St. Albans Historical Society
History Heros

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APRIL NEWS: We had a "Show and Tell" at our April 10 meetiong with several people showing some interesting items and old photos and newspaper articles. Welcome to our most recent new members: John and Wilma Kidd and Matt and Joanna Wright !

We had 15 boys from Cross Lanes Tail Life Club and 10 parents vist Morgan's Kitchen April 7 for a tour. The 1 Presbyterian youth will visit the cabin April 24.

FEBRUARY 14, 2016 MEETING - The winter meeting of the St. Albans Historical Society was on Sunday, February 14 at 2 pm. Educator and Charleston City Councilman Cubert Smith was our guest, along with his brother Philander Smith. Meeting was held at the American Legion of the former black school named Carter Woodson School. We had a record number of attenders.. 43 !!

cubert smith  Carter Woodson meeting

         Philander "Sonny" Smith singing

cubert smith  

                 Dr. Cubert Smith

Kevin Bragg received the 2015 WV  History Hero Award at the WV Culture Center Jan. 31, 2016.    Kevin hosts open houses at the society's headquar­ters and museum once a month and during events in town. He has assisted in copying digital interviews with older citizens and works closely with the C&O Depot Museum to coordinate events. Bragg is always ready to volunteer for society events such as Founders Day and Morgan's Kitchen Fall Festival, and he works behind the scenes to get things done.

Kevin Bragg

December Homes Tour:   Our 23nd Annual Christmas Historic Homes Tour was Saturday, December 5. We acquired a KRT Trolley for this year’s tour...thanks to the Chamber of Commerce.  List of this years historic properties:  Historical Society Bldg., C&O Depot, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, St. Paul’s Baptist Church, American Legion Building / Carter Woodson School, Beeches / Smith House, Old Post Office – Chapman Technical, Graley House and the C&O Caboose. Five properties are on the National Register of Historic Places. Over 100 people came on the tour.

School History Project:   Weimer Elem. History Lessons

  Our group is presently teaching some local history to the 5th graders at Weimer Elementary.  Started by Margaret Bassitt in 2011, this is our fourth 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 made beautiful folders with a map inside for them to use and keep their handouts and she had the students make a Morgan Kitchen cabin from construction paper and draw the inside fixtures in October. This project started in September and will run through January, 2016. Hopefully followed by a spring Field Trip.

Ellen Mills-Pauley having class make a Morgan Kitchen cabin from construction paper (below)

Margaret Bassitt (below) died March 30 and she was able to teach this class up into January...when she became ill and died in March, 2015. 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.


- 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.

Donations from Margaret Bassitt’s Family: “St. Albans – a Friendly City, 1938” (original), St. Albans Bridge Dedication 1934 Program, “Kanawha County Images”, Vol. 1 & 2, Central School Children’s Band Uniform (1938-39), 2 antibellum dress, several Historical Society books they have published, several early family histories (Hudsons, Thompsons), College Hiill Cemetery inventory and map, St. Albans High School History (1909-1971), St. Albans greeting cards (sketches), Hayes Jr. High Yearbook – 1990, St. Marks Church brochure – 1971, “Historical Sketch of Early St. Albans” booklet by Dart Ellis, “Early History of St. Albans” by C.D. Hereford, 1950, Founders Day Minutes and Notes., “Coalsmouth” by Dean Braley, “Coal, Steamboats,, Timber and Trains” by Bill Dean. a six old St. Albans High Yearbooks, mostly from the 1930’s and 1940’s.

                     12th Annual Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival

  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 . 

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) 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 - 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)


January  29, 2016 - History Day at Capitol

February 14, 2016 - Regular  Meeting

April 10, 2016  -  Regular  Meeting

May 14, 2016  - Founder’s Day

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.