Jackson County Historical Society
 

June 29th Event-Ripley, the Man, the Town

A video of the stage production "Ripley; The Man & the Town That Honors His Name" will be presented at the Alpine Theatre at 7:00 P.M.   This year marks the 10th anniversary of the play which focuses on circuit rider Harry Ripley.  Young Ripley drowned in Mill Creek in 1830 and the town was named in his honor two years later.  There is no charge for this program.


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The Jackson County Historical Society
 
Our Society has been collecting information about Jackson County's past since our beginning in 1969.   Our hope is to include much of this information on this website.  Please check the menu at the left to browse all the many topics available.
 


2017 Jackson County History Hero

 
Dallas W. Skeen, a charter member of the Jackson County Historical Society,  was honored as our Jackson County History Hero at a ceremony held in the State Theater at the Culture Center in Charleston on March 9.  The History Heroes from across the state were also recognized in the House of Delegates chamber following the ceremony.  Mr. Skeen has been an active member since the Society was formed in 1969.    He has contributed to the many projects of the Society for over 40 years and gives programs on topics of historic interest to community groups. He has served as president four times and is currently serving as vice president.


Jackson County and Civil War Articles

 
 
In the summer of 1976 The Jackson Herald began a series of articles by Corinne Staats Fisher on Jackson County history.  Mrs. Fisher (1911-1998) was a graduate of Ripley High School, received her AB from Marshall University and her Master's degree from West Virginia University.  The Jackson Newspapers  has graciously given us permission to add this series of articles to our website. 
 
To view the Jackson County articles click here or Civil War articles click here
 
 


8,500 Obituaries and Counting

 
"It is as natural to die as to be born."-----Francis Bacon, 1597
 
Our  Obituaries section now contains over 8,500 obituaries.  These came from a variety of sources.  Thousands had been glued to index cards by volunteers over the years.  Some were glued into composition books, others in notebooks, old textbooks or loose in folders and boxes.  They span well over one hundred years.  While an obituary from the 1800’s is rare a few do exist.   This massive undertaking would not have been possible without the efforts of those who have passed on and left behind their collection of clippings and the volunteers who type them for this website. 
 
The most requested information of genealogists contacting the local libraries or the Society is for obituaries.  The libraries have microfilm of the local newspapers from 1935 to the present with a few earlier years available. 
 
At present there are no plans to put current obits on the site as they are available elsewhere.