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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.

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...

Tale of Eckerlin Brothers portrays struggle for religious freedom

A historic marker along the Cheat River recalls the settlement of Dunkards in the mid-1700s.
The history of West Virginia is filled with stories of religious diversity — of hermits and holy men and women who escaped the clamor and...

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,...

Log cabin researchers encounter rare, mysterious circumstances

A pioneering team of scholars who are dating old log structures in West Virginia has discovered rare, previously undocumented examples of log construction and...

Late summer was busy time for native W.Va. inhabitants

Ostenaco prepares for council on New River, West Virginia
SANDSTONE,  W.Va. -- Native inhabitants of what would become West Virginia were preparing in late summer for the onslaught of winter -- the subject of a...

WV, W.Va.: which abbreviation for West Virginia is correct?

Abbreviation for West Virginia
Throughout West Virginia Explorer you'll find West Virginia abbreviated as both WV and W.Va. Which is the correct abbreviation for West Virginia? According to official...

Abolitionist experiment “Ceredo” lecture May 6

News Item: Ceredo Raid
John Brown wasn't the only abolitionist to make history in West Virginia. While Brown launched his raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859 to arm...

1863 map reveals change in the West Virginia landscape

Historic map showing West Virginia 1864
How has West Virginia changed over the last 150 years? Three counties in the southern state had yet to be created and two had yet...

Harpers Ferry event explores U.S. Colored Troops

Sgt. Peter H. Butler
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park this weekend hosts a two-day commemorative event exploring the 1864 recruiting party held there for...

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