Harrison 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
Adamston Elementary School OakAdamston Elementary School, Home of the Panthers, sits on West Pike Street in the former home of Victory High School. This wood was reclaimed from a small wooden table found in the boiler room.

Bridgeport High School Gym Bleachers Pine This wood was reclaimed from the bleachers of the gymnasium of Bridgeport High School. Was removed during a renovation of the gymnasium.

Bridgeport High School Gym Floor MapleThis maple was reclaimed from the floor of the gymnasium of Bridgeport High School. It was removed when the floor suffered water damage.

Bridgeport High School Football Bleachers PineThis pine was reclaimed from the football bleachers at Bridgeport High School. The field is now known as Wayne Jamison Field in honor of the long-time coach.

Bridgeport Union High School OakThis oak was reclaimed from a classroom chalk tray in the building which has housed Bridgeport Union High, Bridgeport High, Bridgeport Jr. High, Bridgeport Middle and Heritage Christian Academy.

Fort New Salem Block House PoplarThe Block House is a replica of the first establishment constructed in Salem when the community was settled in 1792. It functioned as a safe house for the settles living on the western frontier of the US. This wood was reclaimed during a 2016 renovation and relocation.

Harden Elementary School OakHarden School in Salem, WV was opened in the early 1920s and served students in grades PK-5 until its closure in the spring of 2007. This wood was reclaimed from a baseboard in the hallway.

Harrison County Courthouse PineCompleted in 1932, the current Harrison County Courthouse stands on the site of three of the four courthouses raised in Clarksburg. The plaza is home to a statue of “Stonewall” Jackson and the flagstaff of the U.S.S. West Virginia, sunk at Pearl Harbor.

Harrison Power Station RedwoodThis redwood was used building the cooling towers at the Harrison Power Station in Haywood (Harrison County) WV. The 2-gigawatt coal-fired electricity-generating power station is owned and operated by First Energy. It has one of the world’s tallest chimneys (305 m) built in 1994.

Hartman Elementary School OakHartman Elementary School was built in 1910 for grades 1-6. It was closed when North View Elementary School opened. It later served as the offices for RESA 7.

Hite Field OakThis oak was reclaimed from “The Barn” at Hite Field prior to its demolition in 2017. At one point, Washington Irving, Victory, Roosevelt-Wilson and Notre Dame high schools were utilizing the field at once.

Johnson Elementary School OakThis oak was reclaimed from a door jamb in the “old” Johnson Elementary School which was built in the 1950s and abandoned in 2018 with the opening of the new Johnson Elementary School.

Kelly Miller School PineKelly Miller School, which opened in 1909 was a school for African American students in the region during segregation. The school taught first to 12th grades, with students attending from counties across North Central West Virginia until its closure in 1956. This wood was reclaimed from a hand rail in the stairs leading to the top floor of the building.

Liberty High School OakLiberty High School opened in 1973 for students in the western Clarksburg area including Adamston, North View, Glen Falls, Salem, Wilsonburg, and Wolf Summit. This wood was reclaimed from science department cabinetry.

Lincoln High School PineThis wood is reclaimed from the original gym bleachers of Lincoln High School which opened on Tuesday, September 5, 1978 as a consolidation of Shinnston and Lumberport High Schools.

Lost Creek Depot PoplarBuilt in 1892, the Lost Creek Depot became the largest shipping point for cattle in West Virginia in 1915 and on the entire B&O system, east of the Mississippi in 1923.

Lost Hawg Motorcycle Shop PoplarThis wood was reclaimed from the Lost Hawg Motorcycle Repair Shop which is located at the 4-way stop in Lost Creek, WV. The shop specialized in the repair of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Louis A. Johnson Veterans Center OakThis wood is reclaimed from the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV. The facility was initially dedicated on December 7, 1950 and was enhanced with the clinical addition in 1989 and is named after Louis A. Johnson, Secretary of Defense under President Truman.

Lumberport High School OakThis school served as Lumberport High School beginning in 1931 and consolidated with Wallace High School in 1975. With the opening of Lincoln High School in 1978, Lumberport High was converted to Lumberport Junior High/Middle School which merged with Shinnston Junior High in 1990 and was renamed Lumberport Middle School in 1992. It closed in December 2014.

Lumberport Middle School OakThis school served as Lumberport High School beginning in 1931 and consolidated with Wallace High School in 1975. With the opening of Lincoln High School in 1978, Lumberport High was converted to Lumberport Junior High/Middle School which merged with Shinnston Junior High in 1990 and was renamed Lumberport Middle School in 1992. It closed in December 2014.

Notre Dame High School MapleNotre Dame High School opened in 1955 with St. Mary’s becoming a grade school. Today St. Mary’s Grade School and Notre Dame High School are the only Catholic schools in Harrison County. This maple was reclaimed from the gym floor during a 2016 major renovation.

Nutter's Barn ChestnutThis chestnut was reclaimed from the Nutter’s barn which is located along I-79 in Lost Creek, WV. The barn has been a treasured landmark for generations.

Robinson Grand Theater PineThe Robinson Grand Theater opened on February 7, 1913. In 1927, it was the 13th theater in the United States to add sound equipment and start showing “Talkies.” A fire on the roof on May 31, 1939 virtually destroyed the house and the stage but the 1927 façade was retained. They continued to show movies until 1984 when it was purchased by James LaRosa and renamed the Rose Garden Theater.

Roosevelt -Wilson High School MapleRoosevelt-Wilson High School opened in 1924 as Clark District High School and was renamed R-W in 1926. This wood was reclaimed from the original gym floor which was replaced in 1985 following major flooding.

Salem Depot OakThe current depot was built in 1912. In 1985, an historical 129-year era of rail service ended for Salem when the last scheduled train traveled the tracks through the city. 

Shinnston High School OakIn 1915 the cornerstone was laid for Clay District High School, the name by which Shinnston High School was first known. In 1917 the building was occupied by the students. In 1933 the name of the school was changed to Shinnston High School. In the year 1978 with the completion of Lincoln High School, the home of the Spartans closed its doors to high school students.

Sunset Drive-In RedwoodThis wood was reclaimed from the Sunset Drive-In Theater located on Route 19 between Clarksburg and Shinnston in Harrison County, WV. It is one of only three drive-ins left in the state. In the mid 1950s there were approximately 75 in WV.

Van Horn School OakVan Horn School in Salem, WV was opened in the early 1920s and served students in grades PK-5 until its closure in the spring of 2007.

Victory High School MapleThis wood was reclaimed from the gym floor of Victory High School which operated in Clarksburg from 1917 until 1973 when it was consolidated with Bristol High School and Salem High School to form Liberty High School.

Waldomore OakThis wood was reclaimed from The Waldomore which was built in 1836 by the parents of Nathan Goff, who became Secretary of the Navy. In 1930 it was deeded to the City of Clarksburg, WV to be used as a library or museum.

Wallace Post Office ChestnutThis wormy chestnut was reclaimed from a floor joist of the Wallace Post Office which was built in the early 1900s.

Washington Irving High School MapleThis maple was reclaimed from an original hand rail from the former Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg (Harrison County) WV. The building served as a high school from 1915 until 1995 when it was converted to Washington Irving Middle School.

Washington Irving High School MapleThis maple was reclaimed from a library chair from the former Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg (Harrison County) WV. The building served as a high school from 1915 until 1995 when it was converted to Washington Irving Middle School.

Washington Irving High School Room 101 OakThis oak was reclaimed from casing from Room 101 from the former Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg (Harrison County) WV. The building served as a high school from 1915 until 1995 when it was converted to Washington Irving Middle School.

Wonderbar Restaurant WalnutLocated in Clarksburg, WV, The Wonder Bar Steakhouse has grown from a small, intimate dance hall to a historic location that fosters a warm, traditional steakhouse feel. In 2012, current owner, Daniel Watts, along with local businessmen and brothers, Manny and David Alvarez, purchased the location.

WV's Largest English Walnut Tree English WalnutThis English walnut was harvested in the Stealey community of Clarksburg. The tree grew in the lawn of the last remaining home built by the original Stealey family. The tree stood a proud 76 feet tall.