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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.

Wreck of steamer Rebecca reveals historic danger of Ohio River

Artist's conception of wreck of steamboat Rebecca at Parkersburg in 1869.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Deep in the rugged interior of West Virginia, where rivers arise as tumbling young streams, it can be easy to forget...

New River Gorge region in W.Va. once a bloody "Wild West"

Montgomery, West Virginia, as it appear about 1910. (Photo: Joe Green Collection)
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — For millions of tourists, Fayette County and its New River Gorge is a destination for healing and rejuvenation—a wonderland of hiking...

New River Gorge region in W.Va. a classroom for Black History

The Quinnimont Missionary Baptist Church served the needs of segregated mining communities in the early 1900s.
FAYETTEVILLE, W. Va. — America's newest national park is also a classroom for Black History, says a spokesman for an adventure resort bordering the...

Then there was the time that West Virginia had four governors...

The gilded dome of the West Virginia Capitol stands out amid foliage at Charleston, West Virginia, in Kanawha County, in the Metro Valley Region.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Think there's too much government? As complex as politics get in West Virginia, there was a time in the late 1800s...

Historians find evidence of famous visitor at West Virginia tavern

William Clark documented his stay at the Halfway House in a diary.
ANSTED, W.Va. — Historians investigating the history of a landmark tavern in southern West Virginia have uncovered evidence that explorer William Clark, of the...

Public invited to open house Oct. 15 at Wyoming County landmark

The Itmann Company Store complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
ITMANN, W.Va. — Foxfire Realty and the Wyoming County Historical Society will host an open house for the public from 10 a.m. until 4...

Mystery surrounds tale of frontier slave who defended fort

A historic marker recounting a version of the Dick Pointer tale stands near his monument.
LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Settlers who pushed westward across the Alleghenies in the 1700s engaged in a deadly gamble. Despite the threat of attack by...

Museum installing monuments to commemorate Mine Wars

Community members gather to plan a Mine Wars monument installation at Marmet.
MATEWAN, W.Va. — The first of two monuments commemorating the Battle of Blair Mountain in West Virginia will be installed this weekend in Logan...

Hikers, paddlers can visit New River's lost "Island of the Dead"

Headstones hide in the dim light of wooded Red Ash Island in the New River Gorge.
THURMOND, W.Va. — Victims of a smallpox pandemic that swept through the New River Gorge in the late 1800s may have been buried in...

Little-known Farley Monument recalls origins of family in West Virginia

A monument at Old Farley memorializes Drewry Farley.
PIPESTEM, W.Va.—Of the thousands of people named "Farley" who can claim to hail from southern West Virginia, almost all come from one place —"Old...

Three little-known facts about West Virginia's moundbuilders

The largest of the two Oak Mounds rises overlooks the West Fork River.
The term “moundbuilder” is often used to describe two ancient cultures that archaeologists now know as the Adena and the Hopewell. These peoples lived...

Devil's Saddle poem tells of girl's meeting with "granny witch"

Throughout the history of Appalachia, one may encounter the legend of granny witches—solitary women believed to possess uncanny powers. Many served in very real...

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