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Reputedly haunted portrait spooking visitors at W.Va. museum

This haunting portrait of "Annie" is spooking visitors at a museum in Moundsville, West Virginia.
Of more than 400 artifacts collected in this museum of the paranormal in West Virginia's "city of the dead," one is attracting more attention...

Old-fashioned sled park in West Virginia longest on East Coast

DAVIS, W.Va. — Nothing beats an old-fashioned ride on a sled, and one of the nation's longest sled runs, at Blackwater Falls State Park...

"Peters Mountain Roar" continues to mystify West Virginia residents

ZENITH, W.Va. — Those who have heard the haunting "Peters Mountain Roar" say it will forever stay with them. "The roar of a thousand...

America's newest national park could suffer historical demolitions

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. – Unable to secure funds to sustain them, the National Park Service has announced plans to demolish more than 30 structures...

Lone country church in southern West Virginia has unexpected history

TAMS, W.Va. — Most folks who come across the New Salem Baptist Church in southern West Virginia believe it to be abandoned. In cosmetic...

Blair Mountain battlefield returned to National Register

Miners gather at a coal mining camp after a surrender at Blair Mountain, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy W.Va. Archives
Blair Mountain, the site of the largest labor uprising in U.S. history, has been added again to the National Register of Historic Places, according...

Historic Jenny Gap tunnel in West Virginia once stolen by a...

David Sibray peers into the Jenny Gap Tunnel near Lester, West Virginia, in Raleigh County.
LESTER, W.Va. — Railroad companies in the early 1900s bored six tunnels through Guyandotte Mountain to extract coal from the last undeveloped coalfield in...

Extraordinary Beartown State Park a classroom for West Virginia geology

Visitors stroll the boardwalks at Beartown State Park in southeastern West Virginia.
DROOP, W.Va. — Among the smallest state parks in West Virginia, 110-acre Beartown State Park is nevertheless among its most fascinating. For decades, it's...

Dublin Irish Festival 2014

Map of Dublin Irish Festival 2014
Every year for more than a decade West Virginia Explorer contributor Blair Frier has documented the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio, through exceptional...

Extraordinary rock "castle" being rediscovered in West Virginia town

PINEVILLE, W.Va. — Looming above the county seat of Wyoming County amid the mountains of southern West Virginia, a "forgotten" pinnacle of sandstone more...

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...

West Virginia to introduce more elk, create new elk visitor center

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources will introduce 40 new elk to the Mountain State’s growing herd in 2024 and create...

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