THE MOUNTAIN HOMESTEAD
Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia | 509 Ewart Ave. P.O. Box 2514 Beckley, WV 25802
With the Statement of Purpose as our guide, twenty years ago the Museum began the painstaking process of developing a recreated mountain settlement to be interpreted between the years of 1840 to 1910. Now completed, the Museum’s Mountain Homestead is situated on one acre of land directly behind the Youth Museum facility.
Trained interpreters explain the importance of each reconstructed historical building. You may visit the weaver’s shed – complete with loom and spinning wheels. In the two-story log house, listen as the guide explains the many interesting artifacts and antiques made and used by the rugged individuals that settled this region. Step back in time as you enter the one room school and experience “readin’, writin’, and rithmetic’” as it used to be. The barn, blacksmith shop, and general store all help to complete this rich historical journey of the late 19th century.