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Spencer’s Heritage Park

My next day trip took me into Roane County. Just south on Rt. 33, Roane County has many opportunities for a day out. Whether it is a quiet day on the lake or a busy day in an antique mall, Roane County can meet your needs.

If history is the passion which you pursue, then Spencer, the county seat of Roane, is all the further you need to look. Just off of Market St., a quick stop at Heritage Park has many possibilities for a step back into the past. 


The park is not always open, but can be visited at any time. If you would like a tour, stop at the city building or call 927-1640 for access to the park. It would be a great place to take a small group or for a family outing.

The restored 1920 schoolhouse is an interest for everyone. The park also has an early 1900’s oil derrick for the viewing pleasure of oil and gas enthusiasts.


A Depot Museum, as well as a B&O caboose, is on the site to educate and entertain. In the center of the park is a fountain that is the location of a Civil War and Veterans Memorial.

The park is a very nice spot for a picnic or a nice stroll. Either way, it is a nice visit on a sunny afternoon. There is also a community building on the site, and my understanding is that the little park is a booming place during festivals and Heritage Day.

Speaking of festivals, the Black Walnut Festival is coming up soon in Spencer. If you make it down for the festival, be sure to stop at Heritage Park for a little flavor of West Virginia’s past.


Area Events:

Sept. 1-13, Pennsboro County Road Festival, Myles Stadium.

Sept. 5-7, Flatwoods Days.

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