Street Address
1838 Elizabeth Pike
Mineral Wells, WV 26160
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 340
Mineral Wells, WV 26160
Open June-Aug
Tuesday1 PM - 3 PM
Open year around by appointment.
School groups encouraged. Scheduled classes for a "One Room School Experience" with a school marm may incur a fee. Suggested time, 1 1/2-2 hours.
Esther Carroll
phone: 304-489-1670


The New Era School was built in 1884 and served students in grades 1 through 8 until 1956. The facility then served as a community building for the Missouri Run area. It was later turned over to the Wood County Association of Retired School Employees. In 1991, the Living Heritage Museum Project, a newly formed volunteer organization, acquired the building for restoration.

The building was dismantled and moved 7 miles from Missouri Run to the Mineral Wells School campus for reconstruction. The New Era School has maintained the integrity of its time with original desks, pot-bellied stove, slate chalkboards, oiled floors, pump, outhouse, and coal shed. Additional items make the schoolroom appear ready for Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic.

New Era School Museum welcomes visitors of all ages. Come experience school in the way of the early 1900's. Informed docents will host your visit.