St. Albans Historical Society
History Heros

Welcome !!



Next Meeting: We will have our fall meeting on Sunday, November 13 at 2 pm at the St. lbans Historical Society Building at 404 Fourth Ave. Bring a friend !! Bob Weiford, re-enactor and historian, will be presenting businessman and historrian "John P. Hale".

December Homes Tour:   Our 24th Annual Christmas Historic Homes Tour will be Saturday, December 3 from 6-9 pm Tickets are available that night around 5:30 pm.. We are getting a two shuttle buses for this year’s tour. Thanks to 1st Baptist Church and Teays Valley Church of God !    A list of this year's historic homes open for tour:  Canada Log House, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, C&O Depot, McComas-Grovea House, Gilchrist-McDonald House, Nydill-Pope House, Johnson-Hillen House and the C&O Caboose.

Calendars Available: The "2017 Vintage Calendar" is now available at theVillage Sampler and Flowers on Old Main (both on Main St.) for $10 ea.. Each month has some old St. Albans photos. Great Christmas gifts !!

Historic Preservation: We recently made some donations to some historic properties in St. Albans. We gave the C&O Depot a grant of $400 to help with a new roof and a $100 grant to the American Legion  for assistance they needed. Thanks to the members of the St. Albans Historical Society for keeping our historic properties functioning and beautiful !

Historical Society Building now Open Year-round - We will have our building open on 4th Ave. open every 1st Saturday from 10-2 pm...year-round, Invite your friends to check us out. Thanks to Kevin Bragg for being our host !

School History Project:  St. Francis Elem. History Lessons

  Our group is currently 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 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.

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 

                     13th Annual Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival a Success!

  The Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival, sponsored by the St. Albans Historical Society, was held Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Morgan's Kitchen Museum along MacCorkle Ave.  Activities included apple butter making, cabin tours, arts & crafts, displays, Civil War and Pioneer re-enactors and old time music and food. Apple butter is still available for purchase at the Village Sampler on main St.

    Morgans Kitchen Fall Festival 2016 Morgans Kitchen Fall Festival 2016

HISTORY WEDNESDAY - The St. Mark's Episcopal Church sponsored a History presentation every Wednesday (9-noon) from June 22-July 27. Presenters included: Mary Ingles, John P. Hale, Cherokee Ostenaco (below), Karen Vuranch Coal Camp Stories, early Kanawha Valley Farmer Amos Young and Harriet Tubman. Very enjoyable. They hope to continue next year. 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) (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.


Recent Donations:
   -   St. Alban's Advertisers by Jerry Wyatt estate
   -   Various old 1930's newspapers from 1st. Baptist Church and "Early History of           St. Albans" (Hereford)
   -   "1938 St. Albans" book
   -    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)
   -   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)
   -   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 - 2016 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)


June 4, 2016 - Historical Bldg. Open House, Saturday, 11-2 pm

June 5, 2016 - Sunday Picnic, 2 p.m. at Morgan’s Kitchen

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

July 9, 2016 - Historical Bldg. Open House, Saturday, 11-2 pm

August 6, 2016 - Historical Bldg. Open House, Saturday, 11-2 pm

September 10, 2016 - Historical Bldg. Open House, Saturday, 11-2 pm

September 11, 2016 - Regular Meeting

October 1, 2016 - Historical Bldg. Open House, Saturday, 11-2 pm

October 8, 2016 - Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival                             

October 15, 16 & 22,23, 2016 - Fall Train Open House at Bldg.(8-9:30am)

November 13, 2016 - Regular Meeting

December 3, 2016 - Christmas Historic Homes Tour, Saturday, 6 - 9 p.m.