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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...

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...

Forgotten West Virginia tavern rediscovered in Greenbrier County

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Once counted among the most gracious homes in the Greenbrier Valley, the historic Level Tavern on scenic US-219 is being rediscovered,...

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,...

Historians in West Virginia baffled by strange cemetery monuments

OAK HILL, W.Va. — Historians in West Virginia say they're baffled by a strange arrangement of monuments in a cemetery near the New River...

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...

Sleepy valley of Indian Creek grows as a residential destination

The valley of Indian Creek in Monroe County wanders through scenic farmscapes.
Though it might sound cliche, time really does stand still in the Indian Creek valley in southern West Virginia. A winery has opened. Farmers...

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...

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...

Historical open house set at pre-Civil War cabin in Raleigh County

FAIRDALE, W.Va. — A public open house for historians and history buffs has been scheduled for Saturday, October 28, at a pre-Civil War homeplace...

West Virginia trail leads through garden of strange rocks

David Sibray explores boulders along the Honeycomb Rocks Trail in Pocahontas County, near Marlinton, West Virginia.
Wherever you turn in West Virginia, you're bound to find remarkable rocks, cliffs, and boulders, and some of them may appear bizarrely unnatural. One...

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