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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...

Farm at Twin Falls recalls authentic Appalachian landscape

Pioneer Farm at Twin Falls Resort State Park
What did an authentic Appalachian pioneer farm look like? Perhaps there's no better place to find out than at Twin Falls Resort State Park...

New Deal-era community center in need of financial assistance

The historic Homestead School in the Tygart Valley is in need of financial assistance.
VALLEY BEND, W.Va.—At the heart of an experimental community established during the New Deal in West Virginia, the rescued Homestead Community Center in the...

Historians find older-than-expected buildings in North Wheeling

Historic properties in North Wheeling may soon be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Many North Wheeling buildings are a step closer to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and development officials have found several...

Does point at tip of northern panhandle mark beginning of West?

David Sibray inspects the Point of Beginning Monument near the West Virginia border.
Often it's said West Virginia's strange shape renders it "most northern" of the southern U.S. states and "most southern" of the northern. Its northern...

Distinctive building in West Virginia may not stand much longer

Among the most remarkable landmarks in West Virginia, the Tyler County Poor farm continues to fall into disrepair.
In the midst of a scenic valley, on the edge of a county fairground, it waits empty, looking out across broad pastures. Some say...

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...

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