Welcome to the
Ritchie County Historical Society

The Ritchie County Historical Society was formed in 1973 and was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation in 1976.
Located in west-central West Virginia, Ritchie County was created in 1843 from parts of Harrison, Lewis and Wood Counties.

Named after distinguished Richmond journalist Thomas Ritchie, the county has vast historical significance and continues to be a contender in today's world with growing population, business and industry, and productive agriculture.

The Ritchie County Historical Society, established in 1973, provides historical and educational information about the development of Ritchie County and the significance of its residents.

Our Old Stone House Museum is filled with artifacts and memorabilia from many different periods of the county's history, plus houses a regional genealogy and history library.

Adjacent top photo is a team of horses in front of The Auburn House Hotel circa 1905; bottom photo is the Pennsboro Depot.

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.

Join Us Today and help preserve the history and heritage of Ritchie County.

Tours, Hours
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History and


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President - David Scott
1st Vice President - Charles Dotson
2nd Vice President - Mike Nichols
Secretary/Treasurer - Susan Scott

Our Mission Statement
The Ritchie County Historical Society, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to:
 •Discover, procure, preserve and publish whatever may relate to Ritchie County's natural, traditional, civil, military, literary and genealogical history of interest to this and future generations, and
 •Encourage the study of and research into archaeology, genealogy, sociology and other matters of history of this area.