Taylor County

Note:  No two pieces of wood look alike.  Within a board, two sections can have different coloration. The wood samples below are generic swatches to give you some idea about whether the wood is dark or light. The actual woods may vary in color.

My collection of woods represents WV woods with historical or sentimental significance.  As a retired educator I have a special place in my heart for schools and especially schools that are no longer in operation.  As an example, I live in Taylor County and through school consolidations over the years, we only have five schools left but I have wood from 13, some of which date to the pre-school integration era. 

At fairs and festivals, I use a banner that states that I have “Hundreds of woods with two stories – 1.  Where did the wood come from? and 2. How in the devil did I get it?”  I have become fascinated with the rich history of our great state as it is told through the amazing structures scattered across the state and the wonderful people who have given me wood from around the state.  Oh, if you give me a piece of wood I want for my collection, I will make you a free pen made from that wood or others in my collection.

I have developed a fondness for wood collected from our colleges and universities, courthouses, schools, covered bridges, battlefields, and other places of note.  I challenge people to pick up one of my pens, show it to me, let me read the little tag that identifies it and get prepared to hear the answers to the two questions above.  It surprises even me to see an old math teacher become so fascinated with the history as told by the woods.

Wood SourceHistory of WoodWood Sample
Andrews Methodist Church OakThis wood was reclaimed during repairs to the floor of the church which has been officially named the International Mother's Day Shrine.

Anna Jarvis Elementary OakThis wood was reclaimed from the library of Anna Jarvis Elementary during a major renovation in the summer of 2014. This wood was reclaimed from the library of Anna Jarvis Elementary during a major renovation in the summer of 2014. The school is situated in Grafton, WV and serves students in grades PK-4 from the eastern portion of Taylor County.

Anna Jarvis House PoplarThis wood was reclaimed from the Anna Jarvis House, birthplace of Anna Jarvis who founded Mother’s Day and Gen. George B. McClelland’s first field headquarters during his 1861 western Virginia campaign.

C&P Telephone Co. Ladder White OakThis wood is reclaimed from a rung of a ladder used in Taylor County WV by C&P Telephone Company employees. The ladder was inscribed with: BELL SYSTEM C28755WW BABCOCK CO

Camp Towles-4-H Camp OakCamp Towles is owned by the Taylor County Board of Education having been willed to the Board in 1938 by Ralph Towles with additional acreage willed in 1981 by B.J. Hill. Situated on the Tygart River, it serves as the Taylor County 4-H Camp.

Church of the Good Shepherd CherryThis cherry was reclaimed from a tree cut from the grounds of the Church of the Good Shepherd.


Farmer's Delight PineThis pine was reclaimed from the original Farmer’s Delight location in Webster where Tony Veltri started the business as a feed store when he was still in high school. The business is closing in 2018.

Flemington Elementary School MapleThis wood was reclaimed from Flemington Elementary School. It was found in the “tunnels” which provide access beneath the school. The school continues to serve the elementary students of the western end of Taylor County, WV.

Flemington High School OakThis wood was reclaimed from Flemington High School. The school opened in 1931 and proudly served the students of the western end of Taylor County until its closure in 1991 when it merged with Grafton High School.

Garrison School OakGarrison School on Grand Street served Grafton’s black students in grades 1-8 until it closed in 1954 following the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling.

Gough Building - American Legion OakThis building was built circa 1880 and was purchased in 1913 by Charles Gough who remodeled it to accommodate a family apartment house and a restaurant and lunchroom. This wood was reclaimed from the dance floor which was installed in the mid 1960s when Taylor County Post 12 of the American Legion purchased the building.

Grafton B&O Roundhouse PineThis wood was reclaimed from the roof of the Grafton Roundhouse. The B&O shops and roundhouse were built circa 1910 between the town of Grafton and the Tygart River.

Grafton B&O Depot PoplarThis wood was reclaimed from the Grafton B&O Railroad Depot. It was part of one of the cages on the basement level of the depot. It was dedicated on August 11, 1911 and served proudly until it closed in the mid-1980s.

Grafton Drive-In PineGrafton Drive-In opened in 1949 with a capacity for 250 cars and operated until its closure in 2013. It was one of a very few still using traditional Drive-In speakers exclusively to provide the audio soundtracks.

Grafton High School OakThis oak was reclaimed from Grafton High School. It was part of the original shelving in the library when the school was constructed in 1942.

Grafton Junior High School OakThis wood was reclaimed from the original Grafton High School on Washington Street which became Grafton Junior High in 1942 when the current Grafton High was opened and was later Grafton Middle School before being closed in 1990.

Grafton Middle School OakThis wood was reclaimed from the original Grafton High School on Washington Street which became Grafton Junior High in 1942 when the current Grafton High was opened and was later Grafton Middle School before being closed in 1990.

Grafton State Police Office OakThis wood was reclaimed from the office of the Grafton Detachment – WV State Police. The building in Pruntytown was formerly the residence of the Assistant Superintendent of the WV Industrial Home for Boys.

Grafton Willard Hotel PineThis wood was reclaimed from a door from the iconic Willard Hotel. The hotel officially opened on April 12, 1912 with an elaborate banquet attended by state and local dignitaries and railroad officials


Haymond Elementary School OakThis wood was reclaimed from Haymond Elementary School which served the students of northern Taylor County until it closed in December 2006 with the opening of Anna Jarvis Elementary School.

International Mother's Day Shrine (Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church) OakThe first Mother’s Day Service was held on May 10,, 1908 in the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, WV. In May 1962, the church was declared to be The International Mother’s Day Shrine and in 1992 was designated a National Historic Landmark. This oak was removed in September, 2014 as part of repairs to the floor on the first floor of the shrine.

Lincoln School PineThis wood was reclaimed from the Lincoln School in Rosemont. The school was constructed specifically for the children of black coal miners in the western portion of Taylor County.


M&M Bank PineThis wood was reclaimed during a renovation of the M&M Bank on Main Street in Grafton. It currently houses the Taylor County Historical Society.

Park View School MapleThis maple was reclaimed from an antique student desk from the Park View School which opened in 1922 and proudly served the Park View community until her closure in 1963.

Park View School PineThis wood was a door facing and reclaimed from the Park View School which opened in 1922 and proudly served the Park View community until her closure in 1963.

Pruntytown Elementary School OakThis wood was reclaimed from Pruntytown Elementary School which served the community until it closed in December 2006 and currently houses the Board of Education offices.

St. Augustine School PineSt. Augustine High School’s first graduating class was in 1905 and its last graduating class was in 1966. 419 persons received diplomas from St. Augustine High School over the years.

St. John's United Methodist Church OakThis wood was reclaimed from a pew from the church which merged into Church of the Good Shepherd in 2012.

St. Paul's Methodist Church PoplarThis wood was reclaimed from a communion table from the church which merged with Andrews Methodist Church in 1957 following a devestating fire.

Taylor County Fairgrounds Animal Barn PoplarThis poplar was reclaimed from the Animal Barn at the Taylor County Fairgrounds. The barn was built in 1953 by Pete and Charlie Kinsey and Han and Parker Tucker and was the last original structure to be demolished.

Taylor County Fair Horse Barn OakThis oak was reclaimed from the Horse Barn at the Taylor County Fairgrounds. The barn was demolished as part of the revitalization of the fairgrounds .

Thorton Elementary School PoplarThis wood was reclaimed from the Thornton Elementary School which proudly served the Thornton and surrounding communities until her closure in 1972 when Anna Jarvis Elementary School opened.

Trinity United Methodist Church OakThis oak was reclaimed from a pew from the Trinity United Methodist Church located on Dewey Avenue. The church was an Evangelical United Brethren Church before the merger with the Methodist Church.

Tygart Lake State Park PoplarThis wood was reclaimed from the Superintendent’s Residence at Tygart Lake State Park during repairs to the house.

Webster Methodist Church ChestnutThis wood was reclaimed from a chestnut pew from this old church which was used by nurses who treated soldiers from both sides of the Civil War. It was also the childhood church of Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day, who (according to local legend) was christened in this church having lived next door.

Wesleyan Holiness Church ChestnutThis wood was reclaimed from a chestnut pew from this old church which was used by nurses who treated soldiers from both sides of the Civil War. It was also the childhood church of Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day, who (according to local legend) was christened in this church having lived next door.

WV Industrial Home for Boys OakThis wood was reclaimed from the office of the Grafton Detachment – WV State Police. The building in Pruntytown was formerly the residence of the Assistant Superintendent of the WV Industrial Home for Boys.

West Main Street Methodist Church OakThis wood was reclaimed from a pulpit from the church which was one of the churches which merged to form Church of the Good Shepherd in 1968.