So that's why The Morgantown History Museum is embarking on a project that will help locals understand how the city got started.
They'll be building a replica of a flatboat used in the 1700's. Why a flatboat?
Morgantown in those days was a river town, and Decker's Creek was a stopping point for people traveling down the river, one of the only ways to travel long distances back then. Frontier men and women would haul whiskey into other states. Families looking for a new life in the West would also stop.
And for those that do, they'll have hand in building a piece of history, which in turn, will make them a part of history.
Ball added," I see this as a good project to have an eclectic mix of people learning something new and building something that will probably, with using white oak, be there for fifty years."
Even though the flatboat is still in the early stages of production, in a couple of years, when you walk the Rail Trails down by Ruby McQuain Park, you'll be able to get on board the boat, which will be perched on land.