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Remnants 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)
Historians in central West Virginia are preparing to commemorate the mysterious site of the crash of a remarkable military aircraft—a wood-winged bi-plane sent to...

Seventeen new W.Va. historic sites added to national register in 2023

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Seventeen new historic sites have been added to the National Register of Historic Places in West Virginia in 2023, spanning every...

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...

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...

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...

Oil spilled from W.Va.'s largest well once reached Ohio River

David Sibray explores the capped Copley Oil Well near Weston, West Virginia.
COPLEY, W.Va. — In a quiet meadow along the upper reaches of the Sand Fork of the Little Kanawha River, it's hard to imagine...

Old country cemeteries in Appalachia were shaded rather than grassy

David Sibray at cemetery in West Virginia
GRANDVIEW, W.Va. — Trees once shaded country cemeteries in Appalachia. As a practical matter, they were not covered in grassy lawns, which would have...

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...

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...

Cook's Old Mill centerpiece of a historic W.Va. landscape

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

Davis & Elkins unveils plans for historic Graceland mansion

ELKINS, W.Va. — Davis & Elkins College has announced plans to partner with regionally renowned chef Dale Hawkins and Fish Hawk Hospitality in 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...

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