The purpose of the West Jefferson County Historical Society is to stimulate interest in and increase the knowledge of history of the Roupes Valley part of Alabama and the three homes in our care in particular. The WJCHS shall accomplish this mission by facilitating a variety of educational experiences for the public using home tours, lecture, artistic and cultural demonstrations, and presentations of historical objects, structures, and sites. We are responsible for the stewardship of these treasures homes for the public. The WJCHS is the leading organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the 19th century pioneer era of Jefferson County development from early settlement through early industrialization.
Shortly after the establishment of WJCHS in 1972, three pioneer homes, the Owen House, the Sadler House, and the McAdory House, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were donated to the organization. The WJCHS contributes to education and heritage tourism by preserving and interpreting these cultural resources that are unique representations of vernacular architecture and by demonstrating with the use of collections, the lives of individuals significant to patterns in local, regional, and state history through public programs.