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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.

Just-spring on New River

I trekked down to the banks of the New River last week, andI was reminded of the e.e. cummings poem, which I've sharedbelow. by e.e....

Meet the top five monsters from the West Virginia hills

Mothman by Ted Fauster
In the late 1990s, I was asked to pen a book of West Virginia folklore. I opted instead to create my own tales based...

Join WVExplorer prehistoric landmarks initiative!

Exploring Shawnee Park Mound near Dunbar, West Virginia, for Prehistoric Landmarks Initiative
Burial mounds, mysterious carvings, inexplicable stone walls -- relics of the prehistoric past are found throughout West Virginia, but perhaps too few people know...

Carnifex Tunnel to close, deemed irreparably unsafe

Carnifex Tunnel, Gauley River National Recreation Area
Long a highlight of a trek along a remote reach of the Meadow River in the Gauley River National Recreation Area, the Carnifex Tunnel...

Introducing the 5 most haunted places in W.Va.

Old penitentiary at Moundsville, WV, Marshall County, Northern Panhandle Region
The Travel Channel ranks two West Virginia landmarks among the most haunted in the United States, but ghost hunters know there are many more....

One of first U.S. serial killers came from West Virginia

Harry Powers, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, appears calm in this police photo.
On the morning of March 18, 1932, Harry Powers dropped through the gallows at the West Virginia Penitentiary and swung for 11 minutes before...

Bigfoot in West Virginia?

Bigfoot in West Virginia?
Bigfoot in West Virginia? Stranger things have been reported in the Mountain State -- wrecked spacecraft, moth men, bat children. Alongside these, a reclusive...

Behind the Ranges: Why we explore the unknown

Saddle in New Creek Mountain, Mineral County, Potomac Branches Region
I think that most explorers are motivated by a shared sense of curiosity -- a need to know what lies beyond. Beyond the ridge....

Ghost in the Machine: Moore returns after 14 years

Jonathan Moore
The 2014 relaunch of West Virginia Explorer has been deputied not by a jet-setting newcomer to the industry, but by our publication's first webmaster....

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