historic-bethany

The town of Bethany, West Virginia, is steeped in local history and is an important dimension of Bethany College.

Originally settled in 1769, Bethany had been inhabited by the Mingo and Shawnee nations. The Town of Bethany was given its name by the founder of Bethany College, Alexander Campbell, in 1827 so that a post office could be located here. Campbell then became Bethany’s first postmaster.

When West Virginia received statehood in 1863, Bethany College was its only degree-granting institution in higher education and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the Mountain State.

Campbell’s home, plantation, family cemetery, a substantial portion of Campbell’s private library and many 19th century documents were given to the college for preservation and use. Today, the Bethany Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Bethany has five sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places:

Campbell Mansion
Christman Manor at Pendleton Heights
Delta Tau Delta Founders’ House
Old Main

Old Meeting House

 

Tours of the DCHS & Historic Bethany sites, by appointment:

Shelley Jacobs
Archivist for Disciples of Christ Historical Society
Historic Bethany
31 E Campus Drive
Bethany, WV 26032

615.327.1444
historical@bethanywv.edu

 

Bethany College Archival Research, by appointment:

Sharon Monigold
Bethany College Archives & Special Collections
304.829.7757
library@bethanywv.edu