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Page Contents for Craigsville, West Virginia

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History & History-related items

City Attractions

Community news

Community events.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.


Statistics & Facts

The West Virginia state capital is Charleston.
The population of Craigsville is approximately 1,955 (1990), 2213 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 841 (1990), 915 (2010).
The amount of land area in Craigsville is 15.112 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Craigsville to Washington DC is 209 miles.
The distance to the West Virginia state capital is 55 miles. (as the crow flies)
Craigsville is positioned 38.32 degrees north of the equator and 80.64 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

The Ritchie House and General Store
The Ritchie house was built by Henry Cox and Son, Corby. They lived there for a time before selling it to Dana Nutter and his mother, Bertha. The Nutters spent several years there and moved elsewhere. They rented the house to Paris and Leatha Herold. The last owners of the house were Kenneth and Charlotte (Morrison) Ritchie. The General Store was located in the intersection of town, it was owned and operated by Kenneth and Charlotte Ritchie. The store was built by Alephus and his father, Finley Morrison. Kenneth bought the building from them and the store opened in 1946. Both the house and store were burned by the C.B.C. Volunteer Fire Dept. to make way for a Senior Citizens complex and new Rite-Aid, the Complex was named after Mr. Kenneth Ritchie.
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Craigsville Fall Festival
The Craigsville Fall Festival now has a new hotline in which you can listen to an automated recording of festival events and you may enter contests through it. Please feel free to call this hotline at (304) 742-5829.
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Craigsville Community News

The"HONORARY MAYOR RACE" will be held again this year (1999) stated presiding Mayor Daniel Armstrong. We NEED CANDIDATES to run again this year. It is with great pleasure to be the wonderful O.D.T.U.T. Mayor. You need to run if you're well-known because the funds raised from the jars placed in businesses is what makes the next year's festival. Mayor Armstrong needs some real competition from someone who is well-known in the area and can raise us some money.
Please feel free to contact Mayor Daniel Armstrong for information on becoming a candidate. Currently in the race is Presiding Mayor Armstrong and Candidate Arley Johnson.

Craigsville Community Events

1999, September 9-18
Craigsville Fall Festival
Place: Main Street Craigsville and on the school grounds
Time: varies, so check brochures at local businesses
Sponsored by: Craigsville Fall Festival Committee and local businesses
Hi, my name is Daniel Armstrong and I am the "Mayor" of Craigsville for the 1998-1999 term. This year we will be holding another mayor race and we need people to file for candidacy to run. Please watch our local Nicholas Chronicle for filing forms. Once you file you will be contacted by Mayor Armstrong. He will advise you of everything you need to know regarding the race.
This year's festival will hopefully be the best ever as we seen great improvement in last year's festival. Please plan to attend. Tentatively scheduled this year is a Street Dance, a Talent Show, Beauty Pageants, Kid's Races, and Much, Much More. Hope to see you there.
NEW NEW NEW!!!!!!!
This year our festival has a hotline in which you can call for festival information.
The hotline will start on June 15, 1999 and the number is (304) 742-5829!

Craigsville Libraries

Craigsville Public Library
phone: 304-742-3532
hours: Mon,Wed,Fri 9a.m.-5p.m.-- Tue,& Thur 9a.m.-6p.m.
Saturdays 10a.m.-1p.m. except in June,July, and August
librarian: Nancy Chapman (1999)

Here is some library history!

A New Library for Craigsville
Saturday, April 10, 1976 in Craigsville was a "dream come true" for Whispering Pines Garden Club members and citizens of Craigsville as ground was officially broken for the community's new public library building. The project was aided by the West Virginia Library Commission's agreement to provide a mini library and businesses and individuals donating the funds needed for land purchase, construction cost, equipment purchases, etc.

July, 1981 Governor Jay Rockefeller was the guest speaker Sunday afternoon at the dedication of the Craigsville Public Library connecting shell. Approximately 100 persons attended the dedication, the ribbon-cutting ceremonies, the reception and open house afterwards. Governor Rockefeller expressed his support to all the Board of Trustee members, the local support, and the Nicholas County Commission for all of their real hard work. "This is not a big building in size but in terms of educational impact, it is enormous." he said.

When the 90's came, the need for a place to have college satellite classes, tele-conferences, organizational meetings, and a place for public meetings. Nancy Chapman, the present librarian started checking into ways to get some federal monies for such a project. After lots of hard work the project was underway. In January 1997, the new addition, 20'x40' was opened to the public. Services now available at the library include Free Notary, Copies, FAX, and 5 computers complete with free internet service.


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