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Curious turn-of-the-century town attracting Ohio River investors

Terry Wiley is welcoming others to invest in Sistersville, West Virginia, on the Ohio River.
Rural Sistersville, West Virginia, might seem a curious place for a village of high-style architecture, but then the oil rush that brought prosperity here...

Remote West Virginia campground includes its own ghost

Might a headless ghost still haunt the forests around Bakers Run Campground?
There are many remote campgrounds in West Virginia, but few are as remote as Baker's Run Campground and boast their own ghost. Only 30 minutes...

DNR makes special trout stocking at Summersville Lake tailwater

Gauley River in Gauley River National Recreation Area, New River Gorge Region
Just in time for free fishing weekend June 8 and 9, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources—in cooperation with the West Virginia Professional River...

BEX arts exhibition June 22-30 celebrates “weird” Beckley vibe

A poster for the BEX exhibitions at Beckley seems to underscore the community's undefined vibe.
Artists in downtown Beckley, West Virginia, have engaged more than 40 partners in BEX, a remarkable collaborative exhibition set for June 22-30 that includes...

Did legendary Mothman first appear at Clendenin cemetery?

Did the legendary Mothman first appear in the trees above a cemetery at Clendenin, West Virginia?
Whether or not you believe in tales of "Mothman," if you live in West Virginia, you're sure to have heard them. In a state...

Isolated Webster County once declared itself a state

Cliffs in Hacker Valley, Webster County, Allegheny Highlands Region
Perhaps no county in West Virginia is as isolated as Webster County. Entirely mountainous, no expressway or U.S. highway ventures into it, and many...

June 1 float supports West Fork, now prime kayak-fishing destination

Paddlers gather during the 2018 Float the Fork on the West Fork River.
The West Fork River is fast becoming one of the state's most exciting destinations for kayak fishing, according to a spokesman for a river-restoration...

Strange legend of Strange Creek may never be confirmed

Strange Creek wanders through the forests of central West Virginia to meet the Elk River.
Too much time may have passed to confirm anything of the legend of Strange Creek—long among the most haunting tales in West Virginia history,...

W.Va. Renaissance fest ’19 offers family-friendly fun

A knight prepares to joust at the West Virginia Renaissance Festival.
Boasting fairies, mermaids, unicorns, and a real elephant, the West Virginia Renaissance Festival is ideal for families with children, according to organizers who say...

Yankee Sullivan fought 1847 match near Harpers Ferry

Prize-fighter Yankee Sullivan bested Bob Caunt near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
The month of May marks the beginning of West Virginia's rainy season, the time of year when storms build quickly over her mountain forests...

Historians find older-than-expected buildings in North Wheeling

Historic properties in North Wheeling may soon be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Many North Wheeling buildings are a step closer to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and development officials have found several...

Does point at tip of northern panhandle mark beginning of West?

David Sibray inspects the Point of Beginning Monument near the West Virginia border.
Often it's said West Virginia's strange shape renders it "most northern" of the southern U.S. states and "most southern" of the northern. Its northern...

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