The gift shop at Hacker’s Creek Pioneer Descendants is a little-known gem and an opportunity for unique Christmas shopping.
Its contents can’t be found in commercialized stores, and are gifts that can be passed down through the generations. The gifts sold there are tell historic stories and the sales benefit the operation of HCPD and its mission to preserve history.
For instance, “The Oliver Letters,” a paperback book found at the gift shop, is filled with stories about Lewis County in the 1800s. If your family was in Lewis County at the time, it could reveal events that occurred in their lifetime and give the reader a glimpse into the lives of their ancestors.
The book describes the area, businesses and people of that day. At a price of $10, the book is very affordable as a holiday gift.
The paperback, “They Started it All”, tells the story of the first pioneers of Lewis County of the Hacker’s Creek area. You can read about the families and about the hardships they endured along with the Indian Raids. It is read like a tour guide of the area with pictures and maps.
T-shirts and sweatshirts also are available in the shop, in various styles and colors. One depicts the state of West Virginia, with all of its counties listed, along with the dates they were formed. The shirt is a conversation piece when traveling the globe.
If you enjoy the beverage Sarsaparilla, you can pick some up in the shop. It is a stronger Root Beer and is made with cane sugar. It can create some tasty holiday floats. It can be purchased individually or as a six-pack or case.
The shop also carries gifts for children. Children’s books from West Virginia authors with illustrations are available.
Christmas Ornaments at the shop can give that tree the finishing touch or make a nice holiday gift. They include gold wire angels, handcrafted quilted stars and local historical building ornaments.
If you’re not sure what to get, or would prefer your loved one or friend be able to make their own choice from the gift shop, gift certificates are the way to go.
Call 304-269-7091 for hours. The library is open throughout the week, but stays open late on Thursday nights, closing at 8 p.m. It is open on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Because HCPD is run by volunteers, it is best to call ahead to see if they will be open.
If Lewis County schools are closed for inclement weather, so is HCPD.