Car Show and Bake Sale 2016

Postponed to June 12th due to rain.

The Hancock County Museum Car Show and Bake Sale will be held on Sunday June 5th, 2016 from 1pm – 4pm at 1008 Ridge Ave, New Cumberland, WV 26047. This event features:

  • Free registration from 11am – 1pm.
  • Free dash plates for the first 40 registrants
  • 5 classes awarded (amateur judges)
  • Door prizes
  • 50/50 drawing
  • Free admission
  • Music
  • Food available

A rain date is scheduled for Sunday June 12th, 2016 at the same location.


Mark Twain and Dedication Ceremony

Twain photoMark Twain will visit the Hancock County Museum, 1008 Ridge Avenue, New Cumberland, WV, on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

A dedication of the Porter Steamboat Bell Plaque, donated by Harriet Porter Secrest, will begin at 1:00.

The Museum will be open for tours of the Steamboat Exhibit, featuring paintings and pictures from the collection of George Hines and from Way’s Steamboat Directory on September 20 and 27 from 1-4, and on Oct.3 from 3-7.

These events are free and open to the public. Join us for the dedication, refreshments, Bud Simmons performing on the dulcimer, and the Twain presentation, SteamboatANATOMYNewthen talk with Mark Twain about his life, books, and experiences.

Doug Riley of Tunnelton, a presenter with the West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! Program, will be portraying Mark Twain.

For more information, call 304.564.4800.

Car Show June 7th, 2015

The Hancock County Museum will be hosting a car show on Sunday, June 7th from 1-4pm. The car show will include hot dogs, baked goods and, or course, lots of cars. The Hancock County Museum is located at 1008 Ridge Avenue, New Cumberland, West Virginia. Registration for this event will begin at 12:30pm and will continue until 2pm. In the event of rain, the car show will be moved to Sunday, June 14th.

Car Show and Bake Sale

On Sunday June 15th, 2014, the Hancock County Museum will be hosting a Car Show and Bake Sale. Registration is free, and will be held from 12pm to 2pm. The first 40 registrants will receive free dash plates. Prizes will be awarded. There will also be a 50/50 drawing, music, and food. Admission is free. Please contact Greg at (304) 564-5179 / or Joe at (304) 374-1457 /

Christmas Parade and Open House

Mary & Linda at library mantleThe Hancock County Museum at 1008 Ridge Avenue in New Cumberland is hosting an Open House on December 14th at 4:30.  We would like to invite the Hancock County community and all interested others to watch the New Cumberland Christmas Parade from the sidewalk, lawn and porch of the Museum.  The parade starts at 5:00, and soon after passes in front of the Museum.  After the parade moves on, all are  invited into the beautifully Victorian-style decorated  Museum for homemade cookies and hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate and Wassail), and performances by the Victorian Carolers, Bud Simmons on the dulcimer, and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by local actress, singer, and Victorian Carolers’ Director Mary Fern Schmidt.

Enjoy the following photos of the Museum decorated for Christmas:

parlor tree player piano parlor dining room table dining room mantle and nativity better parlor mantle

Arts Council House Tour Open House

FireplaceNovember 16 – Open House – 10am-4pm

Please visit the Hancock County Museum located in a Victorian mansion decorated for Christmas in the Victorian style with three Christmas trees, decorated mantles and fireplaces. Although the museum is not one of the official house tour locations, it will be open at the request of the Hancock County Arts Council for your added enjoyment.



Mary Lincoln High Tea

Mary Lincoln High Tea

October 19, 2013 at 2 and 7 p.m.

JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood, a presenter with the West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program, will be portraying Mary Lincoln on October 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. The first-person presentation is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hancock County Museum. Abraham Lincoln is undoubtedly the most revered President in American history, but the woman he loved, the center of his life, his wife, Mary Lincoln, has remained a historical enigma. The woman, who was the first presidential wife to be called “First Lady” in the press, was one of the most tragic and misrepresented 19th Century figures.

Mary Lincoln and her story symbolize the pain and loss of Civil War America, and are inextricably tied with the story of her husband’s presidency, yet her life was an extraordinary chronicle of its own. Born into a politically active slave owning family, she was her husband’s political adviser and encourager. Without Mary, Abraham Lincoln may never have become President. Mary’s story is one of enduring love, compassion, and a family divided by war. Mary was falsely accused of being a spy in the White House and was criticized and vilified in the press. In this portrayal, you will see Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of the woman who loved him throughout the tragedies that befell her family and the nation and gain a different perspective on his much maligned wife.

The West Virginia Humanities Council created the History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting directly with noteworthy historical characters. Each History Alive! presenter has conducted scholarly research on her character.

In addition to presenting Mrs. Lincoln, JoAnn also portrays Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale and Margaret “The Unsinkable Molly” Brown. JoAnn both acts and sings professionally, writes and directs murder mystery plays, is the owner of Mountaineer Country Tours, serves as Executive Director of the Preston Community Arts Center, and was recently filmed by WV PBS in a WV Sesquicentennial documentary as Julia Pierpont.

                                                                                                         Beverly Conley Photographer

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