Buckles’ life, and more
Doug Perks of the Jefferson County Museum at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town helped put together the museum’s new exhibit on Frank Buckles, the Charles Town farmer who was the United States’ last surviving World War I veteran when he died two years ago. The museum, located on the ground floor of Charles Town Library, closes every winter. It reopens for the season on Friday. Beyond the showcase with Buckles’ Army uniform, overcoat, ID disc, photos and more that will be on display until year’s end, other museum highlights include a 1799 letter written by George Washington following the death of his younger brother Charles, the wagon that carried John Brown to his hanging in 1859, Civil War weapons, antique children’s toys and more.
Also new this spring: an exhibit on Wainwright Baptist Church. The exhibit, on display in the hallway, offers details of the church, established in 1868 as a place of worship for African-Americans in Charles Town. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission costs $3 for adults while children, students and Charles Town Library patrons get in free. For details, call 304-725-8628, go to jeffctywvmuseum.org or find “Jefferson County Museum” on Facebook.