The Morgantown Wharf and Warehouse Historic District (now known as the Wharf Downtown) played a significant role in the area’s settlement and industrialization. The district runs from University Avenue to the Monongahela River and from Warren Street to one lot north of Walnut Street.
The present day Wharf Downtown’s location on the Monongahela River and Deckers Creek made it an ideal location for settlement. In fact, it is the site of the first settlement in Morgantown. Thomas Decker, the first individual to settle in the area, established himself where Deckers Creek and the Monongahela River meet in the present day Wharf Downtown in 1758. Though this original settlement was destroyed by a Native American raid, Zackquill Morgan, the founder of Morgantown, also established himself in the area near Decker’s Creek in 1766.
The Wharf Downtown was the location of early industry in Morgantown. The district was an early “intermodal transportation nucleus,” located at the meeting point between steam boat and railroad travel. Industrial and warehouse sites were created along the Mon River to take advantage of river travel, and the B&O Railroad ran north and south along this district. Several resources associated with the railroad are now part of the Rails to Trails system that runs through the Wharf Downtown, including the bridge that spans over Deckers Creek.
The district contains predominantly 19th and 20th century commercial and industrial buildings. Its period of significance ranges from 1847 – 1948. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998 with one building, the Kincaid and Arnett Feed and Flour Building, receiving an individual listing.
Check out the full National Register listing here.
See what unique businesses are located in the Wharf Downtown here.