The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

July 3, 2013

Contentment opens its doors for summer season


— The Contentment Complex on Rt. 60 (Main St.) in Ansted is now open for visitors.

“Contentment,” once the home of Confederate Colonel George Imboden and now the headquarters of the Fayette County Historical Society, is one of three Civil War Trail sites in Ansted. The other two are the Tyree Tavern, once a stagecoach stop and now privately owned, and Westlake Cemetery, burial site of Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson’s mother, Julia Jackson Woodson.

Three buildings are open for tours in the complex: the home Contentment, a heritage museum with Civil War artifacts, mining and farming implements, etc. and a rebuilt one-room schoolhouse. Admission covers all three buildings and is $6 for adults and $3 for those under 12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, through August.

Thanks to help from Senator Bill Laird, Delegate John Pino and the members of the Fayette County Commission, all buildings have been painted inside and out and have metal roofs. The house has been totally rewired with exterior lines run underground. A new porch railing was installed on the house just before opening this year that adds to authenticity and safety. For the first time, all buildings are air-conditioned for the comfort of visitors and to help preserve the artifacts.

Bring your family and friends for an enjoyable learning experience that those of all ages can enjoy.