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Spring's pink-flowering redbud trees guided early West Virginia settlers

A redbud tree flowers on the edge of a West Virginia woodland.
HINTON, W.Va. — Blossoming across the eastern U.S. in spring, redbud trees were notably important during the settlement of the Appalachian Mountains, where they...

Sarvis Tree blossoms signal the arrival of mountain spring in W.Va.

A sarvis tree blossoms on the edge of a barnyard in Wyoming County near Twin Falls State Park.
SANDYVILLE, W.Va. — Seasons can come and go in the temperate regions of the world with many false starts, but in the Appalachian Mountains,...

Registration open for "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" spring workshop

TWIN FALLS STATE PARK, W.Va. — Registration has opened for the "Becoming An Outdoors Woman" spring workshop at Twin Falls Resort State Park on...

Preservation programs will support leasing in Thurmond ghost town

THURMOND, W.Va. — Programming through a preservation organization in West Virginia will support leasing in this historic town where the National Park Service had...

Alliance declares historic stone walls across West Virginia "endangered"

ELKINS, W.Va. — To help educate the public about the value and stability of historic stone walls, the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia has...

Despite river traffic, the scenic Ohio can be a safe kayaking...

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — As interest in kayaking on the Ohio River in West Virginia increases, officials advise paddlers to be especially attentive to safety. While...

Chef Boyardee's surprising link to this famous West Virginia resort

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Surprising as it might seem, the iconic image of Chef Boyardee that adorns so many food packages worldwide is...

West Virginia museum curator: locals know there's a Bigfoot out there

SUTTON, W.Va. — Locals know there's a Bigfoot, or several of the creatures, living in the forests of central West Virginia, according to the...

Bizarre tale of "Moon Man" lives on in remote Braxton County...

CENTRALIA, W.Va. — The ghost town of Centralia, with no more than a dozen houses and a country store, might seem one of the...

Hewn log cabins are West Virginia's ultimate historic architecture

Pioneer Farm at Twin Falls Resort State Park, West Virginia
SAULSVILLE, W.Va. — Perhaps no other form of architecture is more strongly associated with West Virginia than the old-fashioned log cabin. New England has saltboxes,...

Tragedy of the Rebecca affirms the danger of Ohio River in...

Artist's conception of wreck of steamboat Rebecca at Parkersburg in 1869.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — While the interior of West Virginia remained a virtual wilderness through the late 1800s, wharves along the Ohio River bustled with...

Ghostly tale of Burnt House lives through strange W.Va. town name

The legend of the village of Burnt House is linked to one of the state's favorite old ghost stories.
BURNT HOUSE, W.Va. — Motorists traveling WV-47 between Weston and Parkersburg are sure to have noticed the sign for the village of Burnt House...

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