Historic Preservation

Daniel Walker/ WVPB

The West Virginia Historic Preservation Office is awarding 21 grants, totaling more than $400,000, to help rebuild and restore historic sites across the state. One of the projects includes a grant to help make repairs to one of the last remaining operational gristmills in the state.


Office of the Governor

Forty-two West Virginia counties are receiving state grants for historic preservation.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the grants yesterday. He says they will help enhance access to public records and maintain historic sites around the state.

Funding for the program comes from filing fees collected by county clerks.

Fairmont Lights a Fire Under Historic Preservation Effort

Sep 26, 2014
Vintage photo of firemen and fire response vehicles in front of Firehouse on Monroe Street in Fairmont
Courtesy Firehouse Cafe Facebook Page

The City of Fairmont is closer to moving forward on a downtown historic preservation project which officials hope will attract creative people and additional activity. Fairmont City Council officially accepted a State Historic Preservation Grant this week and filed a related covenant restricting how the building – the old city firehouse – can be used. The grant of nearly $50,000 will be matched by the city and will help pay for a new roof on the building.

Charles Gordon Clark / creativecommons.org

There are many ways to research and learn about our past, but for one historian, studying gravestones and its cemeteries is one of the best ways to find out more about a town’s history.