In 1988, a group of artists and entrepreneurs in the Lost River Valley created a cooperative to promote and market high quality arts and crafts to tourist and members of the community. The Lost River General Store Association was owned and operated by its members. It was located at the Lost River General Store. The LRGSA later became the Lost River Artisans Cooperative.
A few years later, the members decided there should be an educational component to the cooperative and in 1992, the Lost River General Store Education Foundation was formed. The foundation was identified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS.
The foundation’s mission was, and continues to be, the preservation of traditional crafts and the promotion of arts through informational presentations, workshops and classes.
In 1998, the LRGSA moved to the Harper Barn, located about a quarter-mile south on Route 259. The Education Foundation opened a museum on the lower level. Under the capable care of Bill and Nancy Powell, the museum told the story of farm families in the Lost River Valley.
In 2015, The Lost River Artisans Cooperative, moved to the former Lost River Farm Supply, about two miles south on Route 259. That same year, the name of the LRGS Education Foundation was changed to the Lost River Educational Foundation.
In 2019, the Lost River Artisans Cooperative was dissolved. Its marketing activities operate under the Educational Foundation Artists Marketplace.
The Lost River Educational Foundation, has, throughout its history, endeavored to foster an appreciation for the history, preservation, production and value of traditional and contemporary handmade objects and products; provided an environment that supports arts and crafts education; and sought to increase the public’s awareness of heritage arts and crafts through demonstrations of craftsmanship..
We welcome and appreciate the support of the community in our mission.
(Contributed by Jean Flanagan).
Lost River Educational Foundation
8937 SR 259
PO Box 26
Lost City, WV 26810
304 897 7242