During the early 1900s, the railroad depot became the center of the community. This was very true in Mingo County, WV. The Matewan Depot is one of the most historically important stations along the 673-mile Norfolk and Western main line.
The facility served both passenger and freight depot for a population of nearly 7,000. After N&W-made its last stop in 1969, the once proud depot was closed. In the year 2000 an project to rebuild the historic Matewan railroad depot started.
It is now a welcoming visitor’s center for the town of Matewan and a museum that includes information on the vast history of the area. Which includes the Hatfield and McCoy feuds, the Matewan Massacre, and the development of the coal mining in the region. It has also become a gift shop which offers arts & crafts, t-shirts, historical books, and Hatfield & McCoy Trail memorabilia.