Troy School District Information came from the following persons:Glenna been, Wilma Wiseman, Nelson Wells, Creed Westfall,Roxie Williams Ellyson andWalter L Moore, Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools 1928-29Pictures from Wilma Wiseman The Bloody Run School was located west of Troy just off Route 47 on the left side of a little road called Road Run Road.Continue reading “BLOODY RUN SCHOOL”

History of the Picture Postcard:

Before, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, there were postcards. We could send a picture of where we had traveled. We could send a picture of ourselves. It was a fun way to keep up with friends and relatives. In many ways it helped track our family history. They even made scrapbooks out of the postcards. IContinue reading “History of the Picture Postcard:”

Gilmer County WV Schools

Taken from: Name Bailey School Glenville Bear Run School Glenville Bell School Tanner Bird School Tanner Bloody Run School Auburn Buckhorn School Auburn Cather School Glenville Cherry Grove School Burnt House Chestnutlick School Normantown Conner School Gilmer Cooper School Burnt House Crooked Run School Tanner Cub School Normantown Dawson School Glenville De Kalb SchoolContinue reading “Gilmer County WV Schools”

WV State Folk Festival: June 15th-18th

We have members with crafts in both the annex and the Holt House. 10 AM Friday and Saturday Carol Wolfe will give basket demonstrations in the Holt House living room. Thursday and Friday, 7 PM, Dave Corcoran and ghost stories; all 3 days, 6:30 PM Lisa Minney will do author readings from her books… WeContinue reading “WV State Folk Festival: June 15th-18th”

To Learn from the Past

 “The dedication of a library is in itself an act of faith. To bring together the records of the past and to house them in buildings where they will be preserved for the use of men and women in the future, a Nation must believe in three things. It must believe in the past. ItContinue reading “To Learn from the Past”

In the Beginning: Gilmer County West Virginia

By: Becky Kirkpatrick-Oppe The Little Kanawha Valley was first visited by Europeans; William Lowther, Jesse and Ellis Hughes in 1772, when they passed through our area. Toward the end of the Revolutionary War, Adam O’Brien and his son-in-law Peter McCune came through scoping out the valley. Peter must have liked what he saw here. HeContinue reading “In the Beginning: Gilmer County West Virginia”

Roaming the Back Roads

by Genny Kirkpatrick, written for the Retired Gilmer County School Employees’ News Letter Trace Fork School Gilmer County WV One Room Schools  Trace Fork School was first held in an old round log building about one-half mile from the mouth of Trace Fork where L.H. “Dode” Lydick later lived.  Teachers were James Taylor (1867) andContinue reading “Roaming the Back Roads”

Floods in Gilmer County WV

                                Floods, have had a huge impact on Gilmer County through the years. We have had several nasty ones in my lifetime. As a child, it was always a big deal to drive to Glenville to see the water coming up under the stoplight. Jon boats would be moving through the streets helping people out.Continue reading “Floods in Gilmer County WV”

March 23,2023

West Virginia Humanities Council If you’re going to be in Glenville on Thursday (March 23), you’ll have two opportunities to catch History Alive! performances. JoAnn Peterson will be taking on dual roles. At 1 p.m., she will appear as First Lady Abigail Adams at the Gilmer County WV Historical Society at 302 East Main StreetContinue reading “March 23,2023”

After You Research Your Family Tree

Many people contact us at the historical society to ask for our help in researching their family tree. There are a lot of websites out there that you can use to help. Some are free for copies of family photos and documents! Free Sites to check out: Researching Your Family Tree? Ancestry Free Indexes CastleContinue reading “After You Research Your Family Tree”

Who We Are & What We Do

Who are the members of the Gilmer County Historical Society and what do we do? How do we use the funds that we raise to provide value to the community and it’s members? Good questions, right? First, we are all volunteers and we have no paid staff. We are a group of people who enjoyContinue reading “Who We Are & What We Do”

Fiber Arts Display

Our new Gilmer county Fiber Arts Guild (in conjunction with the historical society) has been working on a fiber arts display in the historic Holt House in preparation for this years annualWest Virginia State Folk Festival in June. You can come down early and explore this excellent display by the guild during regular open hoursContinue reading “Fiber Arts Display”