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Welcome to the Communities News Directory at West Virginia Explorer. Be sure to visit our Communities Travel Guide for information about communities in West Virginia.

Ramp feasts in West Virginia may witness post-peak growth

A mess of ramps cooks during the annual ramp dinner at Helvetia, West Virginia.
The worst of the pandemic seemingly over, West Virginia may witness the enthusiastic return of community ramp feasts in spring 2022, according to the...

Origin of name "Polemic Run" may arguably remain a W.Va. mystery

BIRCH RIVER, W.Va. — Each day, more than 10,000 motorists pass the turn-offs onto Polemic Run Road in central West Virginia, but few leave...

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...

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...

Built in 1800, historic New River Gorge landmark for sale

The large veranda along the front of the tavern is among the architectural highlights noted in the landmark's nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
A national historic landmark built in 1800 near the northern end of the New River Gorge in West Virginia is for sale. (View the...

West Virginia tourism releases 2022 fall foliage map

The W.Va. Division of Forestry predicts peak fall foliage will emerge in late September in the Allegheny Mountains.
The West Virginia Tourism Office has released its 2022 predictive map for fall foliage, estimating the peak of the leaf-peeping season to begin in...

Hill Top House project in Harpers Ferry moving ahead

The Hill Top House may be accepting guests by 2024 now that the City of Harpers Ferry has approved construction.
It’s been a long time coming, but there’s good news for fans of the renowned Hill Top House Hotel, the majestic destination in Harpers...

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...

West Virginia officials break ground on section of US-48 expressway

PARSONS, W.Va. — Officials in West Virginia have broken ground on one of the remaining sections of the US-48 expressway, opening more of the...

Forbes names West Virginia among best U.S. employers

Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha County, Metro Valley Region
The State of West Virginia has been named to the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers 2022, Gov. Jim Justice announced. The list includes...

West Virginia reaches nation's second highest export growth rate

“Our days of being 50th in every category coming and going are over," Justice said of the announcement.
Gov. Jim Justice announced today that West Virginia had reached the second-highest export growth rate of any state in the nation in 2021. He...

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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