Historical Society Set To Party Like It’s 1863

The Marshall County Historical Society will celebrate West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial and the state’s history with fun events Saturday in several locations in Glen Dale and Moundsville.

Moundsville Riverfront Park will be bustling with activities, beginning with an opening ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance recited by Delegate David Evans, R-Marshall, and the pledge to the West Virginia flag recited by Delegate Mike Ferro, D-Marshall. The national anthem will be sung by Bobby Wolfe, and state Senate President Jeffrey Kessler, D-Marshall, will read the West Virginia statehood proclamation. Following a dulcimer performance by Laura Cranblet at 12:45 p.m., Joe Geiger, director of West Virginia Archives and History, will talk about the formation of West Virginia as a state.

Park attendees will take a trip back in time watching Joe Bundy of History Alive! impersonate Osborne Perry Anderson, who was with John Brown at the raid of Harper’s Ferry, in costume at 1 p.m. at the park. Bundy will later impersonate Martin Delaney, an African-American soldier during the Civil War and a superintendent of the Underground Railroad at 2:45 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m., Judi Tarowsky will share a story about the role of the Sisters of St. Joseph in caring for the soldiers of the Civil War. The Plumm Lost Band will also perform in the afternoon at 3:15 p.m. A plaque honoring Arch A. Moore Jr., who served in WWII and was governor of West Virginia twice, will be given to his daughter, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

Several displays will be up for viewing at the park, including Tony Ankrom’s World War II collection with war memorabilia such as radios, blankets, jackets and more. There will also be a display on the Benwood Mine Disaster and several PowerPoint presentations and projects put together by students in Marshall County schools. In addition, the Ohio Valley Mountain Men will conduct demonstrations and talk to the crowd, and a wool carding demonstration will take place.

The Marshall County Historical Society will sell concessions during the event. Klug suggested visitors bring their own chairs to the park. Designated parking will be available.

The Cockayne Farmstead will kick off the days of events at 9 a.m. with tours of the first floor and an archeological dig. Attendees can watch the restoration of a farm wagon in progress, as well as the cleaning of artifacts found in the homestead. In addition, there will be a display of the house’s new geothermal energy unit. Murals and models of the house created by students at Sherrard Middle School, based on a print of the farmhouse made in the late 1800s, will also be on display at the house.

The Marshall County Historical Society Museum will give tours from noon to 4 p.m. Genealogy research for area families will also be offered, as well as free cake and ice cream to celebrate the day. The Dakan Homestead at Roseby’s Rock will also have an open house and hold tours 1-4 p.m.

According to Klug, the events are funded by the Marshall County Commission fairs and festivals funds and private donations, while 84 Lumber donated plywood to set up projects and displays.

“We’re celebrating the role of the people of that era who had the courage and the fortitude to stand up for what they believed in,” historical society President Jane Klug said.