About Scotts Run

Scotts Run is a five-mile long hollow named after the winding stream that flows through 13 coal camp communities in Monongalia County, West Virginia. The area was one of the most intensively developed coal districts in the United States by World War I. However, during the 1930s, many of the coal mines in Scotts Run closed or operated sporadically due to the economic effects of the Great Depression. Scott’s Run was made famous by Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographers who came to capture portraits of the Appalachian coalfields.

Today, Scotts Run Museum and Trail commemorates the diverse heritage of Scotts Run. We remember the past and encourage future growth through development of the park, gardens, music row, public events and local businesses. Scotts Run has always been known as a socially diverse community, with over 19 ethnic groups living together in harmony by the 1930s. Many personal stories attest to happiness unconnected to financial success, lessons from which we can learn a thing or two. Come explore some of this heritage and wisdom at the Scotts Run Museum and Trail, which begins in Osage and leads visitors through the communities of Scotts Run.

miners gathered on a porch in the 1930s

Gathered on a porch playing games in the 1930s.

Map showing 13 Scotts Run communities
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Our Vision

Our vision is to be a place to share the stories and learn from experiences of integrated coal camps of Scotts Run.

Board of Directors

Mary Jane Coulter

Executive Director

Sarah Little


Patty Thomas

Vice President

Nancy Coles


Robert Glock