Old Central City Days is a
festive time of outdoor antique displays, crafts, good food
and musical entertainment. This year we are excited to bring
back the Gate City Gunslingers.
Pictures from the last time they were heare are below.
The Word & Song Café during
Old Central City Days this year will feature tea and delicious pastries from
Betty Schoew’s Manchester House Tea Catering.
Seaton, graduated from Marshall University in 1982 with a
Regent's BA degree in English and Business. As a marketing
professional in West Virginia and Georgia, she has over
thirty years of writing experience. Her second novel,
amo,amas, amat…an unconventional love story (CreateSpace,
2011) was designated “Indie Approved” by IndieReader.com.
ForeWord Magazine named her
first novel, Father’s Troubles,
as a Book of the Year category finalist in 2003. A
contributor to the West Virginia Encyclopedia and to several
regional magazines, she recently completed a non-fiction
book on the impact of the back-to-the-land artisans and
performers on the cultural and economic landscape in West
Virginia. Her article on this subject was featured in
Appalachian Heritage and won a
Denny C. Plattner Award in 2007.
Anderson owns Mother Wit Writing and Design, a creative
studio in Charleston. She writes poems, radio essays,
fiction, magazine features, and songs. In 2012, her first
children’s book, Missing: Mrs.
Cornblossom, won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.
See samples of Colleen’s work or contact her by visiting her
Grace Pritt, a 17 year old Hurricane resident, is the 1st
Runner Up in the 2013 WV Poetry Out Loud State Championship.
As WV POL representative, she has recited poetry at the Clay
Center and other venues. She also recently won a WVU High
School Journalism Conference Feature Writing award for a
story she wrote about Hurricane’s Arts in Action, where she
is a volunteer receptionist, theater assistant, and
backstage assistant, with many hours of volunteer service.
At Hurricane High School, Pritt is a Junior with a 3.8 GPA.
She is part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
leadership team, a Youth Alive recruitment officer, and an
active member of Team Undefeated. She is also a 3rd year
Drama Club member and Theater student who has performed in
over half a dozen productions and participated in several WV
State Thespian Festivals.
Llewellyn McKernan is a poet, children’s book writer, and
teacher who has lived and worked in Huntington, WV, for over
thirty years. She has a M.A. in Creative Writing from Brown
University and an M.A.in English from the University of
Arkansas. She has received eleven writinggrants. Her poems
have appeared in thirty anthologiesand also in such journals
as The Kenyon Review, Kestrel,Appalachian Journal,
Appalachian Heritage, Now & Then.She is the author of four
poetry books for adults and fourfor children. Her work has
won over eighty prizes, awards, andhonors in state,
regional, and national contests. She has lived in West
Virginia longer than anyplace on earth and considers it her
Judd has lived, worked, trout fished and wandered
around in West Virginia all of his life. Kirk was a member
of the Appalachian Literary League, a founding member and
former president of West Virginia Writers, Inc., and is a
founding member of Allegheny Echoes, Inc., dedicated to the
support and preservation of WV cultural heritage arts.
Author of 2 collections of poetry “Field of Vision” and
“TaoBilly”, and a co-editor of the widely acclaimed
anthology, “Wild, Sweet Notes – 50 Years of West Virginia
Poetry 1950 – 1999”, he is internationally known for his
performance work combining poetry and old time music, and
has performed poetry across the State at fairs, concerts,
and festivals for the past 30 years.
Runnion Wigal is a poet originally from Roane County,
West Virginia, now living in Wood County. Until 1999, she
served for many years as director of the West Virginia
Writer’s annual conference, and has been the past
coordinator of the literary events tent at the West Virginia
State Folk Festival. She conducts numerous creative writing
workshops throughout the area, including the annual
week-long Allegheny Echoes Workshops in June of each year in
Pocahontas County, WV. Sherrell is also a performance poet
and has performed throughout West Virginia and surrounding
states. Her list of performances includes the Arthur Brandon
Humanities Lecture series at Alderson-Broaddus College, the
Rhythm and Rhyme series at Kanawha County Public Library,
the annual Vandalia Gathering and the Stonewall Jackson
Jubilee. In May 2005 she was one of the featured artists in
North Carolina at the Caldwell County Arts Council where she
participated in a unique presentation of two and three
dimension art and poetry. Her writing appears in many
publications throughout the country. Much of Sherrell's
poetry reflects her love, appreciation and connection to
nature, people and the cultural heritage of West Virginia.
St. Clair is the author of four books of poetry:
Acid Creek (Bottom Dog,
(Ahsahta, 1985), At the
Tent of Heaven (Ahsahta, 1984), and
In the Thirty-Nine Steps
(Shelley’s, 1980). His two chapbooks are
Divided House (Finishing
Line, 2005) and #176 in Pudding Press’s
Greatest Hits series
(2003). He has received grants from the National
Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts
Council; he was awarded the Bullis Prize from
Poetry Northwest in
1986. His poems have been published in over 200
journals and magazines, including
Beloit Poetry Journal, Black
Warrior Review, Gettysburg Review, Harper’s, Journal
of Kentucky Studies, Main Street Rag, Oyez Review,
Paper Street, Prairie Schooner, Plough-shares,
Poetry Review (London), Shenandoah, and
Southern Poetry Review. His work has appeared in
anthologies from the University of Akron Press,
Southern Illinois University Press, and the
University Press of Kentucky.
Old Central City is known as the "Antique
Capital" of the Tri-State (Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia). You
can enjoy shopping, eating, and experience our rich history at
nearby museums. Old Central City is a good place to shop while
touring the city, seeing the Quilt Trail and attending our special events. Each year we have Old Central City Days,
which is a festive time of outdoor antique displays, crafts, good
food and musical entertainment. A highlight during Old Central City
Days is the Word and Song Café.
|Old Central City:
|Central City Quilt Trail:
|14th St. West:
Old Central City (1893-1909) was a flourishing
manufacturing town with several industries. It was annexed in 1909
by the City of Huntington and referred to as Fourteenth Street or
West Huntington. Fourteenth Street West is now the main business
street. Today it and the surrounding area is a viable part of
Huntington and known as Old Central City.
We feel you will enjoy shopping in Old Central
City. We have antique, specialty and gift shops, home style
cooking Cafés, an Amish market, bed and breakfast, museums, arts and crafts, and more. Old
Central City is a fun place to shop & visit!
Visit the many attractions in and around Old Central City:
- Antique, Collectables and Crafts
- Camden Park
- Central City Exhibition at Cabell West Library
- Heritage Farm Museum & Village
- Taylor's Auto Collection
- The Radio Museum
- The Railroad Museum
- The Word & Song Café
Old Central City is rich in history
that still touches our modern day lives. An example of this is
Heiner's Bakery, started by Charles Heiner and his wife back in
1905. Today, Heiner's Bakery is one of the largest employers in the
Tri-State and a leading bakery in the United States, now a division of Sara Lee Food and Beverage. When visiting
Old Central City, plan to take a tour of Heiner's Bakery.
Historic homes also add to the excitement of nostalgia in Old
Central City. Periodically organized tours are conducted to view
these homes that date back more than 100 years. To really learn the
history of Old Central City, read Lola Roush Miller's fascinating
history of Old Central City that she wrote in 1993. That booklet is
still available today. Ask for it at the West Huntington Library.
Nearby Old Central City is the Heritage
Farm Museum & Village. It too provides an enjoyable day of community
life as it was in yesteryears. Today you can shop and enjoy a day with your family in Old Central City. Many a concert has taken place here, leaving fond memories
of holiday events and other special occasions.
Old Central City ... a proud past and a bright future ...
preserved and flourishing for your enjoyment. Visit us for an
enjoyable time in Old Central City. You'll
be glad you did, and will want to come back again, and again.
For information or brochures about Old Central
Call us at (304) 544-4880 or (304) 654-2067
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Or, contact us through our
Call 1-800-CALL-WVA (1-800-225-5982)