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

Welcome !!



RENT the St. Albans Historical Society Building at 404 Fourth Ave. for showers, receptions, parties, reunions, etc. Only $30 for 4 hours. a $30 deposit is be returned. We have a full kitchen with refrigerator, oven and microwave. Excellent for small functions. 30 chairs and 8-6' tables. Call Neil at 304 419-5972 to get a building use agreement sent to you. See: St. Albans Historical Society on Facebook for photos.

Apple Butter for Sale: The St. Albans Historical Society has pint jars of apple butter for sale for $6.00. Available while supplies at the Village Sampler and the Coal River Coffee Co., both on St. Albans Main Street.

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.

February Meeting will be Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 2 pm. Public welcome.

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.

Fall Homes History-Mystery Tour - This First annual event was held on Saturday, October 27. It began at the Loop at 5:30 pm, it went 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. Thanks to Denise Ash for organizing this wonderful event which we hope to continue next year.2018 Programs at the Historical Society Building:  


Morgans Kitchen Fall Festival 2016

Year 2018 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 15th Annual Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival. Vendors, music, re-enactors apple butter making and cabin tours
Held the first annual Scary Stories at Morgan’s Kitchen October 26.
Held the first annual History/Mystery Tour downtown October 27 (65 people)
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 2018) and Weimer Field Trip in April to Teays Hill Cemetery and Morgan’s Kitchen.
Continue to maintain a web site (18 pages) ( (since 2009).
Meeting Speakers:- 2018 Programs:  
     -  “WV Covered Bridges” – Roger Rasmussen – (Feb.)

      -  “Carter G. Woodson” – Burnis Morris – (April)

      - “South Charleston Naval Ordnance Plant” – Kyle Warmack – (September)

     -  “Nitro Museum” Slide presentation - Carmen Kostelansky (November)

Catalogued all of the Coalsmouth Journals (1972-1985) and Newsletters (1992-present) and added a topic index.
Received various donations of books, photographs (Helen Warren, Bettie Burdette, etc.)
June  - Sunday Picnic, 2 p.m. held at Morgan’s Kitchen.
December  8  – 26th  Annual Christmas Historic Homes Tour. 150 people participated.
Printed 150 vintage 2018 calendars @ $10 ea.
Had the A/C serviced – (loosing freon. Needs replaced)
Formed a Capital Campaign Copmmittee to raise funds for a new Heating/A/C System.
Printed Folders for Elementary School History Lessons.
Sold numerous Historical Society books (12 different books) at the Village Sampler and Coal River Coffee.
Provided one representative to the Downtown Landmarks Commission and History Wednesday (St. Mark’s Episcopal) Committees.
 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.(2 batches)
Worked with the St. Albans Teen Court to provide Community Service hours for 3 teens.
Added the Christmas In St. Albans Committee to the Historical Society list of official Committees.


Recent Donations:
  - Papers and costume dress from Helen Warren Family
  - Diplomas, years books and photo from Bettie Burnette Family
 - "Kanawha County Images Vol. 1" and Goldennseal magaines (Richard Milam)
  - "1938 St. Albans" book and misc. papers (Barbara Randall)
  - Misc. papers from the John Morgan Family from the 1880-1920's (Nan Rogers
  - Photographs from the 1940's-50's Jr. Chamber of Commerce of the Annual Turtle 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 - 2019 Meeting Dates
January - December 2019 - Historical Bldg. Open House, 1st Saturday, 10-2 pm

February 10, 2019 - Regular Meeting

April 14, 2019  -  Regular Meeting

May 11, 2019  - Founder’s Day on Main Street    (2nd Saturday)

June 2, 2019 - Sunday Picnic, 2 p.m. at Morgan’s Kitchen

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

September 8, 2019 - RegulaMeeting

October 12, 2019 - Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival  (2nd  Saturday)                           

October 19, 20 & 26, 27, 2019 - Fall Train Open House at Bldg.(8-9:30am)

November 10, 2019 – Regular Meeting

December 14, 2019 - Christmas Historic Homes Tour, (2nd Saturday), 6 - 9 p.m.

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)