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Here's how the West Virginia town of "Hundred" got its unique...

In the 1850s, illustrator Porte Crayon (David Hunter Strother) captured Henry Church "Old Hundred" for Harper's Magazine.
HUNDRED, W.Va. — There was a time soon after the completion of the B&O Railroad when passengers would clamber to the car windows to...

Tale of Petrified Witch of Kanawha County has been nearly forgotten

WITCHER CREEK, W.Va — It's likely that few English speakers who have observed the "Witchers Creek" road sign on US-60 have done so without...

The full tale of West Virginia's remarkable Greenbrier Ghost

The home of the unfortunate Mary Heaster Shue still stands in the Allegheny foothills near Rainelle, West Virginia.
LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Whether you believe in ghosts, it's a fact that a ghost enters the lawbooks in West Virginia. The account of the...

Five reasons West Virginia is an ultimate winter hiking destination

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — While West Virginia has gained worldwide fame as a destination for hiking, some hikers say winter is one of the best...

Do three legendary monsters inhabit the Monongahela River in W.Va.?

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Far from the city lights that shimmer about its mouth at the Golden Triangle at Pittsburgh, the Monongahela River rises more...

Snowshoe Mountain in W.Va. ranks among most affordable ski resorts

SLATYFORK, W.Va. — Snowshoe Mountain in the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia has been ranked among the most affordable ski resorts in the...

Extraordinary Beartown State Park a classroom for West Virginia geology

Visitors stroll the boardwalks at Beartown State Park in southeastern West Virginia.
DROOP, W.Va. — Among the smallest state parks in West Virginia, 110-acre Beartown State Park is nevertheless among its most fascinating. For decades, it's...

Isolated cemeteries in hilly West Virginia require special care

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Due to isolation and hilly terrain, rural cemeteries in West Virginia often require special care. One of the state's leading conservators...

Bizarre tale of the W.Va. woman whose feet never touched the...

CANVAS, W.Va. — Mountainous and often remote, West Virginia may enjoy more than its fair share of strange stories. Still, the tale of the...

The word "hillbilly" was once a term of endearment in Appalachia

"Dance" by Porte Crayon, an illustration for Harper's New Monthly Magazine; May 1872.
RICHWOOD, W.Va. — The word "hillbilly" was a term of endearment in the southern Appalachian Mountains region in the early 1800s, though it later...

Tale of the "Screaming Lady" based on true West Virginia historical...

The skeleton of a woman buried alive in the 1800s may still lie beneath the soil in Mason County.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Some of the most chilling tales of hauntings in West Virginia are based on actual events, and one of the...

Elk visitor center and viewing tower are coming to southern W.Va.

LOGAN, W.Va. — The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources is reviewing bids for constructing an elk viewing tower and visitor center to be built...

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