The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 1, 2013

Hinton museum to kick off spring at Saturday event

By Sarah Plummer
For The Register-Herald

HINTON — The Campbell-Flannagan-Murrell Museum in downtown Hinton will kick off spring this Saturday with its Good Ol’ Days Celebration from noon to 3 p.m.

The museum, located at the corner of Summers Street and 5th Avenue, was built in 1875 and is the oldest structure in Hinton’s Historic District.

CFM House president Dwight Emrich explained that the home is an important part of West Virginia’s coal and train heritage.

While there was little coal mining in Summers County, Hinton became a massive “cultural dynamo” for its train system, transporting both people and coal. At the turn of the 20th century, the town was bustling with vaudeville houses, hotels and wealth, he said.

The home was built by Edgar Campbell and his wife Elizabeth, who were among the first merchants to capitalize on the growing community.

The house was passed down through two generations, the Flannagans and the Murrells, and was purchased by the grassroots preservation group in an effort to restore and retain the history of the area.

Emrich invites the public to enjoy the spring weather and take part in the Good Ol’ Days Celebration.

During the event, the public is invited for a hot dog picnic lunch for $5 per plate, and to participate in a silent auction, raffle, plant sale and bake sale.

All proceeds will go toward the continued restoration of the Campbell-Flannagan-Murrell House Museum.

At 1 p.m., Merle Murrell, direct descendent of the home’s third generation owner Robert Murrell, will give a talk about the history of the home and area.

Local singer-songwriter Sue Phillips will provide entertainment.

The museum will be open to attendees and will open for the season after Memorial Day.

The museum boasts a large collection of family memorabilia, photographs and antiques.

For more information on the home museum, visit www.cfm-fmh.org.

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com