Open by appointment

The Jefferson County Museum is open by appointment,
Mondays through Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm.

Because of the continuing pandemic, the museum
is open under the following conditions:

      • Visitors set appointments by calling 304-725-8628, preferably
        24 hours in advance.
      • Up to six visitors are permitted at a time, except eight are
        allowed if from a single household.
      • Visitors agree to wear masks and distance six feet or more
        from others.
      • The admission fee of $4 for adults is waived, but donations
        are greatly appreciated.
      • No public restrooms are available.

Discover the history of
Jefferson County, West Virginia

Visit the Jefferson County Museum to discover the people and events
that helped shape the county’s and nation’s history!

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Yesterday was #NationalBarbershopQuartetDay! #DYK we have an exhibit on display at the museum on Barbershop Quartets of the 1940s.

Barbershop-style music has its roots in African American culture. In the 1870s, black quartets in the South became common at shaving parlors and barbershops. The quartets’ simple melodies and improvised harmonization became so popular that white professional quartets adopted the sound. By the late 19th century, “barbershop music” became popular throughout the country.

The Rusty Hinge Quartet was a popular barbershop quartet in Charles Town in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The group performed at contests throughout the county, using their prize money to fund community projects and to support local bands.

Photo shows the Rusty Hinge Quartet performing at a show in 1951. From left to right: Harvey "Tuffy" Lehman, Philip Hunter, Alvin Ennis, and Edward Lee Pine.

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**Looking for Pandemic-Related Photos**

Have you taken photographs this past year that show what life has been like during the pandemic?

The museum is looking for photographs taken by county residents that illustrate changes in their lives during the pandemic. Photos will be added to our new “COVID-19 Pandemic Collection.” Some will be posted online in an exhibit highlighting the community’s response to the coronavirus.

Share photos, in either color or black and white, showing how COVID-19 has affected your daily life. We welcome images of people wearing masks, socially distancing, working remotely, learning virtually form home, or engaging in other activities to adapt to the pandemic. Photographs need not be professional quality.

Please send digital images electronically to, and for each image explain what’s being photographed, where and when the photo was taken, and the name of the photographer. In addition, we encourage you to include a short story that encapsulates your feelings about the pandemic.
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