The Ramsdell House was acquired by The Town of Ceredo in 1983, and was restored with assistance from the community and grants from The West Virginia Department of Culture and History. Operated by volunteers for many years as a museum and community meeting place, time and the elements took their toll and the home began to fall into a state of disrepair. The town recently received additional grants and assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History to further restore the home for many more years of use. After some refurbishment, it recently reopened as a museum, with the addition of The Ramsdell Ceredo Settlers Memorial, honoring those buried on the grounds.
“There’s a sweet, sweet spirit in this place…”
The Ramsdell House was built in 1858 by Zophar Ramsdell, one of approximately 500 anti-slavery colonists recruited by Ceredo founder Eli Thayer to establish a town on the very border between Slave and Free ground. Ceredo was perfectly located on the banks of the Ohio River to be a last stop on The Underground Railroad. Ramsdell and his wife Almeda became leaders in the abolitionist movement and in the Town of Ceredo. The house was built on a Native American burial ground, and survived the raids of The Civil War and the great flood of 1937. Built and always used for good, the home exudes a welcoming spirit of warmth, safety and peace. Historic treasures continue to be found in the attic, walls and floor spaces of the home. It seems to have been preserved so that we can tell its’ story!
Project Coordinator, Deborah Wolfe
Come Join Us!
Got skills? Or just like to keep busy? We’d be happy to put you to work doing what you love to do. Like to paint, repair old furniture, clean windows, polish silver, wash dishes, iron tablecloths, sew, glue, scrape?
Special needs: Electrical, plumbing, carpentry, networking?
Help us get the word out! Stop by and see us! This is YOUR museum!
We have a few needs: primitive/Victorian porch furniture and architectural trim, old display cases, large sheets of plexi-glass/acrylic to protect fragile relics…Not sure if we could use it? ASK US! We pick up!
LIKE TO TALK, OR JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH RAMSDELL?
Come join us as a volunteer docent! We especially need help when we have school and group tours, etc. Totally flexible per your availability, we will train and equip you and you can spend as much time as you like at the Dell!