Matewan, a town of an estimated 800 people is located in Mingo County West Virginia. Home to mostly miners and small business owners, it is a quaint town with many historic buildings, One being the Matewan United Methodist Church. This beautiful building has been a home for generations of my family and many others.
The first United Methodist church was built in 1927. Soon after it was moved and Construction began on the building we see today, which was made in 1933, and has been renovated numerous times over the decades. It is a beautiful 2 story stone building with a large basement and a steeple, and although the building has appeared in the background of many famous old photographs such as those pertaining to the 1977 flood, and the Matewan Massacre, it is rarely noticed or given a spotlight. It has been like a home for many Over the years and still holds the tradition of a local community dinner every month, feeding hundreds in our local community. I would advise anyone who is interested in the town and it’s history to stop and see this beautiful building.