Williamston resident John Brannon, now deceased, is being recognized in his hometown in West Virginia for his efforts in the growth and development of the Webster County Historical Museum. Brannon’s wife Catherine was recently notified that the Museum Committee of the Webster County Historical Society had recommended what they called an appropriate and fitting tribute to the memory of Mr. Brannon.
The Historical Society plans to erect a replica of a Dietz #3 Streetlamp, as depicted in historical photographs and drawings of the McLaughlin House, near the position of the original. The house is being renovated to house the museum.
The streetlamp will have an electric bulb replicating a gaslight flame which will be illuminated on special occasions at the museum such as the “Christmas at the Museum” celebration and other events throughout the year.
There will also be a plaque honoring the memory of Brannon placed on the post.
The plaque will read, “In memory of John Brannon whose work on our heritage helped light a brighter vision for the future of succeeding generations.”
Brannon was instrumental in renovations of Williamston’s historic depot.