ARTHURDALE, W.Va. – Preston County History Days takes you back in time to the good old days throughout Preston County.
Travel through Preston County visiting these six historic sites, Arthurdale Heritage, Aurora Area Historical Society Museum, McGrew House in Kingwood, Szilagyi Center Museum, Terra Alta Historic House Museum and Tunnelton Train Depot.
- Arthurdale Heritage has a museum commemorating the nation’s first New Deal 165 community, promoted by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Moreover, they organize various classes on weaving, blacksmithing, goat yoga and much more.
- The Aurora Area Historical Society Museum shows why Aurora was one of the first areas settled in Preston County and at one time was a summer resort town for wealthy residents looking to get out in the mountain air. Aurora also has a Civil War Trail site you can follow.
- The McGrew House in Kingwood, which is the home of businessman James C. McGrew, who helped West Virginia become the 35th state. Moreover, his wife also helped to make life in Preston County better than before.
- The Szilagyi Center Museum in Rowlesburg has several museums featuring World War II, Preston County High School sports heroes and railroad bridges. Rowlesburg also has a Civil War trail site you can follow.
- The Historic House Museum in Terra Alta has antique weapons, armor, cameras, musical instruments, farm equipment and shows how people lived in the past. Additionally, you can trace family lines with Genealogy.
- Tunnelton Train Depot shows how railway life affected the local community in the late 20th century. The Train Depot was built in 1913 by the B&O Railroad with several historic tunnels nearby.
“During the week we often have tourists from outside the area stopping by, so on days like Preston County History Day we love to see members of the local community come out and it’s great to see them engaged and learning about our local history, said Elizabeth Satterfield. curator and director at Arthurdale Heritage
If you missed the Preston County History Days on Sunday, there will be another on September 18th and October 16th.
To learn more information about Arthurdale Heritage Inc., click here.