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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...

Shepherd Civil War center offers series of free online programs

The George Tyler Moore Center for Civil War History occupies one of many historic structures in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
The Civil War center at Shepherd University is hosting a series of free programs online beginning April 17 to help inform, educate, and entertain...

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 many Americans. It's...

Heroic Nina Paden ferry won many hearts in service

The Nina Paden docks at Belpre, Ohio. Parkersburg, with its tall courthouse tower, lines the Ohio River in the background.
The Nina Paden and its skipper wheeled beyond the call of duty in ferrying the Ohio River at Parkersburg, West Virginia. Of all the...

Epidemic victims may rest on New River's Island of the Dead

Headstones hide in the dim light of wooded Red Ash Island in the New River Gorge.
Victims of an epidemic that swept through the New River Gorge in the late 1800s may have been buried in a remote cemetery on...

UBB Mine Disaster Memorial has helped some heal

UBB Memorial at Whitesville
All it took was a spark to ignite an explosion that sent hurricane-force winds tearing through mines beneath the mountains near Montcoal in southern...

Historic Antietam maps donated to Shepherd Civil War center

Dr. James Broomall and Monica Lingenfelter flank a map with Bill and Bonnie Stubblefield.
Maps donated to the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War will give researchers in the Battle of Antietam a...

West Virginia mountains kept 1830 cholera epidemic at bay

A steamboat docks at Wheeling, then Virginia, in the 1830s.
Residents of the mountain counties of West Virginia have traditionally weathered the ravages of communicable diseases with some success. Far from the maddening crowds,...

Civil War-era mystery of Burning Springs remains unsolved

Visitors gather at Burning Springs Park.
Curious motorists traveling the valley of the Little Kanawha River southwest of Parkersburg may or may not stop at Burning Springs. Here a defunct...

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 River.
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...

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