Anna Jarvis Museum

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Place Category: MuseumPlace Tags: Places in WV

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    This museum is a historic home dedicated to the founder of Mother’s Day, who was born and spent her childhood in this house – Anna Jarvis. She had a close relationship with her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, a social activist who during the Civil War taught other women the basics of nursing and sanitation, and by that, she helped save thousands of lives. To honor her own mother as well as all mothers, Jarvis campaigned to establish a holiday celebrating mothers and motherhood.
    Visit the restored house to learn about the story of Mother’s Day, its founder and her muse. Don’t miss the McClellan memorabilia room to get a glimpse of the way of life during the Civil War (which during the war, the house was occupied by General George B. McClellan who used it as headquarters).
    You can also enjoy special events, such as “Paranormal Nights at the Museum,” “Music in the park,” and the “Mother’s Day Founder Festival.”

    Anna Jarvis and the history of Mother's Day

    May 11, 2008, is the 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day. The holiday began in Grafton, West Virginia.
    Emily Corio has more on the West Virginia connection to Mother's Day, and how the person who started it all later lamented what the holiday turned into.
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    Address: 3576 Webster Pike, Grafton, WV 26354
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  • Photo credit - Library of Congress