81.1 F
Beckley
Monday, June 17, 2024
Home Culture History

History

Welcome to the History news directory at West Virginia Explorer, where you’ll find an archive of the most recent West Virginia history news published at West Virginia Explorer.

How the Pruntytown reformatory became a bogeyman in West Virginia

A farmhouse at Pruntytown was once part of the infamous boys' reformatory complex.
PRUNTYTOWN, W.Va. — If you were an unruly boy growing up in West Virginia before the 1980s, there's a chance your misbehaviors were met...

Decrepit West Virginia house recalls Dreamland murder-suicide tragedy

KENOVA, W.Va. — Every summer for nearly a century, people have flocked to Dreamland Pool in the small city of Kenova, West Virginia. On...

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...

WV, W.Va.: which abbreviation for West Virginia is correct?

Abbreviation for West Virginia
Throughout West Virginia Explorer you'll find West Virginia abbreviated as both WV and W.Va. Which is the correct abbreviation for West Virginia? According to official...

The word "hillbilly" was once a term of endearment in Appalachia

"Dance" by Porte Crayon, an illustration for Harper's New Monthly Magazine; May 1872.
RICHWOOD, W.Va. — The word "hillbilly" was a term of endearment in the southern Appalachian Mountains region in the early 1800s, though it later...

Ancient stone walls on Armstrong Mountain no old-timer's tale

A historic marker along U.S. 60 promotes the location of the Mount Carbon Walls.
If you grew up listening to the lore of old-timers in southern West Virginia, chances are you've heard of mysterious stone walls atop Armstrong...

Did the first U.S. serial killer live in a quiet corner...

Harry Powers, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, appears calm in this police photo.
QUIET DELL, W.Va. — On the morning of March 18, 1932, Harry Powers plummeted through the gallows at the West Virginia Penitentiary and dangled...

Scholars debunk myth of prehistoric giants in West Virginia

An 1907 article in the Wheeling News helped popularize the ancient giants myth.
This month, I had the opportunity to talk with the lead curator at Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex about a prevailing myth in West Virginia...

West Virginia once among chief manufacturers of glassware

Decorative glassware has been fired in West Virginia throughout much of the century.
West Virginia was once among the world's chief exporters of glass, supporting more than 400 factories through the 20th century. Now, only a handful...

Remote monument recalls origins of Farley family in New River valley

A monument at Old Farley memorializes Drewry Farley.
PIPESTEM, W.Va. — Almost all of the thousands of people named "Farley" in the New River valley region in southern West Virginia come from...

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...

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...

Sponsors

Stay Connected

15,641FansLike
1,540FollowersFollow
1,193FollowersFollow