Nestled in the heart of West Virginia, the Clarksburg History Museum stands as a beacon of local history and culture. It opened its doors to the public on November 11, 2018, in honor of Clarksburg’s Veterans’ Day celebration. Since its inception, the museum has become a place of learning and inspiration, connecting the community with the city’s rich heritage.
Pioneered by an enthusiastic group of volunteers, the Clarksburg History Museum has hosted nearly a thousand students, providing them with engaging and educational exposure to their local history. From exhibits that honor local veterans to interactive displays that transport you to early 20th-century coal mines, the museum offers a unique blend of education and entertainment that sparks curiosity.
One of the museum’s most compelling features is its captivating exhibits dedicated to prominent figures in Clarksburg history. These include John Snyder Carlile, a U.S. senator instrumental in the pro-union movement in Clarksburg, and John W. Davis, the only presidential nominee hailing from West Virginia. Additionally, the museum houses exhibits on Clarksburg natives Stonewall Jackson, a significant General officer during the American Civil War, and his sister, Laura Jackson Arnold, an unwavering supporter of the Union. For literary enthusiasts, the museum also boasts a library filled with books dedicated to Clarksburg’s history.
Two of the more unique exhibits of area history are that of the notorious serial killer Harry Powers, infamous for luring his victims through ‘lonely hearts’ advertisements, and Gray Barker, a paranormal propagandist and American author famous for his writings centered around UFOs and various paranormal occurrences.
The Stonewall Jackson Civil War Tour is an ongoing event of note. The tour takes place on the first Saturday of each month at 9 am at the Clarksburg History Museum. It includes visits to historical landmarks such as Waldomore, the Jackson Family birthplace, and the civil war trenches at Lowndes Hill, among other exciting locations. The tour concludes at the Harrison County Courthouse Plaza. This in-depth tour offers an incredible opportunity to immerse oneself in the history of Clarksburg and the Civil War era. The tours provide an opportunity to: Explore Downtown Clarksburg, Art Gallery, Railroad Club, Historic Architecture, and shop local businesses. The cost is $25. Visit https://www.clarksburghistorymuseum.com/historic-tours for more information.
Welcoming people from all walks of life, the Clarksburg History Museum strives to ensure that every visit is an exciting, enriching, and educational experience. Whether you’re a seasoned historian or a curious traveler, this extraordinary museum offers an opportunity to explore, understand, and appreciate the vibrant heritage of Clarksburg and Harrison County.
Plan your visit today by visiting their website or reach out via phone at (304) 641-4549 or by email at Clarksburghistorymuseum@gmail.com. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 11 AM – 3 PM weekly. Dive into the rich tapestry of Clarksburg’s past, present, and future at the Clarksburg History Museum!