St. Albans Historical Society
School photos and History

Welcome !!






- Morgan's Kitchen OPEN  on Sundays (June - August) 2-4 pm - FREE...

- St. Francis Elementary 4th Grade Field Trip on May 20- They took a History field trip of the C&O Depot, St. Albans Historical Society museum, a drive down historic Main St., a tour of Teays Hill Cemetery and it's Indian Mound and Morgan's Kitchen.

RECENT DONATIONS - School Bell from a classroom from Fairview Elementary; 10 ledger books from Sattes Grist Mill at Lower Falls from 1860's to 1900; old photos from Central Grade School; Borden Burger drinking glasses; "1938 St. Albans" book; 6 St. Albans High School Yearbooks (1930's and 40's).

SEPTEMBER MEETING - The next meeting of the St. Albans Historical Society will be on Sunday, Septermber 13 at 2 pm. More later. 

APRIL  MEETING - The Coal River Group invited the Historical Society to come to their nice facility at Tornado for a program about Coal River and its revitilazation. Bill Currey spoke. 

coal river group

School History Project:

The St. Albans Historical Society just finished teaching local history to the 4th grade class at St. Francis Elementary. Thanks to Margaret Bassitt, Neil Richardson and Ellen Pauley for volunteering. They met there every Thursday at 1:30 pm for 30 minutes of instruction.

Margaret Bassitt died March 30 and she was able to teach this class up into January...when she became ill. She loved doing this project and many children have been touched by her influence over the years....especially the past 3 years doing this project at Alban, Weimer and St. Francis.




                  12th Annual Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival

  The Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival, sponsored by the St. Albans Historical Society, will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Morgan's Kitchen Museum along MacCorkle Ave.  Activities include apple butter making, cabin tours, arts & crafts, displays, Civil War and Pioneer re-enactors and old time music and food .............   

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)  (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.


New Book - We have re-printed a 1932 book about the Civil War "Battle of Scary" Creek and it is available at the The Village Sampler. THIS NOW MAKES A TOTAL OF 13 BOOKS the St, Albans Historical society has for sale...and one DVD !!  See: Books for Sale

Rosedale Torn Down:

   The oldest house in St. Albans was leveled on January 29, 2015, after being severely burnt in a December 2013 fire. Built around 1818, it was located on the old James River & Kanawha Turnpike, now Kanawha Terrace. Early settler to Coalsmouth, Morris Hudson, purchased this land from George Washington’s niece, Elizabeth Spotswood, who had acquired it from her great uncle George Washington. Hudson’s son Samuel Hudson built this house around 1818. It was originally where the St. Albans High School now stands and it was moved across the street in 1954 when the school was built.

   The house had been an apartment for many years and only a few years ago was made into a single family dwelling. It was for sale and vacant when it burnt, causing much damage to the roof. The Historical Society did retrieve a ceiling joist that had hand cut mortise and tenon joints and wooden pins, as well as several hand cut nails used in the clapboard siding. The joist was cut with a whipsaw, which is obvious from it’s up and down saw marks. These saws were hand operated sawmills that existed in this area at this time and were used before circular saws, which came to this area around the mid 1800’s. Richardson stated that the next oldest house in town is the Turner House on B Street which was built in 1832, and Ravenswood, built in 1833


   (Above) Rosedale house being moved around 1951...

when construction started on the High School

Rosedale demolished


Recent Donations:
   -   "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 - 2015 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)

August 1, 2015 - Historical Bldg. Open House, Saturday, 11-2 pm


September 13, 2015 - Regular Meeting

October 10, 2015 - Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival                             

October 17,18 & 24,25, 2015 - Fall Train Open House at Bldg.(8-9:30am)

November 8, 2015 - Regular Meeting

December 5, 2015 - Christmas Historic Homes Tour, Saturday, 6 - 9 p.m.