Museum Puts Preston County Sports Legacy on Display


On this West Virginia Morning, there’s only one high school in Preston County. But there used to be many, and the sports rivalry and team spirit at each school were strong.

Former students from the original schools banded together to create the Preston County Sports Museum, to help memorialize the sports league of years past. It’s the only one of its kind in the state.

Inside Appalachia folklife reporter Caitlin Tan visited the museum and spoke with a brother and sister who graduated from one of the schools in the 1950s.

Also on today’s show, Morgantown native Charles Wesley Godwin’s song “Coal Country” reminds us that the commodity’s impact reaches far beyond Appalachia, broadening the definition of what many think of the region.

We hear Godwin performing his song “Coal Country” live on Mountain Stage as our song of the week.

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