Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Annual St. Albans Founders Day Kicks off Saturday

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Annual St. Albans Founders Day Kicks off Saturday

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The City of St. Albans is celebrating 200 years as a community, and that milestone will be recognized during the 11th annual St. Albans Founders Day on Saturday, May 14. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street.

Neil Richardson, president of the St. Albans Historical Society, which is sponsoring Founders Day, said, "The first permanent settler, Philip R. Thompson, came to Coalsmouth in 1816 and established a town here after purchasing 1,000 acres from George Washington's niece, Elizabeth Spotswood. He laid out the town of Coalsmouth, later named Philipi. Morris Hudson purchased another 300 acres from Elizabeth Spotswood on the east end of town and settled here around the same time.

Founders Day will have lots of vendors, food booths and entertainment. A parade begins at 10 a.m. at Park Avenue and will travel down Sixth Avenue, ending at the Loop. …

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