Preston County History Day
Celebrate the last Preston County History Day of the year on October 16 along with the extensive preservation efforts carried out by many volunteers over the years.
Visit Arthurdale Heritage, open 10 AM–3 PM; the Aurora Area Historical Society Museum, 1 PM–4 PM; the McGrew House in Kingwood, 1 PM-3 PM; the Szilagyi Center museums in Rowlesburg from 1 PM– 4 PM; and the History House Museum in Terra Alta, 1-4 PM.
Yes, Eleanor Roosevelt is a part of the story at Arthurdale, the nation’s first New Deal subsistence homestead community constructed by the federal government to help families during the Great Depression. Her 33 trips made there gave her the opportunity to evaluate the project’s progress.
Stop in at Aurora’s museum along Rt. 50 to learn about its mountaintop resort days from the 1880s when hotels, casinos and pool halls brought big city residents to the county, along with displays of a well-stocked vintage general store with products we don’t see anymore. Enjoy all the quilt squares on the building’s side too.
The multi-story brick home of one of the founding fathers of West Virginia, James McGrew, will show you the lifestyles of the day. His business endeavors also helped Kingwood and the county grow. Additional displays show other aspects of Kingwood at earlier times.
At the Szilagyi Center, housed in the old school in Rowlesburg, you can learn about the challenges our servicemen faced in World War II, also about our county’s high school sports heroes over the years, and aspects of construction of railroad bridges. Also, check out the Cannon Hill sign in the nearby riverfront park explaining the April 1863 skirmish when the Confederate army showed up to destroy the railroad bridge.
The History House has archives of family and other county historical records, along with rooms of exhibits about earlier ways of life, to explore. Check out the preserved animal collection but not right after eating.
Also, there are three outdoor Civil War Trail sites near Aurora and Rowlesburg explaining the failed Confederate raid meant to blow up the railroad bridge on Cheat River and its effect on those areas of the county.
Preston County, WV, USA