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Photo courtesy of Ritchie County Historical Society
View of Pennsboro B & O Railroad Depot 1895. Note the gable roof and smaller size of depot.
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Please contact Ritchie County Historical Society for further information. For family research queries see Surnames and Lookups Links.


All are invited to the historic Pennsboro B&O Depot for a special touring railroad exhibit this summer until August 17th. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is installing the touring railroad exhibit in the Pennsboro B&O Depot, located in Pennsboro, Ritchie County.The exhibit, entitled Riding the Rails: Railroads Connecting West Virginia, will have text panels detailing railroad development in West Virginia and artifacts from the West Virginia State Museum collection. The Pennsboro B&O Depot is located along the North Bend Rail Trail, at the corner of Broadway Street and Collins Avenue. It is open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon - 4 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors can call James Jones at (304) 659-2946 to set up an appointment for alternative hours during the week. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.For more information about the Riding the Rails: Railroads Connecting West Virginia exhibit, contact Charles Morris, director of collections and exhibitions for the Division, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 704.  

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Thanks to Paula Turner for providing the pictures to start this page.
If you have pictures of family or places in Ritchie County that you would
like to share with us. When submitting pictures please send them in JPG
format and please identify as many people as you can in the picture. 
Send them to Photo Album
Visit Ritchie County: Lost in Time
 a page where people can submit stories and accounts pertaining to historical
places, i.e.; ghost towns or places that have been lost in the passage of time. 
History of Ritchie County by Minnie Kendall Lowther
All 55  chapters are now online.  There is some dress up work to done yet.
The Good-Will Community
The History of Holbrook W.Va. 1814-1945
Ritchie County Cemeteries
Ritchie County Cemetery Index
Ritchie County Civil War
To the men of Ritchie County who served in this great struggle.
Can you name anyone in this picture ?
Old Soldiers Reunion at Grandpa Cowans House
Oil Ridge, Ritchie Co. WV 1912 - 1913
(front from left) #3-Morgan B. Watson, #4 - Marmaduke Cowan
(middle from left)  #4 - Harrison Wass, #8 - Cyrus Washburn
(porch from left)  #6 - John Debrular 
Photo Courtesy of Earl Cowan
Unit Rosters
6th Regiment WV Infantry Volunteers
Company D
Company E
6th Regiment WV Calvary Volunteers
August 1864
Company K
10th Regiment WV Infantry Volunteers
December 1864
Company K
14th Regiment WV Infantry Volunteers
Company D
History and Muster Roll
G.A.R. Joe Hooker -Post 45
Auburn, W.V.


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