Tyler County Heritage & Historical Society

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When I adopted the Tyler County WVGenWeb site on February 12, 2023, I made this page for the existing information about the museum and the historical society.

Today, March 21, 2023, I still have no idea what needs to changed on this page. Is the society still active? Is the museum still opening from May thru October? Is the reprint of the 1984 Tyler County history book still available?

If you know the answers and can help me edit this page, I will be grateful.

Linda Fluharty - LCFLU@aol.com

This page is for the Tyler County Heritage and Historical Society, the Tyler County Museum, and the history of the Tyler County High School.

LONG RANGE FUND ORGANIZED

The Finance Committee has initiated a long range fund drive that will permit the museum to function in the years ahead. You can contribute to this important effort by sending a tax deductible contribution to the Tyler County Museum, PO Box 317 Middlebourne, WV 26149. Note on the check that it is for the "Long Range Fund". The Museum always needs more volunteers for the museum.

Tyler County Heritage and Historical Society
P. O. Box 317
Dodd Street
Middlebourne, WV 26149

Museum Hours Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Museum is open from May through October and other times by request (304-758-4288 or 304-758-4432). You may also contact us via email at: tchandhs@verizon.net

Museum

Old Tyler County High School
Photo donated by Dr. Chris Wilson.

Our building was built in 1908 to serve all of Tyler County as an educational institution. It is unique in that it was the First County High School in the state of West Virginia. Our building served the community as Tyler County High School from the Fall of 1908 until the Fall of 1993.

In the Fall of 1994 the Tyler County Heritage & Historical Society acquired Tyler County High School from the Tyler County Board of Education and established a museum to preserve the history of this nationally registered landmark located in Middlebourne, West Virginia. It is a place to preserve our individual, local and state history.

In the early spring of 1995 the Society began the restoration and refurbishing of the old school building, turning it into the new Tyler County Museum. On August 26 the museum opened to the public with a grand celebration.

The Museum has 16 interesting rooms of historic relics and documents, such as: a Civil War diary, seats from Sistersville's Opera House, sheepskin documents which date back into the 1700's and an old steamer trunk and a rope bed from the 1800's era.

The Museum houses a counter Gift Shop with many lovely and unique crafts made by Tyler Countians; a Genealogy Department, with lots of family histories; a Farm & Industry Room stocked full of antique tools; an early 1800's Church Room; a Veterans Room that reflects our men in combat; a complete Boy Scout Room and a Tyler County High School Alumni Room in which they have Yearbooks, Class Pictures and etc. that date back to yesteryears when the students were young and prices were affordable.

Come visit our Tyler County Museum! Let us take you back to the good old days in Tyler County history and leave with you many memories to share about our kinfolk.

Special tour times are available by appointment only. To inquire about the museum or make an appointment for a tour, Call: 1-304-758-2100. If no answer leave a message with your name and phone number, so the call can be returned.

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP AND PUBLICATIONS

MEMBERSHIP for one calendar year (members - same address) ----------- $10.00

Annual membership entitles members to the Heritage Windows - the 20-page quarterly newsletter published by the society. Free queries may be placed in newsletter by members. Non-members will be charged $1.00 for queries. The year begins with the January issue of the newsletter. All new members will receive copies of all four newsletters no matter what month during the calendar year membership is paid.

If a response from the Society is desired, please include a SASE.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN THE GENEALOGY ROOM OF THE MUSEUM

These materials may be viewed while visiting the museum. They are not available for check out or research other than while at the museum. The museum personnel are providing this information for the use of persons doing Tyler County Genealogy Research. Click here to view material available.

THE MUSEUM GIFT SHOP

The museum has a gift shop that carries items of interest to Tyler County residents and those doing genealogy research of the area. Click here to view items available in the Gift Shop.

REPRINTING HISTORY OF TYLER COUNTY, WV VOL. 1 (1984)

The Tyler County Heritage & Historical Society is announcing the reprinting of the hardbound, collector's edition History of Tyler County, WV, Book Volume 1(1984). For information contact the Museum at 304-758-2100.

The cost of this book is $79.50, and if shipped $87.50. Your check or money order is payable to: Tyler County Heritage & Historical Society.

There are also available copies of the companion book to the 1984 Tyler County History; The History of Tyler County WV, Volume 2 (2005). It is available through the Tyler County Heritage & Historical Society at a cost of $62.50, and with postage and handling, $69.50. Information may be obtained by calling: 304-758-2100.

 

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