CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) presented $547,415 in development grant funds to 20 projects involving the restoration and rehabilitation of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the WVDACH administers the development grant program.

“The preservation of our state’s historic resources is so important for West Virginians and their sense of history,” said WVDACH Curator Randall Reid-Smith. “Being able to see, to visit and to live in sites that have historic meaning keeps alive the sense that our heritage is not just something that happened long ago, but is something that we can still appreciate and enjoy.”

A review panel appointed by the SHPO developed recommendations for grant funding for the Archives and History Commission, which made the final grant determinations at its meeting in Pipestem on June 1, 2018. Funding for the grants program comes from the appropriation of funds from the West Virginia Legislature. The department conducted an awards ceremony and orientation on July 31, 2018.

The recipients of the 2019 development grants are as follows:

Brian Wishneff & Associates, $60,000 to assist with roof replacement on the Shenandoah Hotel in Martinsburg.
New Beginning Apostolic Church of Martinsburg, $8,110 to assist with masonry repair and replace/refurbish wood garage doors on the New Beginning Apostolic Church in Martinsburg.

Bethany College, $30,829 to assist with repair/replacement of the roof on Old Main at Bethany College in Bethany.

Christ Temple Church, $28,287 to assist with window restoration on The Prichard Hotel in Huntington.

Elmwood Cemetery Association, $19,440 to assist with foundation repair, roof replacement and gutter repair on the Superintendent’s House at Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown.
Eric and Stacy Lindberg, $30,802 to assist with repair of masonry on Barleywood in Charles Town.

Riggs Corporation, $45,919 to assist with roof replacement and repair of parapet wall on the Atlas Building in Charleston.
Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church, $4,862 to assist with replacement of front entrance door unit on the Simpson Memorial United Methodist Church in Charleston.

Monumental Enterprises, Inc., $25,200 to assist with window repair on the Fleming Apartments in Fairmont.

Warrior Creek Development, $23,022 to assist with roof replacement on the McDowell Auto Building in Welch.

Innovative Endeavors, $18,870 to assist with roof replacement and masonry repair on the Becker’s Hardware Seed and Feed in Wheeling.
Grow Ohio Valley, $60,000 to assist with roof replacement on the Twelfth Street Garage in Wheeling.

Preston County
Coopers Rock Foundation, $25,000 to assist with temporary floor supports, temporary internal supports and roof replacement on the Superintendent’s House at Coopers Rock State Forest in Bruceton Mills.
First United Presbyterian Church, $16,250 to assist with drainage issues, repair of handicap ramp landing and repair of front door buttresses on the First United Presbyterian Church in Kingwood.

Randolph County
Historic Beverly Preservation, Inc., $36,450 to assist with the repair of masonry and stabilization of the porch on the 1841 Jail in Beverly.
Randolph and Donna Ruth Allan, $4,508 to assist with roof replacement on the Lemuel Chenoweth House in Beverly.

Ritchie County Historic Landmark Commission, $15,000 to assist with repair of the parapet wall on the Bank of Cairo in Cairo.

MountainPlex Properties, LLC, $60,000 to assist with window repair on the Laing, Humphries & Citizens Bank Building in Hinton.
City of Hinton, $12,856 to assist with drainage issues and roof replacement at the Lincoln School in Hinton.

New Martinsville Parks and Recreation, $22,010 to assist with repair on masonry, drainage issues and window/door repair on the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville.

For more information about the historic preservation development grants, contact Pam Brooks, grants coordinator for the SHPO, at (304)558-0240 or A complete program description is available on our website at

The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.