Various museums throughout the region allow visitors the opportunity to explore local history.
The Barbour County Historical Society Museum is located in Philippi next to the covered bridge. The museum is home to a full range of items that span the history of Barbour County. The restored railroad depot houses many artifacts from the first land battle of the Civil War as well as the famous "Philippi Mummies."
The museum is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge to for the museum unless you want to see the mummies, which costs $1.
The West Virginia Museum of American Glass in Weston is dedicated to the region and nation's glass heritage. The museum features several glass exhibits and is the home to the National Marble Museum. The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit wvmag.bglances.com or call 304-269-5006.
The Tucker County Historical Museum is located in the former Parsons High School. The museum's collection consists of historic photographs, artifacts, antiques and genealogical materials dealing with the history of Tucker County from the 1800s to more recent times. The museum is open Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The CCC Museum in Watoga State Park houses photos from the various CCC Camps in West Virginia and several items used by CCCs in the 1930s. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some of the items include letters and proclamations about the CCCs.
The Droop Mountain Museum in Pocahontas County displays a collection of artifacts mostly found at the site of the Nov. 6, 1863, Civil War Battle of Droop Mountain. Some of the items include cannon shells, bullets, firearms, buckles and uniform buttons. The museum is in the Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Pocahontas County Historical Museum is located in Marlinton in The Frand and Anna Hunter Home. This landmark has exhibits from all around the county including Civil War letters and currency, pioneer looms and medical equipment and Pearl Buck Library. The museum also houses Pocahontas County history displays and a photo collection. All of the exhibits in the museum were donated by residents of the county. Museum hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from early June to Labor Day.
Out in Hillsboro lies a museum dedicated to the life of Pearl S. Buck. The museum is the restored house of Buck and offers guided tours Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $1 for students. The museum documents the life of Buck, who won the Pulitzer Prize Literature for her novel "The Good Earth." The museum is open from May to November.
For museums in Randolph County, take a trip to the Swiss village of Helvetia to have a look at colonial life featuring settlers' log cabins, pioneer tools and household items. One of the village's very unique exhibits is of an original flag from 1869.
Helvetia offers school tours and individual tours, but by appointment only. To make an appointment, call Eleanor Mailloux at 304-924-6435.