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

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November Meeting: The St. Albans Historical Society had their Fall meeting on November 12. WWII Marine Cpl. Walter Filipek talked to us about experiences over 70 years ago. Next Regular meeting is February 11, 2018 at 2 pm.

St. Albans Christmas Historic Homes Tour: 

   This year the St. Albans Historical Society will be hosting their 25th Annual Christmas Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, December 9 from 6-9 pm.. Several historical homes will be open for the tour as well as other historical buildings. A shuttle 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 along with GPS coordinates.
The tour will begin at the St. Albans Historical Society building at 404 Fourth Ave., adjacent to the C&O Depot at 6:00 pm
All of the properties will feature Christmas decorations and refreshments. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and students and children are free. Tickets are available at the St. Albans Historical Society building the night of the tour only beginning at 6:00 pm.
Six homes are included on this year's tour, including : C&O Train Depot (ca. 1906), which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Miles House, Eighth Ave. Walker House, Pennsylvania Ave., Campbell / Moore-McHenry House, Eighth Ave, Trowbridge / Beatty House, Eighth Ave.,Graley House, Sixth Ave. and the Johnson / White House, 5th Ave.
(Some f the houses below). For info: call Patty Swango at 727-3293.

School History Project:  Weimer Elem. History Lessons

  Our group is currently 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. 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) 

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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.  


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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.


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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.