Community and Cultural sites in AFNHA
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The town of Helvetia, West Virginia was founded in 1869 by Swiss and German immigrants. Kultur Haus Helvetia houses a small museum, the Helvetia General Store, Post Office, and Alpen Lodge.The architecture of the houses and the town meeting hall in this community is where the historical value truly lies. People who venture in are able to see the amalgam of different styles that have remained in families for generations. With at times almost a garish color pallet, these houses distinguish themselves from the mountain background while retaining the individuality of the owner.While this community is a bit of a drive to reach, people do get the opportunity to look at a town tucked away into the mountain side. The bed and breakfast has also reached national recognition, from the Food Network Channel to local politicians. Helvetia was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Riverside School was built in 1906 to serve the African American community of Elkins, West Virginia. Riverside was the only African American elementary school in Randolph County from 1905 to 1954. It was the only African American high school in Randolph County from 1928 to 1954. When segregation ended in 1954, the school closed its doors to students. Riverside School represents the history of segregated schooling in West Virginia. The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia added Riverside School to the Endangered Properties List in 2010.
Centered around the Coal & Coke Company, the Coke Ovens were a very essential toward the process of turning coal into coke. As the process goes, the coal would be heated up in the ovens to burn any impurities out of it.