Trap Hill History Museum preserves the past of Raleigh County


47 years worth of yearbooks come to life at the new Trap Hill History Museum, honoring the former Trap Hill High School that opened in 1930 and shut down in 1977 to later become Liberty High School.

For alumni and high school sweethearts like Ron and Jauanita Milam, pointing to the photos and newspaper clippings reminded them, not only of the times they had in the halls of Trap Hill High, but the evolution of Lester and surrounding communities.

“Not a lot of our graduates are still alive so it’s nice to be able to come back and be able to view these pictures and just to reminisce about Trap Hill and all its meant to us over the year,” Ron Milam added.

Mayor of Lester, Kenneth Allen told 59 News that a majority of these keepsakes belonged to former Trap Hill studentand local historian Roger Trail, who’s made DVDs about his alma mater and wanted to open this museum.

“Roger Trail was the one that came in and actually put all the pictures and so fourth up,” Allen added. “He approached me about putting this museum here. “

The museum opened just in time for Friday’s 2019 Trap Hill High School Reunion at the Raleigh County Convention Center. Alumni came to town from as far as Arizona, and made sure they passed through this new exhibit.

The Trap Hill History Museum is located in the Lester Town Hall Building, formerly Lester Elementary School. It will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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