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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...

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. Finding it in the woods is even harder. But on a remote hillside at the southeast corner...

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...

National Park Service to unleash goats on invasive plants

Beginning Friday, September 7, visitors to Thurmond will be rewarded with the unusual sight of goats grazing on the hillside above this historic railroad town.
This fall, visitors to the historic ghost town of Thurmond, West Virginia, will encounter more than ghosts. They'll encounter goats. The National Park Service at...

Blair Mountain battlefield returned to National Register

Miners gather at a coal mining camp after a surrender at Blair Mountain, now on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy W.Va. Archives
Blair Mountain, the site of the largest labor uprising in U.S. history, has been added again to the National Register of Historic Places, according...

Mysterious Ferguson's Rock becomes Beckley attraction

Ferguson's Rock, of unknown origin, is located on the lawn of Wildwood at Beckley, W.Va.
Questions may always surround a mysterious inscribed boulder that's the become the subject of a preservation effort for a group of historians in Raleigh...

Fayetteville insurer specializing in historic W.Va. properties

Ben Morgan visits a historic W.Va. property
Developers in West Virginia are turning more often to preservation projects as investments, according to an insurer who's specializing in the insurance of historic...

B&O Railroad completed to Wheeling on Jan. 1, 1853

Railroad architecture at Grafton, WV, Taylor County, Monongahela Valley Region
On January 1, 1853, the first train arrived in Wheeling, West Virginia, (then Virginia) on the newly completed Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the first...

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