The Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants, Inc., organized in 1982. Its history is as unique as that of West Virginia, whose history and genealogy we strive to preserve. We are especially interested in that area known as Central West Virginia and have a continued interest in those areas from or to which our ancestors migrated.
We operate the Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library dedicated to genealogy and history research as well as to the preservation of objects of historical interest. We also publish numerous research tools for the region and make these and other publications available to our members and the public through John Sleeth's Trading Post.
Although we are a membership organization with certain benefits accruing to our members, our library is open to the public free of charge. The library's collection includes manuscripts, published materials, photos, maps, artifacts, and computerized data on thousands of names from throughout West Virginia and adjacent states; however, it has a primary focus on the counties of Central West Virginia.
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, aka 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 U.S.33 meets I-79. U.S. 33 east from the 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 U.S. 33 and Abbotts Run Road. The “new” four-lane U.S. 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.
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.
HOURS & STAFFING
The library is open six days a week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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