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New Hatfield-McCoy museum includes world's largest collection of feud artifacts

The new Hatfield-McCoy Country Museum at Williamson, West Virginia, on the Kentucky border, features the world's largest collection of artifacts of the world-famous Appalachian...

W.Va. resort named top in U.S. News & World Report feature

Tunneling through treetops, Adventures on the Gorge
Adventures on the Gorge has been numbered among the top six adventure resorts in the country in a U.S. News & World Report story. On...

Prehistoric mastodon may have carried these thorny trees into W.Va.

David Sibray inspects a thorny locust tree at Spring Hill Cemetery.
CAIRO, W.Va. — With thorns the size of knives, this bizarre cousin of the black locust tree that's common throughout West Virginia might have...

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...

Summersville Lake to become newest state park in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On the north shore of Summersville Lake, West Virginia will soon open its 36th state park. Summersville Lake State Park will...

Harpers Ferry park proposes closure of Maryland Heights parking

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
National Park Service officials say that after careful consideration they propose permanently closing parking areas at Maryland Heights at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The...

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...

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...

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...

Ramp dinners across West Virginia growing in popularity

David Sibray holds a bundle of ramps harvested in West Virginia.
RICHWOOD, W.Va. — Ramp dinners in West Virginia are growing in popularity, and their non-profit hosts are benefitting from the burgeoning interest in all...

New River Gorge national park generated $96.1 million in 2022

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The National Park Service’s 2022 report on visitor spending has found that the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve in...

12 remarkable facts about the New River Gorge in West Virginia

The Adventures on the Gorge Resort overlooks the New River Gorge National Park near Fayetteville, W.Va.
FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va. — The nation's newest national park, the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, is full of secrets, surprises, historic sites,...


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