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Henry Cooper House

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1804. 1910. 1963. City Park (east end of Washington Ave.)

The Cooper House, or Cooper Cabin, is thought to have been the first two-story house erected in Wood County. It was originally located near Mineral Wells, some nine miles southeast of Parkersburg. As part of the city's 1910 centennial celebration, the cabin was dismantled and reconstructed in City Park, under the auspices of the Daughters of American Pioneers, to serve as a museum. Built of hewn and pegged oak logs, which are now creosoted, it has one large room on each floor. Collections consist of a mélange of artifacts relating to the area's first settlers. The Cooper House is significant as one of the earliest efforts of conscious historic preservation in West Virginia and as one of the state's first museums.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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