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

Welcome !!



April 8 - Next meeting, 2 pm at the Historical Society Building, 404 Fourth Ave. 

Dues are due: ($10 individual/$15 family)...Send a check to Jane Milam at 1104, Summit Dr., St. Albans. See bottom of this page for the 2018 meeting dates.

Founders Day - Saturday, May 12, from 10 - 4 pm. See "Founders Day" page for more information. 

2018 Up-coming Events:

April 7 (Sat. – 10-2 pm Historical Society Building Open House (The St. Albans Historical Society will be having an Open House at their museum at 404 Fourth Ave in St. Albans, adjacent to the historic C&O Depot, on Saturday, April 7 from 10-2 pm. Come see their hundreds of old St. Albans photographs, books and displays. Bring your old St. Albans photos to be scanned for their files.

April 7 (Sunday – 2 pm) Historical Society Spring Meeting with a speaker, Dr. Burnis Morris of Marshall, will discuss black educator Carter G. Woodson and the 2 school in town named after him. Followed by Q&A and refreshments. (Also: meetings are held in Feb., Sept. and Nov.)

April 12 (Thursday – 5-7 pm) Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” at the Historical Society Building.

May 5 (Sat. – 10-2 pm) Historical Society Building Open House. (Also: every 1st Sat. ea. Month)

May 12 (Sat. 10-4 pm) Founders Day Sponsored by the St. Albans Founder's Day Committee and the St. Albans Historical Society, The 13th Annual St. Albans Founders Day will be held on Main Street, Sat. May 12, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Founders Day is to celebrate the history of St. Albans and promote the businesses on Main Street. (There will not be a parade this year). There will be over 40 vendors and food booths as well as singers and dancers. Some of the entertainment will be: the St. Albans School of Dance, Mountain Valley Cloggers, “Happy Steppers”, Mountaineer Dulcimer club. The National Guard Obstacle Course will also be available. The City’s new restrooms facilities will be open for this event.

June – August (Sunday - 2-4 pm) Morgan's Kitchen Museum will be open every Sunday this summer  on Sundays from 2-4 pm. Located on MacCorkle Ave. near Pfaff Street, it was built in 1846 as a plantation kitchen and moved here in 1972. It contains numerous kitchen utensils and furnishings form the 1800's. No admission charge. It is operated by the St. Albans Historical Society.

October 13 (Sat. 10-4 pm) The 15th Annual Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival will be Saturday, October 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at historic Morgan’s Kitchen, located along MacCorkle Ave. in St. Albans. Activities will include apple butter making, cabin tours, pioneer re-enactors, arts and crafts, hit-miss engines, old time music and antique wood crafter tool exhibit. Baked goods, drinks and hot dogs are also available by the St. Albans Ladies Club. Apple butter is available for purchase. There is no charge for this event and plenty of parking is available.

October 27 (Sat. 5-8 pm) First annual Fall Homes/Mystery Tour. Beginning at the Loop and going down historic Main St. and Eighth Ave. and ending at the Chilton House/Angela’s for refreshments. A sidewalk tour with actors along the way to point out historic events and mystery.

December 8 (Sat. – 6-9 pm) 26th Christmas Historic Homes Tour. Visit inside several historic homes, churches, and the C&O Railroad Depot. All of the properties will feature Christmas decorations and refreshments. The tour begins at the St. Albans Historical Society building at 404 Fourth Ave., adjacent to the C&O Depot. A shuttle will take visitors to the various properties and make a continuous loop, or you have the option to drive to each. Tickets are $10 for adults; students free.

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.

 School History Project:  Weimer Elem. History Lessons

  Our group is currently (Jan. -  March 2018) teaching Local History to the 4th grade class at Weimer Elem. Started by Margaret Bassitt in 2011, this is our sixth year with this project. Neil Richardson is presenting the lessons once a week on Thursday. Some topics are: 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 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 

  New Shelter Built: The City constructied a new picnic shelter beside the Historical Society Building in October 2017. It can be used by people during the Fall New River Train Days, C&O Depot activities and Historical Society addition to being used as a picnic shlter and a possible Farmer's market.      


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)

(Note: This will download newsletter to your computer)

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.


(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. 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.


(this will download newsletter list to your computer)

Forks of Coal History & Education Day: We had a "Coal River History" exhibit at the Forks of Coal Natural Area property Open House on Saturday, September 23. (this amazing place is right past Corridor G). There were guided hikes, food and displays from various groups.  See their web  site at:

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.