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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.

Ancient West Virginia forests once a mosaic of landscapes

Forests in what became West Virginia were managed in ways we're only beginning to understand.
Historians once assumed that West Virginia had been shaded by a vast unbroken forest, but an expert on old forests in the Mountain State...

Rare memoir recalls national park before Thurmond ghost town

Riding horseback, Captain William Thurmond was a familiar site in the New River Gorge.
THURMOND, W.Va. — Perhaps no small town in West Virginia has gained the worldwide notoriety that the tiny Town of Thurmond has enjoyed. A...

What historians get wrong about frontier heroine Mary Draper Ingles

Mary Draper Ingles is immortalized in bronze at Radford, Virginia.
HINTON, W.Va. — The tale of Mary Draper Ingles—of her escape from Shawnee captors and her return through the mountains—is the ideal American frontier...

Wolf Moon recalls West Virginia as last domain of wolves

The Wolf Moon customarily rises over the West Virginia hills in January.
The Wolf Moon of January recalls a time when the howls of wolves haunted the Mountain State, the final eastern stronghold in the U.S....

The Great Seal of West Virginia: what its symbols mean

An illustration of the West Virginia Coat of Arms includes elements set for by the state in 1863.
The Great Seal of West Virginia may be as fascinating to some West Virginians as the U.S. dollar bill is for other Americans. It's...

Open house set at historic Dunlap farm, cemetery

The Dunlap farmhouse appears much as it did in 1830.
Historians and history buffs are invited to an open house at the historic Dunlap farm and cemetery at Red Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, in...

Civil War initiative clarifies Stonewall role at historic tavern

Installing the new signboard from left to right are David Sibray, Becky Sullivan, Dr. Scott Keffer, and Randy Burdette.
Historians working with a landmark tavern near America's newest national park are clarifying the role of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson at the site, which served...

Mother's Day: the holiday Anna Jarvis created — then tried to...

Anna Jarvis, of Grafton, West Virginia, created Mother's Day and then tried to end it.
More than a century has passed since West Virginia native Anna Jarvis planned the first Mother's Day service, and the second Sunday of May...

Prehistoric W.Va. was NOT an "uninhabited hunting ground"

Iroquoian-style pipe discovered at the Marmet archaeological site (46-KA-9). (Provided by Darla Spencer)
Editor's Note: School children in West Virginia down through the years were taught that the Mountain State before the arrival of Europeans had been...

National Coal Heritage Area calls for grant applications

A photo of a deserted coal camp curated by the W.Va. Mine Wars Museum, funded in part by the National Coal Heritage Area Authority.
The National Coal Heritage Area Authority to support community efforts to interpret, preserve, and promote coal heritage resources is seeking proposals for funding for...

Historic Tyree Tavern opens window on West Virginia’s past

The Tyree Tavern overlooks the old Midland Trail (U.S. 60) near the New River Gorge.
A team of horses races across winding mountain roads, urged onward by the crack of a stage driver’s whip. Inside the coach, six weary...

Short film documents promotion of Flatwoods Monster in '60s

The tale of the promotion of the Braxton County Monster in the 1960s unfolds in a new short film by Andrew Smith.
The tale of the Flatwoods Monster has attracted the curious to West Virginia since 1952 after rumors of an alleged encounter with an alien...

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