist Church and "Early History of  St. Albans"
         (C. D. Hereford)
   -   Lectern with a speaker system (Zion Hill Church)
   -   Model of Chuck Yeagar's jet and various items about the Yeager Monument.
   -   Various maps from 1940-1950 of St. Albans. (Anne McElhinny
    -   Homemade dolls from the 1950’s (Marion Moir)
    -   Music Appreciation Club Minutes & Notebooks (1970-1990) - club
    -   Vintage animal traps and canning lids for Morgan’s Kitchen (Bo McClure)
    -   Coal River and Western R,R. spike & piece of tie (Steve Sidebottom)
    -   Panorama view of Ferrell Gas Co. (James Holton)
    -   Large wall photo of downtown from Coal River Insurance (City of St. Albans)
    -   1940 St. Albans Band Photo (Kristi Sutphin)

St. Albans Historical Society - 2017 Meeting Dates

All meetings are at the Wm. P. Burdette Memorial Building at 404, 4th Ave.  2:00 p.m. (Regular meetings are on 2nd Sundays unless otherwise stated)

January - December 2017 - Historical Bldg. Open House, 1st Saturday, 10-2 pm

February 12, 2017 - Regular  Meeting with Doug Wood (re-enactor)

March  9, 2017 - History Day at Capitol (Thursday), 9-2 pm (need volunteers)

April 9, 2017  -  Regular  Meeting. Doug Wood "Early trails in this area".

May 13, 2017  - Founder’s Day on Main Street

June 4, 2017 - Sunday Picnic, 2 p.m. at Morgan’s Kitchen

June – August - Morgan’s Kitchen Open House, Sunday,  2-4 pm

September 10, 2017 - Regular Meeting. Dr. Billy Jo Peyton "Ft. Scammon Dig".

October 14, 2017 - Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival                             

October 21, 22 & 28, 29, 2017 - Fall Train Open House at Bldg.(8-9:30am)

November 12, 2017 - Regular Meeting

December 2, 2017 - Christmas Historic Homes Tour, Saturday, 6 - 9 p.m.