BY THE MATEWAN COMMUNITY HUBCAP TEAM
Thirty community members crowded into the UMWA Hall in early summer to celebrate progress and chat about the future of the town. Representatives from Matewan’s Historic Jail, the Mine Wars Museum, the Depot, Local 1440, and more showed up for the town!
Matewan residents celebrated the town’s most recent success: Annual Heritage Day. Attended by hundreds, Matewan’s Annual Heritage Day was jam-packed with activities for all: reenactments of historic events like the Battle of Matewan, great barbeque, food, and vendors, new exhibits at the WV Mine Wars Museum, school tours, and a brand-new boutique opened in town!
The town also celebrated their successes with the planned purchase and renovation of two buildings, multiple new business that have opened the past two years, progress on a historic jail project, and much celebration around the events and fundraisers that the Mine Wars Museum has hosted.
Folks were eager to talk about upcoming projects as well: new businesses, museums, and events are coming up within the next two years. Matewan is determined to keep the momentum flowing. With a new bait shop opening up, and two centennial commemorations coming up, there’s a ton of buzz about what’s to come.
Ready to link up with efforts happening in Matewan? Reach out to WV Mine Wars Director Kenzie New at firstname.lastname@example.org.