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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...

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...

Powerhouse near Beckley found eligible for national register

The landmark Raleigh Coal and Coke Co. powerhouse has been found eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
RALEIGH, W.Va.—A landmark industrial building near Beckley, West Virginia, has been determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The former powerhouse...

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...

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...

Farm at Twin Falls recalls authentic Appalachian landscape

Pioneer Farm at Twin Falls Resort State Park
PINEVILLE, W.Va. — What did an authentic Appalachian pioneer farm of the 1800s look like? Perhaps there's no better place to find out than...

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...

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...

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...

Auditorium focus of W.Va. preservation banquet Sept. 30

The Municipal Auditorium, in Charleston will host the annual state Preservation Alliance awards banquet
Charleston's Municipal Auditorium on Sept. 30 will host and serve as the focus of the annual banquet for the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia,...

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...

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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