Purpose of the Society
The purpose of the Society is to further the awareness of history with emphasis on the Monongalia County area, which initially was composed of several present-day West Virginia counties as well as a portion of southwestern Pennsylvania. To do this, the Society conducts four dinner meetings each year with programs involving historical subjects. Meetings are held at 6:15 PM at the Suncrest United Methodist Church in Morgantown (Van Voorhis Road) on the third Fridays of March, May, September, and November. Sometimes, to fit the church event schedule, the November meeting will be moved to a different Friday. The current dinner cost is $10.00; persons not wishing to have dinner can attend the program portion of the meeting at approximately 7 pm, without charge.
All members receive the quarterly newsletter with articles of local interest, and an Annual Proceedings booklet which contains historical manuscripts. In addition several monographs have been published and are for sale to the public.
The Society also serves as a contact point for persons looking for genealogical information and several members will undertake related research for individuals not residing in the local area.
Another function of the Society is to aid in preserving artifacts and documents of local interest.
In 1980 the Easton Roller Mill was deeded to the Society, and currently houses items of historical interest. However, the main function of the mill is for educational purposes, and tours and open houses are regularly conducted.
Next Meeting, March 20, 2020
Society meetings are held at 6:15 p.m. at the Suncrest United Methodist Church in Morgantown (Van Voorhis Road) on the third Fridays of March, May, September and November.
Visitors are welcome!
The mill was constructed in 1867, and is a large 3 1/2 story building located on West Run in Easton, Monongalia County. It was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1976. The application for the listing can be found at http://www.wvculture.org/shpo/nr/pdf/monongalia/78002806.pdf
The mill was originally powered with steam and a coal-burning boiler, but is now operated with a compressed air system for demonstrations.
A fall “Mill Day” has been held for many years that features pancake meals, mill tours and demonstrations of historical interest such as sheep shearing, chair caning, and flour sack and textile displays.