History in Morgantown, WV

Greater Morgantown is rich with national and local history! With attractions such as the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, West Virginia University Mountaineer Week, a walking audio tour of Downtown Morgantown and Arthurdale New Deal community, you’ll gain a better understanding of how the area became what it is today. Many memorials and landmarks are free and open to the public during business hours.

Amazing Women of History

“Amazing Women of History” is not only entertaining, it’s educational. Singer, actor, playwright, and historical portrayer JoAnn Peterson, combines her love of history with acting and teaching experience to bring a truly captivating performance. Her first person portrayals are well researched. Peterson is a presenter with the West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program, has […]

Arthurdale

Revisit the 1930s in Arthurdale, WV. Established in 1933, by the United States government, Arthurdale is the nation’s first New Deal Homestead Community. Created through President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation, the community provided a new chance at life for residents who were suffering from the Great Depression. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt served as the […]

Battle of Rowlesburg on Cannon Hill

Located directly across from the town at the end of the county bridge. The hill was fortified during the Civil War and was used to protect the main line of the B&O Railroad. Guided tours can be arranged by appointment.

Charles C. Wise Library

Manuscripts, photographs, books, oral histories and maps to aid those investigating West Virginia and the central Appalachian region. Located on WVU’s Downtown Campus in Wise Library. libraries.wvu.edu/wvcollection

Cook Hayman Pharmacy Museum

Created to preserve the fast-disappearing implements and elements of pharmacy practice that had been in existence since West Virginia became a state in 1863, the Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum at the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy houses a unique collection of 18th and 19th century pharmacy memorabilia. Tours available by appointment: http://pharmacy.hsc.wvu.edu/about-the-sop/cook-hayman-pharmacy-museum/schedule-a-tour/  

Cool Springs Park

  The West Virginia restaurant that’s one of the most unique restaurants in America-Open year round as a restaurant, general store and gift shop. The restaurant serves Buckwheat cakes all day long with the famous foot long hotdogs. The park includes an antique farm and railroad equipment, little train playground, fresh produce and fresh flowers for sale, […]

Dent’s Run Covered Bridge

The last covered bridge standing in Monongalia County was erected in 1889 by order of Monongalia County Court; the stone abutments and wood framework construction costs totaled $448! The bridge is 40-feet long, 13-feet wide, and utilizes the Kingpost truss design. Located on US 19, at junction with County Route 43, west of Laurel Point. For […]

Easton Roller Mill

Antique steam engine, roller mills used in grinding wheat and mill stones are all on display at Easton Roller Mill.

Eleanor’s Little Village

Revisit the 1930s of Eleanor”s Little Village, Arthurdale ~ The Nation’s first New Deal Homestead community championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. A 5 building Museum is now open year round and there is alo a Appalachian craft store and a Co-Op store on the grounds. From May to October the Craft Shop is open […]

Fairfax Stone

One of the most significant historical landmarks in West Virginia.  Located near Blackwater Falls State Park, the stone marked the western boundary of land granted to Lord Fairfax by the King of England in the 1700’s.  Almost two centuries later, the stone was used as the determining factor in the state boundary between West Virginia […]

Forks of Cheat Baptist Church Cemetery

The first church established west of the mountains in Virginia, November 1775. During prohibition, one headstone, the “Whiskey Stone,” was used to exchange dollars for liquor. Off Old Stewartstown Rd. Before Forks of the Cheat Rd. Est.1832. Interments: 250. One Civil War soldier

Henry Clay Iron Furnace

The Henry Clay Iron Furnace is a cold blast furnace and is located in Coopers Rock State Forest, Exit 15 off I-68. Take a hike on scenic trails and visit a piece of WV history. 61 County Line Drive, Bruceton Mills, W.Va. 26525

Historic Downtown Audio Walking Tour

Step back into the colorful history of Morgantown with an audio walking tour of the Historic Downtown area. The MP3-guided Walking Tour is available at the Historic Clarion Hotel Morgan on High St. in downtown Morgantown. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., daily.

History House Museum

A three-story diverse collection of antiques, memorabilia and photographs pertaining to the entire county. Located in the former Terra Alta Bank. Home to the Preston County Historical Society. Open Sunday afternoons June through September or by special appointment.

JFK Memorial

A 27-foot wide memorial featuring bronze statues of JFK and John Jr., three tall granite pillars and a granite bench as you walk near the riverfront on the Rail Trail in Star City.

Mason-Dixon Historical Park

The 295 acres of meadows and woodland offers four miles of hiking and cross country skiing trails. Take I-79 Exit 155 to US 19 North, then left on WV-7 East. In 11.4 miles turn left into the park. Park trails open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 79 Buckeye Road • Core, WV […]

Mason-Dixon Line

“Where Men Are Free” Mason-Dixon Line symbolizes a cultural boundary between the North and South (Dixie). 119S Pa./W.Va. state line

McGrew House

Historic home of one of Preston County’s most influential citizens. Listed on National Register of Historic Places. Annual and regularly scheduled events as well as available for parties, reunions, showers and receptions.

Morgantown History Museum

The Morgantown History Museum is a nonprofit institution and the first city-sponsored museum in the Greater Morgantown area. Its mission is to preserve and promote local and regional history and to make it accessible to the citizens of Morgantown and visitors to the region.

Morgantown History Museum

A unique view of Morgantown’s High Street in the mid-twentieth century. Over 70 slides created from B/W photos taken in Feb, 1962. Featured Permanent Exhibit: Morgan Shirt Co. including photographs, patterns, dyes, an automated sewing machine using memory chips and shirts.

Old Morgantown Glass Collector’s Guild Glass Museum

Open Wed-Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m., closed Mon-Tue. Please email us to schedule special times and dates.

Old Stone House

Built in 1795, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now home to a quaint gift shop. Service League of Morgantown volunteers work to distribute funds back into the Morgantown community.

Our Lady Of The Pines

Reflect from one of the six pews inside true smallest church in 48 states.

Preston County Historical Society

Three floors of antiques, artifacts, relics and miscellaneous papers. Open June-September, except holiday weekends.

Rowlesburg B&O Depot and Museum

Open by appointment – Located next to the train track off of Buffalo St. This museum houses only railroad memorabilia, pictures and trains. A portion of the building is the original building. The Caboose is a B&O Caboose and is restored.

Rowlesburg Tourism Commission, Town of Rowlesburg

The 1927 Centenary Bridges are on loan to the Tourism Commission and Town of Rowlesburg from the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. The whole collection has not been on exhibit in one place since 1927 and has never been outside of the B&O Railroad Museum. Many of these bridges pioneered engineering techniques for bridge construction […]

Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum

Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum – dedicated to the Mining and Petroleum Industries features a wide collection of mining paraphernalia. Items represent different eras in mining and oil/gas drilling, and features a wide array of coal mining artifacts, books, scrip, photographs, etc. Free admission. Located in the Mineral Resources Building – Evansdale Campus […]

Scott’s Run Museum and Trail

Celebrating and preserving the history of coal and the coal boom era in Monongalia County, representing 13 communities that were put together as coal camps when the boom attracted me to work the mines from 19 countries in Europe, Eastern Europe, Mexico and African Americans from the South. Features a coal camp gift shop! Open […]

Seneca Center

Brick-lined walls and worn wooden floors greet visitors as they wind their way through the assortment of privately owned specialty shops. Much of the character of the building has been richly retained, intermingling classic yet distinctive merchandise with warm hospitality. Constructed in 1898, the center boasts authentic glass manufacturing tools and murals of the glass […]

The Greatest Generation World War II Museum

THE GREATEST GENERATION WORLD WAR II MUSEUM is a magnificent exhibit worth visiting. You will be surprised by the authentic war time scenes with soldiers, exhibits and many artifacts from both Allied and Axis. Located in the Szilagyi Center (old high school). Open May through October on Saturday from 11am – 4pm and on Sunday […]

West Virginia Botanic Garden

The West Virginia Botanic Garden is the former Tibbs Run Reservoir, which supplied water to the Morgantown area from 1912 to 1969. Some remnants of the old structures are still visible on the property. These structures can be seen from the Reservoir Loop Trail. Other trails include the Forest Trail, Tibbs Crossing Trail, and the Farside […]

West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey

The Survey is housed in a converted state park lodge that overlooks Cheat Lake. There is a mini-museum displaying minerals, fossils, casts of T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegasaurous and Allosaurus skulls and a full-sized Edmontosaurus dinosaur mounted on the wall.