The Pocahontas County Historical Society Museum opened for its 49th season with volunteer workers for the Memorial Day weekend. Khristian Smith is again our host for the summer. Once again, we will be open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be operated by volunteers on Sundays and Mondays. We will be charging the same admission fees as last year, which includes a family rate of $10 for two adults and all accompanying children. We hope that local people will avail themselves of this to bring their children to see the many, many items, all from Pocahontas County, that tell the story of their heritage.
The Historical Society met on April 30, but postponed our next meeting since it would have fallen on Memorial Day and, therefore, coincided with our preparations of the museum for opening.
The June Historical Society meeting will be Monday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Huntersville School. Currently, the Historical Society owns the Huntersville Jail and a vote will be taken at that meeting to transfer ownership of the Jail to the Huntersville Historical Traditions group, who wish to maintain and care for it. The Jail will be open prior to the meeting at 6:30 p.m. for tours. Also at that meeting we will discuss plans for the Society's participation in Pioneer Days and members are invited to bring with them memorabilia (pictures and/or items) which reflect the history of their families or the county's history. Everyone is welcome.
Last year we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of PCHS in 1961. The society went on to spend 1962 converting the Hunter House into a museum and acquiring objects to exhibit, which would reflect the history of this area's past. They were working under a deadline: to open the museum as a grand celebration for the State of West Virginia's 100th anniversary, June 20, 1963. We are now looking forward to celebrating the State's Sesquicentennial next year, and have a similar goal: to make the museum ready for its next 50 years of telling the story of the people of Pocahontas County. Please join us and spread the news about our collection, as well as coming to visit us again-or for the first time.