Hackers Creek Pioneer Descendants


HCPD works closely with other genealogy and historical societies throughout the state and especially those in places to or from which great numbers of our pioneering families migrated. The organization is an integral part of our community and works with all ages and ethnicities to carry forth our mission:

The mission of the Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants, Inc. shall be to conserve, preserve, protect, display and make available the history, culture, and artifacts of the Central West Virginia area to anyone interested in their own personal history (and their family history)or the area’s culture and history. Adults will be the primary implementers of the historic compilation and the preservation of the history, albeit, a special emphasis shall be placed on youth.  Adults shall organize and maintain the Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library and Museum and provide most of the educational programs for various groups, including, but not limited to, students of all ages (from pre-kindergarten through Elderhostel), Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs, heritage societies, and community service organizations.  Implementation of these goals shall involve community outreach programs and coordination of programs with other organizations of similar purpose, both within and without the State.  (Revised 11-07-09 by action of Board of Directors)
The Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library and Museum, a.k.a HCPD, is located in  Historic Lewis County  just 3 miles from Exit 99 of I-79 which also happens to be the crossroads of Central West Virginia where US 33 meets I-79. US 33 east from Exit 99 is known as Corridor H and stretches to the eastern boundary of the Mountain State. Westward, the highway reaches the Ohio River at Parkersburg and many points beyond.
Our building is at the corner of Old US 33 and Abbotts Run Road. The “new” four-lane US 33 is less than a city block to the south of our building. The building was formerly known as the Horner School; after the school’s closure by the board of education, it served as a community center. Our organization acquired it in 1998.

Specific directions to the library from I-79: Exit 99 (US Route 33), turn right, go 2.5 miles to the Horner-Georgetown crossroad, turn left, and the library will be directly in front of you behind some pine trees. You will be able to see the red front door. There is plenty of parking at the side.  Click here for a Google map to our facility.  You may also give us a call.  Our telephone number is 304-269-7091.
The library is handicapped accessible. 
We are closed Memorial Day holiday, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday - Sunday) and Christmas week.  We are open to the public during our annual gathering on the second weekend in August; but the public needs to know that several hundred people will be around and about the library those days. During the winter inclement weather, we are closed any day that the Lewis County School System is closed. It is suggested that you call before traveling during ice and snow storms. Our telephone number is 304-269-7091.
To assist you in your research, you may visit our online library. Using the references you find there, you may either come to our library and do your own research or follow these instructions to request research.

Operating Year: October 2020 - September 2021

President: Doris Dean
Vice President: Evelyn Rogers
Secretary: Elaine Coulter
Treasurer: Betty Nicholson
Editor/Webmaster: Carol White
Archivist/Librarian: Paula McGrew
Executive Director: Patty Lesondak
Immediate Past President: Randall Nicholson
Director: Bertha Allman
Director: Cary Williams
Director: Evelyn Rogers
Director: Irma Curtis
Director: Ann Wilfong
Director: Gary McGrew

Hours & Staffing

Due to the COVID-19 virus, we do not unlock our doors. You will have to make an appointment or knock on our door.  You will need to wear a mask and stay 6ft from library staff. We will allow only 2 researchers in at a time.  Our hours are normally 10AM-3PM (Mon-Thurs) closed on Friday and Saturday. This is a crazy time and day by day can change, so please call before your visit (304) 269-7091.
The library is open five days a week and one evening:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.   ** Until further notice, we are open on Thursday evenings if we have a volunteer to work. Call before coming.
  • Please call if you need to visit the Library after hours and we will see if we can work with your schedule. We are now closed on Saturdays! 
We are staffed by our Executive Director, Patricia Lesondak, and several volunteers. We always need volunteers!! If you would like to volunteer some time please contact us.
Should you have questions before you visit our library, you may contact us by e-mail.