St. Albans Historical Society, WV
Since 1972

Welcome !!


The St. Albans Historical Society is celebrating 50 years in 2022 of sharing the local St. Albans history!

Young Historicans Club: Anyone who has kids or teens in their lives who are interested in local St. Albans history....we are starting a Young Historians Club at the St. Albans Historical Society. We will meet the LAST Sunday of every month at 404 4th Avenue from 2-4 p.m. (adjacent to the C&O Depot). Membership is FREE and FUN is guaranteed.  Parents/caregivers are welcome to accompany their children. Please share with a friend (or several) who might be interested! For information, call Denise Cyrus at: 304 206-1974.

History and Mystery Tour: Tours meet at the Loop.  There will be one at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 28.  Tours are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Open House: The Historical Society Building at 404 Fourth Ave. will be open Every 1st Saturday (10-2 pm). Come see our hundredes of photos, displays and St. Albans Yearbooks.

November Meeting:  Our November Meeting will be on Sunday, November 12, at 2pm, at 404 Fourth Ave.  We will be honoring our veterans!

RENT the St. Albans Historical Society Building at 404 Fourth Ave. For showers, receptions, parties, reunions, etc. Only $35 for 4 hours. a $35 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 Denise Cyrus at 304 206-1974 to get a building use agreement sent to you. Also..see: St. Albans Historical Society on Facebook for photos or Agreement. 

For a Building Use Agreement: Click Here or go to:

Picnic:  The 2023 St. Albans Historical Society PICNIC will be held on Sunday, June 4, at 2:00 p.m. at Morgan’s Kitchen. 

Christmas Homes Tour:  Saturday, December 9, 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Tours begin at the St. Albans Historical Society (404 4th Avenue) and are $10 for adults.  Children and paid Historical Society members are admitted for free!

NEWSLETTERS ADDED: Twenty two (22) (1992 - 1995) & (2003-2006) Newsletters have been added to this web page. See "Newsletters" page.


St. Albans Historical Society - 2023 Upcoming Events

March 11 – Field trip to Ronk Family Maple Syrup Farm, 2:00 p.m. (can meet at Bogey’s at 12:00 p.m. for lunch)

April 2 – Regular Meeting, 2:00 p.m. (Doug Wood will be speaking on Chinodahichetha: The Warriors Road

May 13 – Field trip to JQ Dickinson Salt Works, 10:00 a.m.

June 4 – Picnic, 2:00 p.m. at Morgan’s Kitchen

June 17 – YakFest (hopefully have a booth)

June – August – Morgan’s Kitchen Open House every Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

August 5 (Tentative) – All Day, Apple Butter Making to have some to sell for Heritage Days

August 12 – Heritage Days, 4th Avenue, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

September 10 – Regular Meeting, 2:00 p.m.

September 16 (Tentative) – All Day, Apple Butter Making to have some to sell for Rails Day

September 23 – Rails Day (Building open)

September 30 (tentative) – Field Trip to tour of Garnet School in Charleston, 10:00 a.m.

October 7 – Fall Y’all (we will hopefully have a booth and a historic chili recipe)

October 14 – Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival, 10:00-2:00 p.m.

October 27 – Scary stories at Morgan’s Kitchen, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

October 28 – History and Mystery Tour, 5:00-8:00 p.m. (More details to come!)

November 12 – Regular Meeting, 2:00 p.m. (Dr. Philip Hatfield will be speaking on the history of the Civil War in this and

surrounding areas)

November 18 (tentative) – Field Trip to Madie Carroll House and Historic Guyandotte, 10:00 a.m.

December 9 – Christmas Homes Tour, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

December 10 – Morgan’s Kitchen Christmas Open House, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Some Past Society Newsletter Topics Were:  (1992-1994)

 March 1992    (Carol Graley new editor)

·        Hotel Majestic

·        Incident at Indian Creek

·        High-Tor House

·        C&O Railroad

June 1992

·        “A Hundred Years Ago” – Poem

·        Kanawha Baptist Church at Pratt, WV

·        Log Chain and Ring Dogs

·        Stephen Teays story

·        Carroll Hansford story

·        Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home

September 1992

·        Carter Woodson Jr. High School (1935-1956)

·        Shelton College

·        Ninety-one years in Kanawha County

December 1992

·        “St. Albans History” book written

·        “A Piece of the Past – 100 years Ago”

·        Daisy Chambers Washington

·        The Thompsons of Coalsmouth

·        King Family Cemetery

March 1993  

·        Dawson Printing Company

·        Families of St. Albans & New “St. Albans History” book

June 1993

·        Stephen Capehart – About St. Albans

·        St. Albans High School – 1915-1925 Seniors and Teachers

September 1993

·        St. Albans  - Nitro Bridge 1934 Opening Program

·        Arthur Hughes Poem to wife Jennie

·        Brief History of St. Albans

December 1993

·        Christmas Homes Tour

·        St. Albans Historical Society Membership List

·        Justice of the Peace – 1842

·        Cameron Thompson story

·        Uncle Billy Armstead story

·        Pearson House – 8th Ave.

March 1994

·        Halloween Prank story by Albert Spurlock

·        Aunt Molly Spurlock Peck story

·        Coal River Man Executed – 1858

·        Late 18th Century Medical Terms

June 1994

·        Deaths in Kanawha County – 1853-1899

·        Interview with Ensell Mercer (Caldwell)

September 1994

·        Nitro Toll Bridge Memories

·        “69 Years – For Better or Worse”  by John Burgess

·        Vintroux Stone and Cemetery

·        Family History : Wood, Langley, Rain, Fanning

·        Wreak of the No. 1 by Dunbar

December 1994

·        Browder Family history

·        McNeeley Cemetery

·        Thomas Cemetery

·        Gray Cemetery

·        St. Albans Historical Society Membership List

Recent Donations:
  -  1938 class ring and yearbook
  -  Card table with numerous business advertisements.
  -  Framed sketch of the Woman's Club and a Dinner Plate of same by Tom Morgan
  -  Numerous photos from Ric Neal of St. Albans in 1980's
  -  1945 St. Albans Yearbook and Simmerings (copy) (Ellen Pauley)
  -  Costume Civil War uniforms from Graley Family
  -  Misc. papers from the John Morgan Family from the 1880-1920's (Nan Rogers family)
   - Various photographs of St. Albans of businesses (Russ Davidson Family)
   - Various old newspapers (Jo An Keefer)
   - Large scrapbook with clippings of St. Albans activities (Ric Neil)
   - "1938 St. Albans" book (Connie Spradling)     
   - Several 1940's WW2 newspapers.
   - 70 St. Albans Football Programs and Newspaper Clippings (Eugene Washington estate)