Marshall County Historical Society
Since 1989, this former West Virginia church mission has been operated as a local history museum by the Marshall County Historical Society. The museum includes exhibits drawn from their collection of local photographs, military artifacts and uniforms, antiques, and other items related to the history of the community that have been donated by local residents. Past Marshall County businesses are also represented with items from Marx Toys, the Moundsville Stamping Plant, and Fostoria, among others. The organization also operates a small local history and genealogy room that includes a collection of books on regional and West Virginia history, local newspapers and manuscripts, and Moundsville High School Yearbooks. The museum is staffed with volunteers, and while the organization has limited regular hours, these local residents are happy to accommodate requests for tours with advance notice.
Backstory and Context
As fewer immigrants arrived in the area and future generations assimilated and intermarried, the need for the mission declined and many of the old family homes were torn down to make room for a widening of West Virginia Route. The former mission church was sold in the early 1970s to Bethel Christian Fellowship and served the community once again as a church for nearly two more decades. In 1989, the Moundsville Historical Society purchased the property and established the museum.
Nancy Murphy of Bethel Christian Fellowship, interviewed by Susan Jones, June 21, 2018.
Edmund Grose, Marshall County Historical Society volunteer, interviewed by Susan Jones, June 21, 2018.