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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.

B&O Railroad completed to Wheeling on Jan. 1, 1853

Railroad architecture at Grafton, WV, Taylor County, Monongahela Valley Region
On January 1, 1853, the first train arrived in Wheeling, West Virginia, (then Virginia) on the newly completed Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, the first...

Alliance urges Manchin, Capito to support preservation incentives

Boury Lofts at Wheeling, West Virginia
The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is urging U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., to support the availability of historic...

Auditorium focus of W.Va. preservation banquet Sept. 30

The Municipal Auditorium, in Charleston will host the annual state Preservation Alliance awards banquet
Charleston's Municipal Auditorium on Sept. 30 will host and serve as the focus of the annual banquet for the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia,...

Mystery surrounds lost Washington graves on Hurricane Creek

Alex Cole at Washington Grave
How did a great-nephew of George Washington come to be buried in a virtually forgotten graveyard far from the family's Potomac plantations? Kanawha Valley historian...

Foundation to establish black history museum in Huntington

Memphis Tennessee Garrison House
The Huntington home of one of West Virginia's pioneer black educators and civil-rights activists is being developed as a museum, according to officials at...

Visiting the site of one of West Virginia’s legendary tragedies

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https://youtu.be/R_Kz19WtII8 The tale of the Green-Harrison Tragedy is among the most enduring legends handed down from the settlement of the lower Kanawha Valley region of...

And then there was the time West Virginia had four governors

Nathan Goff, Jr.
As bad as politics in West Virginia might seem today, there was a time when the state had four governors. In 1888, Nathan Goff, Jr., and...

Tale of Green-Harrison Tragedy haunts the hills of Putnam County

Bridge over Eighteenmile Creek at Extra, WV
Eighteenmile Creek wanders gently through the green hill country of northern Putnam County, revealing not in the least any potential for tragedy along its banks....

Did a lunatic discover West Virginia?

Mountain Scene in Randolph County WV
As humorous as the tale might seem, one enduring West Virginia legend posits that the land now within the boundaries of the Mountain State...

Rangers seek info in Thurmond, W.Va., vandalism case  

The National Park Service is seeking information in its investigation of a break-in and significant vandalism at a historic house in the town of...

Strange tale of Eckerlin Brothers and struggle for religious freedom in...

West Virginia's history is filled with stories of religious diversity and of hermits and holy men who escaped the clamor and confines of civilization. Beyond...

Registration open for historic real estate finance training in W.Va.

Buildings on Market Street, Spencer
The National Development Council will host the first of a two-part Historic Real Estate Finance Professional Certification series to Fairmont State University May 8-12, 2017,...

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