The Hancock County Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is on Rt. 2 in New Cumberland, WV, and was built in 1887 by Oliver Sheridan Marshall, a teacher and attorney who served in the WV legislature for 12 years and as President of the WV Senate for one term. The Marshall House was constructed of brick made from local clay and lumber from Marshall’s family farm. The first floor features magnificent pocket doors accessing the parlor from both the library and foyer, highlighted by a unique paneled alcove. The winding staircase extends three stories to the attic. Permanent exhibits feature local events and industries, such as brickyards, the apple industry, pottery, and mining. An exhibit of military uniforms and memorabilia is displayed in John Marshall’s former bedroom. Special exhibits change yearly; we’ve had an exhibit of antique wedding gowns, and are presently featuring a Steamboat Exhibit.
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