Founded in 2009, the Wyoming County Historical Museum celebrates the rich history of Wyoming County! Located in Oceana, the museum is completely free to visitors and has a multitude of unique items from a variety of eras including prehistoric, exploration, and settlement as well as local family histories. The museum engages the public through creative events and activities such as photo scavenger hunts, Civil War days, group tours, and kid-friendly activities at local schools. They welcome new volunteers, especially younger people so that the appreciation of history can continue for years to come. If you wish to support the museum, visit their Facebook page to see the many items for sale in their shop.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Craik – Patton House is a splendid example of Greek Revival architecture in the Kanawha River Valley of West Virginia. Constructed in 1834, the Craik- Patton House or “Elm Grove” as it was known then, was built downtown Charleston, Virginia, now West Virginia, by James Craik, grandson of Dr. James Craik close friend and personal physician to President George Washington. Later, the home was purchased by Confederate Colonel George S. Patton I, grandfather of WW2 General George S. Patton. It was moved twice but ultimately was saved by the National Society of Colonial Dames in America in the State of West Virginia and moved in 1973 to its current location.
Arthurdale was the first federal New Deal community. Begun in 1933, the project relocated desperate WV families and gave them a path to a better life. Eleanor Roosevelt was a major force behind the plan and stayed deeply involved with its people for years. It was sold into private hands during WWII.