Brooke County Museum showcases Wellsburg’s history in glass

Wellsburg, West Virginia (WTRF) – These brightly colored spheres aren’t Easter eggs, they’re car parts and reveal a little glimpse into Wellsburg’s industrial past.

They are now in the hands of the Brooke County Historical Museum and Cultural Center, which came to their rescue when they learned shards of glass had been found during a construction project.

And after we started cleaning them, we discovered that we had shift knobs.

Vickey Gallagher, Chair, Brooke County Historical Museum and Cultural Center

They are the work of Crescent Glass, who made them from the turn of the century to World War II.

Some were even commissioned by Henry Ford himself.

And Crescent wasn’t alone in its making — the era of craft glass was a boon for this little corner of the mountain state.

It was the last of all the glass factories in Brooke County, there were over 30 glass houses and things in their heyday.

Vickey Gallagher, Chair, Brooke County Historical Museum and Cultural Center

The discovery is only a small part of the multigenerational image that the center creates.

Brooke County was a pioneer in West Virginia, as it was the first county museum in the entire state when it opened in 1975.

The exhibit hall documents life in the beggars from the revolutionary period to today, with yearbooks, military uniforms and even armour.

One of the most fascinating pieces for a music enthusiast – the working piano.

We’re just a quiet little gem in Brooke County that if people stop by, we hear all the time, “I remember this, my grandma had this”,

Vickey Gallagher, Chair, Brooke County Historical Museum and Cultural Center

The museum has hibernated for the winter but is open again for 2022, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 1-5pm.

It reveals a past that endures through its legacies, as well as the heart and emotion that presided over their creation.

One of our dear members who recently passed away used to refer to this museum as a museum of memory, and it is.

Vickey Gallagher, Chair, Brooke County Historical Museum and Cultural Center

Memories that endure physically thanks to the dedication of those who refuse to let them fly away.

James C. Tibbs