Preserving Pocahontas is a private non-profit organization preserving historical records and artifacts relating to the history of Pocahontas County, West Virginia.


Board of Directors

Timothy VanReenen, President

Nancy McComb Smithson, Vice-President

Ruth Taylor, Secretary

Gail Hyer, Treasurer

William P. McNeel

Robert Sheets


Historic Preservation Officer

B. J. Sharp-Gudmundsson




Preserving Pocahontas depends on the generous support of individuals, businesses, foundations and government agencies to locate and digitize historical collections for free public access.


Preserving Pocahontas is a private, nonprofit organization, exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. As such, gifts to the organization are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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Contributions may also be mailed to:

Preserving Pocahontas, 1200 2nd Ave., Marlinton WV 24954



Purposes and Objectives of Preserving Pocahontas


To collect and preserve historical records and artifacts of Pocahontas County.

To digitize and provide public access to historical collections.

To support preservation and genealogical efforts in Pocahontas County.

To provide education programs relating to local history and preservation.


To foster the preservation and use of records of enduring value in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, public and private, corporate and individual, and to improve the management and the public awareness and understanding of such records.


To provide assistance to County residents and others in matters relating to County history.

To cooperate with other organizations and institutions having similar interests.

To encourage and support activities and projects concerned with the preservation and presentation of the history of the County.





Huntersville, W. Va. 1917 - Photograph by Cal Gay

Courtesy of The Pocahontas County Historical Society






For information, to volunteer, or to share documents and photos

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Preservation Officer





Mailing Address:

1200 2nd Avenue

Marlinton, WV



Research Center

Office & Drop-off

1200 2nd Avenue

Marlinton, WV