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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...

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 the place on a map is difficult. Finding it in the steep woodlands is even harder. But on a remote hillside at the...

Historians work to divine mysteries of old West Virginia tavern

Sibray (left) and Burdette explore stonework and hewn timbers in one of the tavern rooms.
A room built from a boat. Folk art from the Civil War. A carving that appears to predate all else by a century. The...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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