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Welcome to the Culture news directory at West Virginia Explorer. Follow along as we explore the diverse cultures that have come to define the West Virginia experience.

The ghosts of Sliding Hill are not forgotten by an older...

HARTFORD CITY, W.Va. — Old-timers still tell of the ghosts that are said to haunt Sliding Hill in Mason County, though only the very...

Chef Boyardee's surprising link to this famous West Virginia resort

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Surprising as it might seem, the iconic image of Chef Boyardee that adorns so many food packages worldwide is...

West Virginia museum curator: locals know there's a Bigfoot out there

SUTTON, W.Va. — Locals know there's a Bigfoot, or several of the creatures, living in the forests of central West Virginia, according to the...

Bizarre tale of "Moon Man" lives on in remote Braxton County...

CENTRALIA, W.Va. — The ghost town of Centralia, with no more than a dozen houses and a country store, might seem one of the...

Tragedy of the Rebecca affirms the danger of Ohio River in...

Artist's conception of wreck of steamboat Rebecca at Parkersburg in 1869.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — While the interior of West Virginia remained a virtual wilderness through the late 1800s, wharves along the Ohio River bustled with...

Ghostly tale of Burnt House lives through strange W.Va. town name

The legend of the village of Burnt House is linked to one of the state's favorite old ghost stories.
BURNT HOUSE, W.Va. — Motorists traveling WV-47 between Weston and Parkersburg are sure to have noticed the sign for the village of Burnt House...

Prehistoric West Virginia was never a so-called uninhabited hunting ground

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When I moved to West Virginia in 2013, just out of grad school and anxious to learn more about the local...

A silver rush in the Ohio Valley near Ravenswood, W.Va., came...

Wirt and Jackson counties experienced a failed silver rush in the late 1800s.
SILVER VALLEY, W.Va. — Is there silver in the hills of West Virginia? Parts of what's now western West Virginia enjoyed a kind of...

Tale of West Virginia monster may have first been documented in...

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The legend of a now well-publicized West Virginia monster known regionally as the "White Thing" may have first been documented by...

Historic spring, cabin undetected near busy W.Va. expressway interchange

BECKLEY, W.Va. — A stone's throw from one of the busiest traffic centers in West Virginia, a spring house and one-room cabin are all...

Hidden waterfall near W.Va. capitol linked to remarkable manuscript

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Tucked away in a wooded gorge near the West Virginia Capitol, one of the highest waterfalls in the region also powered...

On the Ohio River, Wheeling was once proposed as a new...

WHEELING, W.Va. — There was a time when Wheeling was being proposed as the location for a new capital of the U.S., though the...

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