Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories about local, economical trips for the summer months.
QUIET DELL - Locally crafted jams, jellies, quilts and wood work are among the many items that line the walls of the West Virginia Heritage Crafts Co-Op, located in Quiet Dell.
"We try to stress the heritage arts of all natures," WVHC treasurer Joyce Harlow said. "We carry a wide supply of products in the shop. We have locally grown herbs and spices, honey, jams and jellies, hand-made quilts, jewelry and much, much more. We have items that are unique and not manufactured in other countries. It helps the local economy and local people."
Completely staffed by volunteers, the co-op has been in business since 1987. The shop features West Virginia made handcrafts, along with a museum and periodically scheduled craft classes.
"We are the oldest operating co-op in West Virginia," Harlow said.
"We are located in the old Quiet Dell grade school house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. We don't have any paid employees, all of our members work at the shop to keep it open. Everything we offer is made by West Virginia artisans."
WVHC is a co-op, meaning members/co-owners are paid as their items sell. Sales, staffing, maintenance, administration and other duties are all provided by the group.
New members are welcome. However, in order to have your products in the shop, members must work the equivalent of two days each month in the shop. A quality control committee is also in place to evaluate all member's items. New members' items cannot duplicate what is already in the store and must meet the standards of the quality control committee.
The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum also shares facilities with West Virginia Heritage Crafts. Its purpose is to promote the legacy of the CCC and the men and women who served in the CCC and the many contributions they made during the Great Depression in helping rebuild America. More than 400 pieces of memorabilia are on display at the museum.
The WVHC is located about two-tenths of a mile south of the I-79/U.S. Route 20 interchange, across from the BP station. The store is open year-round, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. However, the museum is closed on Tuesdays. For more information call 304-622-3304.