Discover the diverse history of South Charleston
Take some time to discover the vibrant history of our city. From our native american origins to the Belgian Glassblowers to Rosie the Riveter of World War II…you will find interesting artifacts that tell the stories in local museums.
Interpretive Center Adena Culture
The purpose of the South Charleston Interpretive Center is to inform you of the beauty, history and importance of the Midland Trail and the Adena Indians. The Center helps visitors travel back in time to learn of the people and culture, which once existed along the trail.
The Center features the Criel Mound (Creel). Throughout the facilities you will find exhibited models, artifacts, brochures, pictures, films, a reader rail, maps of other various Adena Indian Mounds located in the area and maps of the six counties on the Midland Trail. A kiosk which will inform you of the area history is also housed at the Center.
The museum opened their Belgian Glass Display at the city’s Interpretive Center located at 313 D Street in 2009. Stan Bumgardner created the display for the museum to honor our city’s first business, the Belgian window glass company. Banner and Dunkirk were the first two companies to locate in the city in the early 1900’s.
Since 1989 the South Charleston Museum Foundation has been working to preserve the past and present for the future. The museum is noted for its contribution to the city. It highly depicts the past and present culture and history of South Charleston and its early settlers. It protects, preserves, and exhibits the artifacts, historical documents, and photos that tell the story of the city.
In July 2010, the South Charleston Museum kicked off an initiative to document the history and stories of people who worked in the Chemical industry by collecting artifacts, photos and conducting oral interviews.