Frankfort District Historical Society screening film

Stewart’s Tavern in Short Gap, W.Va., has been restored and is open for special events several times a year.

Cumberland Times-News

SHORT GAP, W.Va. —  During an April meeting, the Frankfort District Historical Society will screen the locally produced film “Road Trip to History featuring Mineral County, W.Va.,” by Oak Tree Productions of Kearneysville, which aired on PBS.

The film, which was released in 2012, highlights several historical sites in the Frankfort District, in-cluding the Ohio Co. Storehouse and the World War II memorials located in Ridgeley; the Vulcan Iron Furnace and Stewart’s Tavern in Short Gap; and the 1755 Fort in Fort Ashby.

The film was made possible by a grant received by the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce and has been featured on a number of West Virginia PBS stations. Anne Palmer, executive director of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, will introduce the 26-minute film.

“The film, where shown, has been well-received and considered a positive look at Mineral County,” said Gary Clites, vice president of the Frankfort District Historical Society.

The society was formed in an effort to save and restore the historic Stewart’s Tavern in 1988. The tavern was going to be moved to Virginia. Due to the efforts of the society, Stewart’s Tavern was saved, dismantled and restored, and placed along Knobley Road across from its original location. The society was instrumental in getting the tavern placed on the National Register of Historic Places.   

“The Frankfort District Historical Society plans to conduct more such meetings as a community outreach in an effort to inform the community of the work of the society and to increase membership in the society,” said Clites.

The film will be shown April 17 at 7 p.m.­ at the Grace Bible Fellowship Church in the Hunt Club Plaza. Light refreshments will be served.


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