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Unique Mothman Festival expected to break attendance records

Fans of the Mothman wander Main Street during the Mothman Festival at Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
Organizers of the annual Mothman Festival at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, say they're expecting record visitation on the weekend of September 21 as interest...

Fayetteville’s Bridge Jam music fest moved to Aug 23-24

Since 2016, Bridge Jam has been welcoming musical acts to Fayetteville, West Virginia.
One of West Virginia's most remarkable music festivals has changed its dates and capacity, promising more bands, more music, and more craft beer, according...

Tale of Big John among West Virginia’s best known ghost stories

According to some tales, Big Jones body was found at the bottom of a mine shaft.
If you've ever had the opportunity to descend into a West Virginia coal mine, you'll likely come away with a sense of the absolute...

New Martinsville to host North America boating championship

Boats race on the Ohio River at New Martinsville, West Virginia, during the 2017 Regattafest.
The allure of the Ohio River has won the eighth annual Regattafest at New Martinsville, West Virginia, designation as host of the American Power...

Allstadt’s Corner donated to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

The Allstadt House and Ordinary has been added to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
Nearly 160 years after John Brown raided the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, the National Park Service is welcoming the gift of another 13...

North Bend State Park hosts 52nd annual Nature Wonder Weekend

A park ranger demonstrates fire-pit cooking at North Bend State Park near Cairo, West Virginia
North Bend State Park’s Nature Wonder Weekend—North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods event—will celebrate its 52nd year Sept. 20-22. “Participants this year will learn...

Bethany College seeks volunteers for trail system clean-up

Hundreds of hikers visit the trail system annually at Bethany College.
Bethany College is seeking outdoor enthusiasts to volunteer for its trail system workday from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. The system includes...

Shepherd Civil War Center to host Antietam Battlefield presentation

Shepherd University will host Kevin Pawlak, author of “Antietam National Battlefield.”
Shepherd University’s George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War will host a presentation by alumnus Kevin Pawlak on his new...

Scholars debunk myth of prehistoric giants in West Virginia

An 1907 article in the Wheeling News helped popularize the ancient giants myth.
This month, I had the opportunity to talk with the lead curator at Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex about a prevailing myth in West Virginia...

Snowshoe Highlands Ride Center unveiled today by IMBA

The International Mountain Bicycling Association announced the newest recipient of its Ride Center designation—the Snowshoe Highlands Ride Center in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association announced this week the new recipient of its IMBA Ride Center designation—the Snowshoe Highlands Ride Center in Pocahontas County,...

Discover Hatfield-McCoy country at Appalachian Heritage Day

A family of loggers poses with their beasts of burden alongside logs timbered in the mountains of southern West Virginia.
Though the Appalachian Mountains wander from Alabama to Newfoundland, there's hardly a more quintessentially Appalachian territory than that in which the Hatfields and McCoys...

Famous West Virginia goat has likely passed

The Powell Mountain goat grazes on cliffs near Summersville, West Virginia.
Her white coat gleaming against the grey cliffs atop Powell Mountain, a lonely she-goat that became the darling of motorists traveling U.S. 19 has...

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