Wyco Church

The Wyco Church

In 1917, Major W.T. Tams, coal-baron owner of the Wyco Coal Camp, built the Mount Grove Baptist Chuch in Wyco on a bluff overlooking Allen Creek. 80 years later, mine closings and migration left the Wyco Church abandoned and in need of major repairs. The interior leaked; the exterior frame stood through support of cribbing alone; the roof nearly fell through. For all these reasons, the Gothic revival church earned a place on the West Virginia Preservation Alliance’s Most Endangered Properties List in 2009. RAIL assumed ownership of the church and has brought college and university groups, volunteers from churches, and AmeriCorps NCCC teams to renovate the building. RAIL hopes to relaunch the restored church as a coal camp museum, a space for community events in Wyco, and a quiet place for meditation and reflection.

Gazette photo by RICK STEELHAMMER...Cornell kids fixing up Wyco Church.......4/16/10.......
Cornell University students working on the Wyco Church. April 16, 2010. Photo by Rick Steelhammer.
Wyco Church interior 2014.
Wyco Church interior 2014.

AmeriCorps NCCC team River Six (2014) focused on the interior of the Wyco Church.
AmeriCorps NCCC team River Six focused on the interior of the Wyco Church.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Back