Built In 1758, The Oldest House In West Virginia’s Pendleton County Is Now A Museum You Can Visit
Do old buildings fascinate you? There are plenty to go around in West Virginia, from old churches to old mills to old businesses to old houses. And while many are off limits, you can definitely visit the oldest house in West Virginia’s Pendleton County – it’s been converted to a history museum.
Over 260 years ago, a hand-hewn log building was constructed in what is now West Virginia's Pendleton County. Originally a pioneer fort a few miles from its current location, it was rebuilt as a home in its current location in the early 1800s.
In the intervening years, it's been updated in various ways, but inside, there's still evidence that it's the same old house, with the original rough cut log walls.
Are you wondering how you might catch a glimpse of this historic treasure for yourself? Wonder no more - the Boggs House is now a house museum managed by the Pendleton County Historical Society, and you can tour it by appointment.
You can find this beautiful old house filled with interesting history in Franklin, West Virginia.
Not only does the Boggs House Museum house various historic home furnishings, but there's also a space dedicated to Pendleton County men who served in World War I.
In fact, for a small house museum, the Boggs House boasts an astounding variety. Displays include (but aren't limited to) primitive tools, Civil War and World War II artifacts, folk art, and antique quilts and blankets.
To learn more about this historic treasure,
visit the Pendleton County Historical Society’s website. To schedule a tour, contact them at (304) 358-2869. Are you aware of the many small house museums scattered throughout the state, many of them managed by local historical societies? They hide so many treasures that you probably never expected to find in West Virginia, including fascinating mementos like a piece of the Berlin Wall.
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