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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Wreck of remarkable aircraft may remain in the mountains

Martin MB-2 in flight with a pursuit aircraft practicing an attack. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Preservationists in central West Virginia are preparing to commemorate the site of the crash of a remarkable military aircraft sent to bomb striking miners...

Former coal camp near Beckley found eligible for National Register

Helen, West Virginia, has been found eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
One of the last coal camps that remain in the coalfields near Beckley, West Virginia, has been found eligible for inclusion on the National...

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...

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...

Legendary West Virginia springs attracting new audiences

Nothing compares to an old-fashioned bandstand, still at center of activity at Capon Springs.
Legendary springs across West Virginia 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...

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...

West Virginia’s endangered properties list to open year-round

Historic Reeds Mills stands along Second Creek in Monroe County.
There's often no time to waste when rescuing a historic landmark, which is why West Virginia's Preservation Alliance is expanding its endangered-properties program to...

Country cemeteries in W.Va. were once shady retreats

A headstone sales in a sea of periwinkle near Grandview, West Virginia (WV).
Strolling through a country cemetery, historian David Rotenizer spies something he's been looking for in the grass. "Just as I suspected," he says, crouching...

Chapel near Romance, W.Va., attracting more visitors annually

The Memorial Chapel at Rippling Waters Campground is attracting more visitors every year.
Now open year-round to visitors seeking solace, the Rippling Waters Chapel at Romance, in southern Jackson County, West Virginia, continues to attract more visitors...

Cook’s Old Mill centerpiece of a historic landscape

Cook,s Old Mill welcomes visitors at Greenville West Virginia.
It's rare that I have the opportunity to show my daughters a back-road attraction in West Virginia that they haven't seen before. They've joined...

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