The Ritchie County Historical Society was formed in 1973 and was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in 1976.
Old Stone House Museum
Pennsboro B & O Railroad Depot
Pennsboro B & O Depot Trailhead
We invite you to view our current projects which have been made possible by countless hours of volunteer labor and donations received by our members and interested public.
Our Store offers several publications and maps which will prove helpful to those researching family genealogy in Ritchie County.
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Ritchie County, WV, History and Research
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Ritchie County Public Library
The regional genealogy and history library located in the Stone House Museum is available by appointment.
Ritchie County Genealogy and History Library Documents
General History Books
History of a Prominent Ritchie County Wilson Family
The Ritchie County Historical Society announces the addition to its Old Stone House History and
Genealogy Library of a recent, donated history of the Joseph/Joseph Jr./Burlingham/Benjamin B.
Wilson family (Our Wilson Family) authored by Society member Suzanne W. Hadley and her
brother, J. Christopher Wilson. The 212-page history, which includes many photographs, is
described by the authors as a “work in progress.” The authors acknowledge many contributions
over the years, including contributions from such notable Ritchie Countians as Barr Wilson,
Minnie Kendall Lowther, and David and Susan Scott.
The history covers many West Virginia ancestral lines, including paternal lines of Wilson,
Weaver, Collins, Gregg, Doak, Ireland, Burnside, and Lynch and maternal lines of Hufford,
Ellifritt, Dotson, Franks, Flesher, and Marks. The history has been sent to libraries and historical
societies throughout West Virginia wherever ancestors lived, including Taylor, Harrison,
Doddridge, Tyler, Ritchie, Wood, and Jackson counties. It was also sent to the WVU West
Virginia and Regional History Center in Morgantown and to the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Family
History Library in Salt Lake City. The history is available at the Old Stone House and at the
Ritchie County Libraries as a resource for other family history researchers.