Central City Antiques District
More than 125 years ago, four entrepreneurs saw an opportunity at the midpoint of two growing railroad towns, Kenova and Huntington, WV. Central City was founded an industrial town to capitalize on the natural resources rich in the area. The raw materials stopped in Central City to be made into everyday items, as well as fine glassware and portrait frames. The town was booming with manufacturing and developed a thriving community of smaller businesses that served the working men and their families.
The handpainted signs of the Cavendish-Cyrus Hardware Store, D.E. Abbott & Co., and Kincaid Furniture, are still visible on the historic buildings in the Central City District of West Huntington. The manufacturing has declined, but the spirit and culture of entrepreneurship are strong. The first renaissance of 14th Street West came in the 1980s when the 100th Anniversary was celebrated with the inaugural Old Central City Days. Shop fronts were filled with Antiques that celebrated the history of handmade goods and heirlooms of past generations.
Today the district offers unique finds to personalize any style, including traditional, Farmhouse, Boho, Modern, Rustic, and Industrial. The Central City Antiques District welcomes artist and makers to hone their modern crafts alongside the historical backdrop. Central City is positioning itself to be a destination for Arts, Antiques, Culture, and Commerce in the Appalachian Region. Please join us in this transition and support our local shopkeepers with your purchases.
Start your experience by finding the Central City Cornerstone from July 30, 1893, when the town was founded. This building was the City Hall from 1893-1909 then was transitioned into the St. Cloud Fire Station until a modern fire station was built in the area. Original bricks from 14th Street West along with photo archives can be viewed at the West Huntington Library.
Explore the shops with antique, vintage, salvage,