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Strange tale of Shades-of-Death Creek may have biblical origin

An old homestead stands on the edge of pastures south of Shades of Death Creek.
How did Shades-of-Death Creek in West Virginia gain such a strange name? That mystery has long been a subject of speculation in the highlands...

Untangling the tale of frontier heroine Mary Draper Ingles

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

Historic Nuttalburg mine, ghost town may be accessible soon

The Nuttalburg tipple greets visitors to a remote corner of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.
Access to one of the most important mining heritage sites in the U.S. will reopen again soon, though officials have no timeline for restoration...

Many early almanacs printed out of Wheeling, West Virginia

Farmers converse near old Fort Henry at Wheeling, c. 1777.
Thanks to the Internet, almanacs aren't printed as they once were, but in West Virginia, where communications were hampered by the mountains, they were...

Freddie to make official W.Va. Groundhog Day prediction

French Creek Freddie, a favorite resident of the W.Va. Wildlife Center, will offer his advice on the weather this weekend.
West Virginia's official weather-predicting mammal, French Creek Freddie, will be roused out of his winter slumber at the West Virginia Wildlife Center this Sunday...

Wizard Weekend in Fayetteville brews up magical family fun

Fayetteville will transform into a magical village during Wizard Weekend.
This weekend's Wizard Weekend in Fayetteville, West Virginia, seems ideally suited to the character of the whimsical town on the rim of the New...

How the Tug Fork in southern West Virginia got its name

Tugs, such as those for which the Tug Fork in West Virginia was named, are stripped from animal hides.
Of all the placenames associated with West Virginia, that of the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River in southern West Virginia may be...

Snowshoe sets lineup for annual Ballhooter music festival

Snowshoe Mountain has set its lineup for the annual Ballhooter Music Festival March 13-15, 2020.
Spring skiing, free concerts, and a vibrant nightlife have conspired to make the annual Ballhooter Festival at Snowshoe Mountain popular with visitors from across...

Spring festivals in West Virginia growing in popularity

A mess of ramps cooks during the annual ramp dinner at Helvetia, West Virginia.
Events that celebrate the arrival of spring in West Virginia are expected to be bigger and more popular than ever, according to the publisher...

Wheeling in the 1820s was proposed as new U.S. capital

There was a time when Wheeling was being proposed as the location for a new capital of the U.S. At the junction of the...

Grant funding available for coal heritage projects

Map of the National Coal Heritage Area
The National Coal Heritage Area Authority is seeking proposals for funding for projects that support community efforts to interpret, preserve, and promote coal heritage...

Wolf Moon on Jan. 10 recalls W.Va. as last domain of...

The Wolf Moon customarily rises over the West Virginia hills in January.
The Wolf Moon to rise over West Virginia on January 10 recalls a time when wolves haunted the Mountain State—the final eastern stronghold of...

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