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Trans-Allegheny asylum to host 12,000-egg Easter hunt

More than 400 children are expected to attend the egg hunt at the Trans-Allegheny asylum.
The Easter Bunny will work overtime Sunday morning in Weston hiding more than 12,000 eggs on the lawn of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, a...

Outdoor festival organizer lauds West Virginia’s tourism potential

Festival-goers relax around a bonfire at Waynestock, celebrating its 20th year at River Expeditions.
The organizer of one of West Virginia's longest-running outdoor-recreation festivals says the Mountain State is an ideal travel destination and is encouraging its communities...

Old penitentiary now attracting more than 30,000 annual visitors

The Old West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville now welcomes tourists. Photo courtesy David Gear.
More than 30,000 visitors now tour the old West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville every year, and officials say traffic is expected to increase as...

Sign recognizing Eastern Continental Divide could gain ground

A sign recognizing the Eastern Continental Divide rises along I-68 in Maryland. Google Maps image.
North America's Eastern Continental Divide wanders across much of the eastern U.S., marking the division between waters that flow east to the Atlantic and...

Charleston’s first board-built house still stands

The first board-built home in Charleston, the Craik-Patton House still stands near Daniel Boone Park.
Until 1834 nearly every residence in the Kanawha Valley near present-day Charleston was built of hewn timbers. Then along came James Craik, whose Greek...

Old Stone Face inspires new guide to rock faces in West...

David Sibray visits Old Stone Face at North Bend State Park near Cairo, West Virginia.
As often as I've visited North Bend State Park, I only just found out about Old Stone Face —one of many fascinating landmarks at...

Oil spilled from W.Va.’s largest well once reached Ohio River

David Sibray explores the capped Copley Oil Well near Weston, West Virginia.
Here in meadow along the upper reaches of the Sand Fork of the Little Kanawha River, it's hard to imagine that there was ever...

West Virginia springwater attracting new audiences

Mineral waters at Capon Springs & Farms flow freely year round.
Legendary West Virginia springs are attracting new audiences among health conscious people who long for a return to simpler times. Once supposed curative, "healing" springs...

Old “swastika building” near Beckley still turning heads

Once a sign of good luck, these emblems on an old building at Raleigh still turn heads.
"What can you tell me about the old building near Beckley with the swastikas on it? Was it built by nazis?" I'm asked some version...

Bald eagle survey highlight of Pipestem birding weekend

Bald eagle populations are growing in West Virginia
Bald eagles—never before seen in southern West Virginia—have become inhabitants over the last decade, and naturalists at Pipestem Resort State Park are inviting the...

Study: heritage tourism economic engine for W.Va.

Palisade at Pricketts Fort State Park, Mount Harmony, WV Marion County, Monongahela Valley Region
A recent study of the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia’s AmeriCorps program suggests its heritage tourism programming is an important economic engine for West...

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...

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