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Lesser-known facts about Coffindaffer's roadside crosses

Three crosses rise along a West Virginia ridge.
SUTTON, W.Va.—One night in 1984, the Reverend Bernard Coffindaffer had an epiphany. God called him, he explained afterward, to erect sets of three crosses...

Preservation programs will support leasing in Thurmond ghost town

THURMOND, W.Va. — Programming through a preservation organization in West Virginia will support leasing in this historic town where the National Park Service had...

Tale of "Frosty the Snowman" is rooted in mountains of West...

Frosty the Snowman leads a group of children in the 1969 animated Christmas television special b Rankin/Bass Productions.
KEYSER, W.Va. — Few West Virginians may know that the tale of "Frosty the Snowman" came to life in the Mountain State. While the...

Alliance declares historic stone walls across West Virginia "endangered"

ELKINS, W.Va. — To help educate the public about the value and stability of historic stone walls, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia has...

Monument near Summersville, West Virginia, recalls beloved nanny goat

The Powell Mountain goat once grazed the cliffs along US-19.
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — A monument raised in memory of an escaped nanny goat is attracting the attention of motorists on US-19 in central West...

Early White Half-Runner Beans originated in Calhoun County, W.Va.

An American favorite, Early White Half Runner Beans originated in Calhoun County, West Virginia.
The Early White Half-Runner Bean, beloved across the northern U.S., originated in West Virginia among the hill farms of southern Calhoun County. Though it...

Scenic trout stream lies hidden along I-77 / I-64 West Virginia...

An angler casts into scenic Paint Creek, hidden just out of site of Interstates 64 and 77.
PAX, W.Va. — Few motorists traveling the West Virginia Turnpike between Beckley and Charleston may know that one of the state's most beautiful trout...

Eight edible spring plants that grow wild in West Virginia

Common Blue Violets are among the edible plants one can find growing almost anywhere in West Virginia.
I hunt for undomesticated plants. Even though I have a substantial vegetable garden, which supplies my family with a steady supply of fresh, frozen,...

"Worm Moon of March" lore is accurate, says West Virginia gardener

FLAT TOP, W.Va. — Worms are already making their presence known in the upper layers of the soil in early March, says a West...

West Virginia's northern panhandle was once prime U.S. sheep country

The old-time breed of sheep raised in the mountains was small but hardy and adapted to spending its time in the woods.
WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia may best be known for its vast mountain forests, but its northern panhandle was once a grassland clipped low...

Use our ultimate guide to spring wildflowers in West Virginia

A yellow spring flower blossoms on an Allegheny ridge top.
After winter's passed and before the trees leaf out, the West Virginia forest bursts into a profusion of colorful flowers. No one understood this Appalachian...

Isolated cemeteries in hilly West Virginia require special care

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Due to isolation and hilly terrain, rural cemeteries in West Virginia often require special care. One of the state's leading conservators...

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