- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A Wood County preservation group has bought a house built by one of the county’s pioneers.

Members of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society want to convert the house into a genealogy resource library and museum.

Society president Bob Enoch tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1KY1J09 ) that the group also would like to have archaeological excavations conducted in the yard.

The house was built around 1810 by Hugh Phelps on the Little Kanawha River. Phelps served as sheriff, a justice for the county and a colonel in the Virginia Militia. He operated a ferry service and a tavern at the site.

The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Information from: News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, W.Va.), http://www.newsandsentinel.com

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