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Bramwell Christmas tour adds new home being restored

Visitors tour a line of decorated shops during the Bramwell Christmas Tour of Homes. (Photo: Mercer County CVB)
A historic village of lavish homes in a remote corner of West Virginia is adding a new landmark to its annual Christmas tour, hosted...

Roadside curiosity captures imaginations in Pocahontas County

Dave Sibray surveys the curious cone on Elk Mountain, a roadside attraction along U.S. 219 in Pocahontas County.
Renowned for its mountain scenery, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, provides travelers with more than plenty to talk about.  But one small landmark seems to...

John Henry Historical Park gaining national attention

A statue of folk hero John Henry stands outside the Big Bend Tunnel.
The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the construction of the Big Bend Tunnel in southern West Virginia—the enterprise that legendarily took the...

Obscure building at prehistoric mound boasts curious history

Prisoners from the adjacent penitentiary helped build the old Grave Creek Mount Museum.
When tourists arrive in Moundsville, West Virginia, they often come to see the massive Grave Creek Adena burial mound or tour the infamous West...

Largest tree in West Virginia rises along Wheeling Creek

David Sibray considers the mossy trunk of the largest tree in West Virginia. (Photo: Alfred Clark)
When George Washington first visited Point Pleasant in present-day West Virginia in 1770 he discovered a sycamore that measured 44 feet and 10 inches...

Second craft beverage summit on tap for Oct. 23 in Fairmont

A craft beer waits a thirsty patron at a West Virginia brewery.
The Robert C. Byrd Institute and the West Virginia Food-and-Farm Coalition will present the second “Craft: A Farm-to-Bottle Summit” Oct. 23 in Fairmont, West...

Scenic Hills Creek in W.Va. belies geologic secrets

The lower falls of Hills Creek for many years was practically inaccessible to all but the most intrepid waterfalls hunters.
Hills Creek in Pocahontas County is more than just a pretty stream. Its waterfalls have won fame world over, but there's more to the...

Historic Jenny Gap tunnel once stolen by a railroad

David Sibray peers into the Jenny Gap Tunnel near Lester, West Virginia, in Raleigh County.
Railroad companies in the early 1900s bored six tunnels through Guyandotte Mountain, and all but one have since been closed and sealed. By far...

October pow-wow in Tucker County moves, expands

The Five River Campground extends along the valley of the Cheat River north of Parsons, West Virginia.
To accommodate a larger attendance, the inaugural gathering of Native Americans for song and dance on the Cheat River on October 5-6 has been...

Nightmare attraction shadowed real life Mad Butcher horror

A dismemberment diagram sometimes associated with the Mad Butcher. (Image courtesy Melody Bragg)
Perhaps one of the most frightening aspects of the "Nightmare on the Gorge" haunted house attraction near Oak Hill, West Virginia, is that a...

W.Va. Historic Preservation Awards winners announced

The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
In advance of Saturday's annual preservation awards banquet in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia today announced the winners of its...

Six West Virginia parks to offer guided autumn hikes

The White Hollow Trail descends through Kanawha State Forest near Charleston, West Virginia.
Autumn is an ideal season for woodland walks and, to celebrate, six West Virginia state parks and forests are offering guided hikes with park...

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