West Virginia Travel Regions
-Wonders of WVA
|West Virginia: Mountaineer Country: History|
Terra Alta, (304)789-2361
An old fashioned doctor's office, country store, carriage house, blacksmith shop and other artifacts. Open Sunday afternoons, last Sunday in June to 2nd Sunday in October
Anna Jarvis House
Home of Mother's Day founder Anna Jarvis. The 1854 home has been restored to the period, retains its original woodwork, fireplaces and most plaster. Open year round, with Founder's Day Festival on Mother's Day weekend. Rt. 119, four miles south of Grafton.
Arthurdale Historic District
Arthurdale, (304)864-3959, (304)864-6659
The first of FDR's "New Deal" towns, part of the federal homestead project, visited by Eleanor Roosevelt. Museum on site.
Barbour County Courthouse
This Romanesque Revival courthouse graces the public green.
Clarksburg Downtown Historical District
Birthplace of Stonewall Jackson. The 16-block area includes the Neo Classical Goff Building, the Gothic style Municipal Building and Federal and Greek Revival structures such as Waldomore.
Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum
Morgantown, WVU School of Pharmacy, (304)293-5101
Displays include tools, medicines and other furnishings of a typical 19th century drugstore.
Dent's Run Covered Bridge
Dated 1889, named for an early settler, still in use. US 19S, right on Laurel Point/ Sugar Grove Rd. Left at Kern's Farm, straight .1 mile to bridge.
Doddridge County Courthouse
Built in 1899-1903, this brick Victorian Roman-esque building with conical towers is one of the state's finest examples of turn-of-the-century civic architecture.
Easton Roller Mill
Restored 1864 mill houses both grist and roller equipment.
Fairmont Downtown Historic District
Fairmont, (304)368-1123, (800)834-7365
Fairmont's historic district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
Fort New Salem
A collection of relocated log structures representing the original frontier settlement of the 19th century. Living history programs from 1792-1901. Seasonal events and authentic demonstrations of frontier life. Open Memorial Day-second weekend of December.
Grafton National Cemetery
One of only two national cemeteries in the state, this area, dedicated in 1867, contains the grave of the first Union soldier killed by Confederate forces. On the Civil War Discovery Trail.
Henry Clay Iron Furnace
Bruceton Mills, (304)594-1561
A 30-foot pyramidal stone structure (c. 1834) is all that remains of the state's smelting industry. Located within Coopers Rock State Forest.
History House Museum
Terra Alta, (304)789-2316, (304)789-6292
Museum of the Preston County Historical Society.
International Mother's Day Shrine
In 1908, Anna Jarvis organized a service here to honor her mother and is credited with promoting Mother's Day as a national holiday. Closed weekends.
Marion County Courthouse
This 1897 structure is one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts classicism in West Virginia.
Marion County Museum
Rooms in the museum represent different eras in US history and feature furnishings and artifacts of that period.
Located in Mary Lou Retton Park near Monongah, the memorial commemorates the 361 men who died in a 1907 mine disaster.
Philippi Covered Bridge and Historic District
The longest two-lane covered bridge still in use on a Federal highway. Erected in 1852, it served as a barracks for Union troops during the first Civil War land battle on June 3, 1861. Philippi's Historic District has a historical museum with Civil War-era artifacts. The bridge and district are part of the Civil War Discovery Trail.
Pricketts Fort State Park
Fairmont, (304)363-3030, (800)CALL WVA
Historic fort (c. 1774-1800) and Job Prickett House (c. 1859) with authentic demonstrations of pioneer life and special seasonal events, including outdoor dramas in summer. Hiking, fishing, with camping nearby. Picnicking and boat launching ramp. I-79 Exit 139, follow signs to park.
Unique round building, formerly a dairy barn, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Houses an early twentieth-century farm exhibit, early coal mining tools and other artifacts. Rt. 250N from Fairmont.
An unusual feature of this 1807 building is the Flemish bond brickwork. Owned by the Harrison County Historical Society, the museum houses period furniture, manuscripts and genealogical records. Open by appointment.
Waldomore Museum and Library
Built in 1839, this Greek Revival mansion is now part of the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library. It houses works by and about West Virginians, a genealogical research library and the Gray Barker U.F.O. Collection.
West Augusta Historical Society Museum
Features the original bed, chair and dresser of the first governor of West Virginia, plus a display of antique mountain musical instruments.
West Virginia National Cemetery
The larger of West Virginia's two national cemeteries encompasses 58 acres, projected to be in use until the mid 21st century.
West Virginia Northern Railroad
Take a two-and-a-half hour scenic and historic excursion aboard the Northern Railroad.
Originally the site of a female seminary, this grouping of three buildings became the core of West Virginia University in 1867.