St. Albans Historical Society, WV
Protecting and Preserving St. Albans History since 1972

Welcome !!



Christmas Homes tour -The St. Albans Historical Society will be hosting their 26th Annual Christmas Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, December 8 from 6-9 pm.. Six historical homes and buildings will be open for the. Shuttles will be taking visitors this year to the various properties and making a continuous loop, or visitors may opt to drive. A map is included with the brochure. The tour will begin at the St. Albans Historical Society building at 404 Fourth Ave., adjacent to the C&O Depot. Tickets are available at the St. Albans Historical Society building the night of the tour only beginning at 6:00 pm. No tickets will be sold before that time. All of the properties will feature Christmas decorations and refreshments. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and all students and children are free. For information call 304 549-4100.

Weimer  Elem. History Lessons -   St. Albans Historical Society is teaching local history to 4th graders this Fall at Weimer Elementary. Neil Richardson, Denise Ash and Ellen Mills-Pauley present lessons once a week at 1 pm from September through November on Thursdays. Some topics are: early Native peoples, early explorers and settlers, Ft. Tackett, early churches, schools and transportation, Coal River history, and Morgan’s Kitchen. This is our 7th year doing this. It was started by Margaret Bassitt in 2012. We can use volunteers to help with handouts, etc.

November Meeting was on Sunday, November 11 at 2 pm. Being Veterans Day, Carman Kostelansky of the Nitro WWI Museum talked about their museum.  

Founders DayThe 14th Annual St. Albans Founders Day will be held on Main Street,  Saturday, May 11, 2019.   Sponsored by the St. Albans Founder's Day Committee and the St. Albans Historical Society, this event brings people to Main Street for food, arts & crafts, plenty of entertainment and concerts and helps to celebrate the history of St. Albans, as well as to promote the downtown businesses.  

 See "Founders Day" page for more information. 

October 26 - Scary Stories at Morgan's Kitchen - Several people joined us Friday evening at 6 pm inside the cabin to share spooky stories. Fire in the fireplace and marshmellows added to the fun.

October 27 (Sat. 5-8 pm) The First annual Fall Homes History-Mystery Tour began at the Loop and going down historic Main St. and Eighth Ave. and ended at the Chilton House/Angela’s for refreshments. A sidewalk tour with actors along the way to pointed out historic events and mystery. See on Facebook: "St. Albans Homes/Mystery Tour". Over 65 people particiopated !!

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)

Fall Newsletter 2017 (click here)  Page 2 (click here) 

Winter Newsletter 2017-2018 (click here)

Fall Newsletter 2018 (click here)

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Newsletters CatalogedWe have cataloged and indexed all of our Newsletters from 1992 to present (2009-2018 can be viewed above) 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 of the Newsletter or article at the Society Building on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10-2 pm during our Open House.


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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. They may be viewed at the St. Albans Historical Society Building on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10-2 pm during our Open House.


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Recent Donations:
  - "Kanawha County Images Vol. 1" and Goldennseal magaines (Richard Milam)
  - "1938 St. Albans" book and misc. papers (Barbara Randall)
  - Misc. papers from the Jonhn Morgan Family fro the 1880-1920's (Nan Rogers
  - 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 - 2018 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 2018 - Historical Bldg. Open House, 1st Saturday, 10-2 pm

February 11, 2018 - Regular  Meeting

February 22 - History Day at Capitol (Thursday), 9-2 pm (need volunteers)

April 8, 2018  -  Regular  Meeting

May 12, 2018  - Founder’s Day on Main Street

June 3, 2018 - Sunday Picnic, 2 p.m. at Morgan’s Kitchen

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

September 9, 2018 - Regular Meeting

October 13, 2018 - Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival                             

October 20, 21 & 27, 28, 2018 - Fall Train Open House at Bldg.(8-9:30am)

November 11, 2018 - Regular Meeting

December 8, 2018 - Christmas Historic Homes Tour, Saturday, 6 - 9 p.m.

Year 2017 Accomplishments

Printed two Newsletters (Spring & Fall)
- Worked with our Founder’s Day Committee to have a great event in May on Main St.
- Greeted over 75 visitors at Morgan’s Kitchen during our Summer Open House on Sundays. (June – August)
- Had over 35 visitors during our Open Houses on the 1st Saturday of each month at the Historical Society Building.  Thanks to Kevin Bragg for volunteering to be their every 1st Saturday every month (10-2 pm) !!
- Held the 14th Annual Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival. Over 9 vendors, music, re-enactors apple butter making and cabin tours
- Opened Historical Society Building 4 Mornings in October for the New River Fall Train.
- Presented local history to the 4th graders at Weimer Elementary (Fall 2017) and St. Francis -       Elementary 4th/5th grade (Jan. - March 2017).
- Continue to maintain a web site (18 pages) ( (since 2009).
Meeting Speakers:
·           February – St. Albans Black History (and art) – Cubert and Philander Smith
         ·          April – Craik Patton House Presentation – Paul Zuros

         ·          September – Ft. Scammon history – Dr. Billy Jo Peyton

         ·          November – WWII Experiences – Walter Filipek 

·  History Day at Capitol – (February) We had a display there & nominated

                  Patty Swango to be a WV History Hero.

·  Received various donations of books, photographs and maps: (

·  June 11 - Sunday Picnic, 2 p.m. at Morgan’s Kitchen.

·  December  2017 – 25 Annual Christmas Historic Homes Tour. 80 people participated.

·  Printed 200 vintage 2018 calendars.

·  Printed Folders for Elementary School History Lessons.

·  Purchased a sign for Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival.

·  Sold numerous Historical Society books (12 different books) at the Village Sampler.

·  Provided one representation to the St. Albans Convention and Visitors Bureau (ceased  meeting 2017), the Downtown Landmarks Commission and History Wednesday.

·  Maintain a Facebook page with historical information.

                  (see: St. Albans Historical Society)

·   Held a Business After Hours for the Chamber of Commerce in April at our Bldg.

·   Made 40 gallons apple butter for a fund raiser.

·   Had a Coal River History display at the Forks of Coal Education Day in September.

·   Participated in the Coal River Group Water Festival and demonstrated and displayed the history of the Coal River to 4th and 5th graders. (May)

·  Fixed the A.C/Heat at the Historical Society Building. Leaking Freon.

· Worked with the St. Albans Teen Court to provide Community Service hours for 2 teens.