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Storied West Virginia monument stands forgotten in woods

David Sibray visits the stone that establishes the base of the northern panhandle of West Virginia.
Finding it on a map is difficult. Hiking to it is even harder. But on a wooded hillside at the southwest corner of Pennsylvania...

Chief Logan park introduces spring birdwatching program

A Pine Sisken perches on a bare branch at Chief Logan State Park. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.
Chief Logan State Park is introducing a free bird-watching program on weekends in February, March, and April to welcome novice and ardent bird watchers...

Legendary valley of Skull Run steeped in pioneer lore

David Sibray visits the Ebenezer Church beyond the Low Gap at the head of Skull Run.
A traveler wandering the pastures along Skull Run might have little idea of the dark tales that have arisen in that section of Jackson...

Hunters harvest 108,856 deer during fall-Jan. seasons

White-tailed deer in West Virginia
Hunters in West Virginia registered 108,856 white-tailed deer through West Virginia's electronic game-checking system during the recently completed seasons, according to the state Division...

North Bend hosts free beekeeping program Feb. 28

A honeybee pollinates a dandelion in West Virginia
Lushly forested West Virginia is a ideally suited to the production of rich, golden honey, and North Bend State Park is fostering the industry...

Cooper’s Rock fest celebrates winter fun Feb. 9

View from Raven Rock
The eighth annual Winterfest celebration at Coopers Rock State Forest Feb. 9 provides guests free hikes, introductory courses in snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and...

W.Va. youth kinship with nature demonstrated through art

Model of Glade Creek Gristmill
Children raised in rural West Virginia have advantages that many others may not. Strong familial units and low-crime are commonly accounted for, but they...

Bizzare ‘Wild West’ massacre erupted in Cowen in 1905

Richwood, West Virginia (WV) in 1910 was the center of a booming timber industry.
Cowen today is a sleepy town of 500, perhaps best known for its location near a quiet lake, but it was hardly so in...

Recent bigfoot sightings at Sutton Lake have historic precedent

Bigfoot allegedly caught on hunter's cam in Fayette County, West Virginia. Source undetermined.
Sightings of a bigfoot alleged recently at Sutton Lake in central West Virginia may have a historic precedent. Old news clippings that refer to a...

W.Va. ramp feasts 2019: submissions for online guide sought

Cleaned ramps in Bowl
Is your organization sponsoring a ramp feast or festival in 2019? More than 30,000 readers used West Virginia Explorer's 2018 guide to ramp feasts...

Historian looks for patterns in vanishing town names

No longer standing, a large home in Stotesburg was among few structures the remained after coal played out in the Winding Gulf in Raleigh County, West Virginia.
Bacontown, Battleship, Black Oak Bottom — though they no longer exist, these vanished communities are among nearly 300 towns that historian Carl Wolfe has...

2018-’19 bear harvest in W.Va. declined, still 6th highest

A black bear hides in a thicket in rural West Virginia
West Virginia hunters harvested 2,606 bears during the combined 2018 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, black-bear project leader for the state...

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