West Virginia Travel Regions
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The Bottling Works
Coca-Cola memorabilia from the early years. Open weekends spring to fall, daily in October and by appointment.
East of Bartow, (304)456-3335,
Site of a Confederate Civil War camp in 1861, one of the highest (at 4,400 feet) of the War. Union troops attacked the camp in late 1861, but were unsuccessful in overtaking the Confederates. Camp remnants are visible today, off US 250. On the Civil War Discovery Trail.
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park/
Cass, (304)456-4300, (800)CALL WVA
Antique lumber trains powered by massive Shay steam locomotives carry passengers past panoramic mountain views to the summit of Bald Knob, the state's second highest peak. The turn-of-the-century town is one of the best preserved lumber company towns in the US.
Cheat Summit Fort
North of Durbin, (304)456-3335, (800)336-7009
During the Civil War in the summer of 1861, Federal forces attempted to control the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike (known as US 250 today) by building an earth and log fort. In the fall of 1861, Confederate forces unsuccessfully attempted to take the fort. Today, remnants of the fort are visible north of the parking area on the site, off US 250. Part of the Civil War Discovery Trail.
Day-Vandevander Mill, "The Old Mill"
Restored in 1965, this mill has been in continuous operation since its construction in 1877. Open Monday through Saturday, Memorial through Labor Day. Craft shop, weaving.
Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park
A peaceful park with a panoramic view now marks the spot where an important battle of the Civil War in West Virginia was fought on November 6, 1863. On the Civil War Discovery Trail.
Fairfax Stone State Park
A stone once marked this western boundary of land granted Lord Thomas Fairfax by the King of England in the 18th century, where today stands the junction of three counties. The stone was significant in determining the final boundary of the state.
Fort Ashby, (304)298-3319
Erected in 1755, this fort is the only one remaining of those authorized by Governor Dinwiddie to protect the western Virginia settlements.
The Graceland Inn and Conference Center
This elegant Victorian stone mansion on the campus of Davis & Elkins College is on the National Register of Historic Places.
This 1890s mansion home of Senator Stephen Elkins, named for the Senator's wife, Hallie, is now part of Davis & Elkins College. Part of a large estate built with Elkins' railroad, coal and timber fortune, the home today offers guided tours and events.
Helvetia Historic District
This isolated village, settled in 1869, bears strong influence of its nineteenth-century Swiss settlers.
Locust Creek Covered Bridge
This 130-foot bridge, c. 1870, used the rare Warren Double Intersection truss design. Located three miles off US 219 on Locust Creek Road (County 20), near junction with Denmar Rd. (County 31).
Marlinton C&O Station
Reflecting standard C&O design and Victorian period architecture, this 1901 depot was restored to its original appearance in the early 1980s, and now serves as a visitors center.
Moorefield Historic District
Established in 1777, Moorefield's highlights include the Dr. William B. Bowen House, now a museum; the McCoy-McMechen Theatre & Museum; the McMechen House Inn, now a bed and breakfast with a popular restaurant and antique shop.
The Parsons Railroad Depot
Built by the Pittsburgh Central Railway in 1888, this depot served the railroad for many years as a point between Thomas and Leadsville. Now an artisans co-op and railroad museum.
Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Museum
Birthplace of Pearl S. Buck (1892-1970), the first American woman to win both the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes for literature. The restored white frame house named Stulting Place, built in 1858, contains original furnishings and memorabilia.
Pocahontas County Historical Museum
Marlinton, (304)799-6659, (800)336-7009
Exhibits include artifacts from Droop Mountain Battlefield and displays of all facets of Pocahontas County history.
Randolph County Historical Museum
Library and museum with items significant to local history.
Rich Mountain Battlefield
Rich Mountain, (304)637-7424, (800)422-3304
This deciding battle of McClellan's 1861 western Virginia campaign led to the withdrawal of Confederate forces from the northwestern counties of Virginia. Intriguing graffiti carved by Confederate soldiers can be found in the large boulders here. Part of the Civil War Discovery Trail.
Riverton Cash Store
This 1900 store is now a museum, with pot-bellied stove, original glass counters, post-office remains. Crafts by local artisans are available.
Pocahontas and Randolph Counties, (304)637-7424
A spectacular 62-mile route where visitors can see the Civil War sites of Camp Allegheny, Camp Bartow, Cheat Summit Fort, Beverly Historic District and Rich Mountain.
Tygarts Valley Presbyterian Church
This church, dedicated in 1883, is one of the finest examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture in the state.