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July 11, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Showing of "The Last Gallows"
A matinee showing of "The Last Gallows" will be in the historic Alpine Theater on Sunday, July 15th at 2:00 PM.  Admission $10.00, $5.00 for students. DVDs are available from the Ripley Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
June 29, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
The Last Gallows: John Morgan's Farewell
The docudrama "The Last Gallows" will be shown in the historic Alpine Theater in Ripley at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 30th, and Sunday, July 1st.  This 45 minute film tells the story of the brutal murder of Chloe Pfost-Greene, her daughter Matilda and son Jimmy on November 3, 1896.  Details are given about the manhunt for John Morgan, his subsequent trial and the last public hanging in West Virginia which was held on December 16, 1896 at Ripley.  Admission is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students.
DVDs of the film will be available from the Ripley Convention & Visitors Bureau.http://visitripleywv.com/
May 26, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Ripley High School Yearbooks
We are pleased to announce a link to the yearbooks of Ripley High School.  
April 9, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Raid on Ravenswood
The 2nd Annual Raid on Ravenswood will be held April 27th-29th.  The weekend will be filled with Civil War Reenactment Events.  An encampment will be made in the Riverfront Park. General Morgan will speak at the park on Saturday morning and President Lincoln will address the "troops" at Veterans Park later in the day.  All activities are open to the public and free.  For more info visit the Raid on Ravenswood Facebook page.
April 2, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Over 9,100 Obits
We now have over 9,100 obituaries on this website.  Obituaries are one of our most requested resource.  Our obituaries span well over one hundred years.  Thanks to the volunteers who have typed them for the site.
February 28, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Tax Records Added
The tax records for the years 1831, 1832 and 1842 have been added to the site.  These records can be accessed  from the County History section.
February 19, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
History of County & County Seat Added
The Emergence of Jackson County and of Ripley, Its Seat of Justice has been added to our website. This 60-page booklet was published by the Society in 1982.  It can be accessed through our County History section. 
February 4, 2018 By: Maxine Landfried
Searching for old Ripley High Yearbooks
      The Ripley High School Alumni Association is scanning and compiling digital images of the school's yearbooks.  They are searching for copies of yearbooks for the following classes:  1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1943, 1944, 1945, and 1946.  Anyone having a copy of any of these yearbooks should contact RHS Alumni Association President Carolyn Rader at 304.532.0548.
February 3, 2018 By: Tina Faber
Genealogy Reunion
On October 3, 2017, members of the Jackson County Genealogy Group and the Historical Society hosted a meeting of individuals who have and are contributing to a vast internet of information concerning Jackson County genealogy and history. Among the honored guest were Betty Briggs (3rd from right front row) of wvpioneers.com, Danita Smith (4th from right, front row) of castoconnections.com, Les Shockey  (2nd from right front row) of WVGenWeb and JCGenWeb and author Roy Casto (fifth from left,back row) author of the latest Casto Family Book.  Although these honored guests had known one another via email, etc. for years, this was their first meeting in person.   Participants came from CA, NC, OH, VA for the event.  What a great day for genealogy!  Plans are to have a similar event next year.
February 3, 2018 By: Tina Faber
Are you a CASTO?
Roy Casto of Monroe, Virginia has recently published a book, “The Casto Story, An American Journey.”  The book explores the origins of the Castos in America, discusses the first Castos found living in New Jersey in the early 1700’s, and also tracks the William (1717) and David (1721) sides of the family from the early 1700’s until the mid-1800’s.
The book publishes in one place, the current status of Casto genealogical research… including DNA. It contains extensive Family Tree information on the Casto Family and also families closely associated with our Castos.
The author’s grandparents were Roy and Lydia Sayre Casto who lived in the Parchment area of Jackson County.  If you are interested in the history of the Casto Family, you are going to want this book.
The book is 293 pages, indexed and referenced.
For more information and to order visit the website:    http://castoconnections.com/
Jackson County librarian John Faria receives a copy of Casto's book for the library.