Read about St. John's 175-year history here.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In honor of its historic birthday, St. John's Episcopal Church is opening a museum of sorts with pieces of its 175-year past.
The museum is housed at the church, at 1105 Quarrier St.
Prior to opening the room, the church had several of the historic items in storage. Others came from church and community members.
"[The items were] mainly put away in storage so people can't see," said Janet Morris, church archivist. "That's when we decided that we should, you know, let people view these things."
Items in the museum will include a candlestick -- one half of a pair that was left when a thief broke into the church in the 1980s, stealing its mate, altar linens and other items.
There are old ledgers -- some dating back to 1855 that record marriages, births, and deaths.