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West Virginia Museums:
West Virginia Museums – This state is a wonderful place to visit with its mountains and communities teaming with that good ole mountain atmosphere. See what we have discovered in the way of museums in West Virginia.
West Virginia State Museum: Located in the Cultural Center, this interesting museum traces the history of West Virginia through a series of exhibits containing everything from an extensive collection of antique hats donated by a local schoolteacher to the telescope George Washington used to survey lands within the state. This is a free cultural museum with 26 Discovery Rooms that showcase West Virginia’s geology, prehistoric cultures, exploration and settlement, frontier conflicts and life…statehood, railroad, coal company town, mining, the Great Depression, Civil Rights movement, transportation, fairs and festivals, cultural state collections and famous West Virginians. Conveniently located next to the capital building in Charleston.
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum: The unique underground mine, the recreated coal camp, the Youth Museum and the Mountain Homestead are surrounded by inviting lawns, colorful flowers, picnic areas, an imposing coal miner statue and a whimsical 20 ft. “Peace Totem”. At the Exhibition Coal Mine, one can ride through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine. The guides are veteran miners and provide firsthand accounts of the daily responsibilities and tasks of past and present-day miners. You can tour the Mine Museum and the period coal camp situated throughout the grounds. Found in the town of Beckley.
Mothman Museum: This museum is devoted to the Mothman legend, featuring original press clippings on the Mothman sightings here in the area, actual props from the Mothman Prophecies movie starring Richard Gere, the Silver Bridge collapse, documents, & other memorabilia. Mothman and the museum are also featured in Bethesda’s online game Fallout 76. Also, a gift shop with unique items covering the Mothman legend. This museum could only be better if the mothman made guest appearances. A blend of true historical facts and Hollywood memorabilia lets you explore the story of a gentle creature who came to warn us of impending disasters. The curator is a very knowledgeable and friendly guy who takes pride in his establishment. The self-guided tour will take about two hours to truly enjoy each item. When you are finished the gift shop has an amazing amount of merchandise to make any fan happy. Visit this unique museum in Point Pleasant.
Greenbrier Historical Society and North House Museum: Beginning this past August of 2020, the North House Museum in Lewisburg WV is celebrating its 200th anniversary. This is a must stop anytime when visiting the area. A guide walks you through the first exhibit sharing the history of the various rooms and points out the original pieces of furniture from the North family. Children, and adults, will be fascinated with the Ballard Dolls. The hats and clothing are a fine example of craftsmanship and styles of the day. The Caldwell Mercantile collection depicts real life characters of the period. The second exhibit guide walks you through the first sharing the history of the various rooms and points out is self-paced and tells visitors of the heart wrenching stories the slaves endured during that period. In Lewisburg.
Museum of Radio and Technology: This place has just about every item since sound has been recorded and/or transmitted. From early record players to radios to TVs and then on to computers, the technology of recorded sound and video is well chronicled. The docent will take you around. If you have particular interests, he will made sure to point out objects and displays that fit your interest. A donor had also supplied original Erector sets from post-WW2, which made for another neat display. There are plenty of hands-on opportunities with supervision. Also, there’s an impressive array of working models that show the operation of these items over time. A wonderful gem in the Huntington area that is a “must see” place for anyone with a science or engineering interest.
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West Virginia Festivals: West Virginia is a state in the tree-covered Appalachian Mountains, where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac River, and is home of famous Civil War–era raids, national historical parks, towns that look as it did in the 19th century, and living-history museums.
Winter Ice Festival and Mega Block Ice Carving Competition: Join us for our Winter Ice Festival. You’ll see six world-renowned ice carvers create amazing sculptures as they compete for prizes. Stroll the boulevard to music, snap a picture with Slapshot from the Washington Capitals, chill out in our igloo lounge, and warm up with merchant specials. Plus, take part in all kinds of fun interactive ice games or try our iceless skating rink. This is going to be cool. Festival entertainment 1-5pm, Ice carving 9am – 5pm. Sat, Jan 18.
Festival Fridays: An extravaganza of West Virginia-grown, produced, and handmade products; the event promises to be a family-friendly feast for the eyes and ears. Music, entertainment, children’s activities, and demonstrations are featured every Friday. Locally grown and produced agricultural products, beautiful and functional handmade items, and other products are for sale. Local artisans, musicians, dancers and other entertainers are featured. Jawbone Park, Buckhannon, Fri, 5 – 8 PM; Jan 31.
Pickens Maple Syrup Festival: In late winter, here in our mountains surrounding Pickens, when nights are freezing and days begin to warm, it’s maple sugaring time! West Virginia has a long history of sugar making. The Indians made syrup first. The early settlers quickly learned to make the sweet stuff and use it as their main source of sugar. Join us for a full weekend of activities celebrating this tradition each year on the third full weekend in March! Pickens, Mar 20 – 22, All Day
Flip Flop Festival: Come celebrate the beginning of the outdoor season next spring in beautiful Harpers Ferry! The Flip Flop Festival is for anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to experience and learn about all that this scenic and historic area has to offer. Although the festival celebrates hikers called “flip flop thru-hikers” who start their 2200-mile journeys in Harpers Ferry, it has become so much more. The Festival offers music, food vendors, games, and a variety of activities and workshops so you can jump right in and experience the many great outdoor activities. Or, you can learn more about that activity you’ve always wanted to try. Harpers Ferry; Apr 25 – 26, until 4 PM.
40th Annual West Virginia Three Rivers Festival: Come join us for our family orientated festival featuring FREE entertainment nightly. Something for everyone. Taking place in beautiful Palatine Park along the Monongahela River. Grand Feature Parade on Thursday evening, Free nightly entertainment and Children’s activities. Adults alike will enjoy the fun and thrills of the carnival. Take a stroll through the arts and craft exhibits, quilt show, or the photography show. Fairmont; Fri, May 1, 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM.
7th Annual Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival: Join us for the Festival Pageant and a day of fun at WV’s only Lighthouse! Enjoy: live Appalachian music, great food and West Virginia artisans demonstrating their crafts. Live entertainment at the Gazebo. Mt Nebo, Sat, May 9, 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
2nd Annual Bikes, BBQ & Bluegrass Festival: This festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia will hold a BBQ contest, bike races and live bluegrass music and is now being extended to a 2-day event! Jun 13 – 14 all day.
Call TravelKatz at 352-277-7300 and let us know when you want to go to West Virginia and celebrate any one or all of these wonderful festivals.
PLACE OF INTEREST
The town of Harper’s Ferry, where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac River, is the site of a famous Civil War–era raid. Surrounded by a national historical park, the town looks as it did in the 19th century, with many of the buildings open to the public as living-history museums. Paths wind through Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park, which has 19th-century buildings, a Civil War Museum and John Brown’s Fort, a key site in an 1859 abolitionist raid. The location where the rivers meet, known as The Point, offers views of Maryland and Virginia. The Appalachian Trail Visitor Center has exhibits on the long-distance hiking trail. Harper’s Ferry was first settled in 1732 by Peter Stephens, whose “squatter’s rights” were bought in 1747 by Robert Harper, for whom the town was named.
Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park: Great place for the family or a solitary visitor; and an important place in U.S. history. A little something for everyone: quaint shops, picturesque old churches and a graveyard, and nice hikes along the Appalachian Trail that runs through it! Make sure and give yourself plenty of time to check out all the displays and to read the multitude of plaques throughout the park. If you are limited on time, you will leave regretting that you couldn’t explore it more. This Park is indeed one of the crown jewels in the National Park Service. Covering over 4,000 acres in 3 states (WV, VA and MD) at the scenic confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers and the Potomac River water gap through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Park features an amazing diversity of American History all in one place: Great figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, “Stonewall” Jackson, JEB Stuart, Philip Sheridan, W.E.B. DuBois, Kate Field and many others have visited! The C&O Canal National Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail all converge at Harper’s Ferry NHP. Twenty miles of hiking trails in the Park offer more than a one weekend getaway. Local businesses offer whitewater rafting, tubing, fishing and many outdoor activities, along with dining and various overnight accommodations. Come visit beautiful Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park and be swept away by the mountains, the rivers and the history for a visit you and your family will long remember!
Maryland Heights: Amazing view of Harper’s Ferry from up here. There is a bit of a climb but nothing too bad…it is well worth the short hike up for the amazing view. As you would expect, it is a popular trail so don’t expect to find any solitude hiking up this trail. In general, the trail is wide allowing for easy hiking alongside others (or passing slower hikers). This across the river which gives a fabulous view of Harper’s Ferry
John Brown’s Fort: John Brown’s Fort was originally constructed in 1848 for use as a guard and fire engine house by the federal Harpers Ferry Armory in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, then a part of Virginia. Incredible historic site that played an important role in leading the country to the Civil War. It’s one thing to read about it in books. To be able to see it in person and touch it, AMAZING! It is the highlight of any visit to Harpers Ferry as it is a small piece of history and the events surrounding it sparked a war.
John Brown Wax Museum: John Brown’s history comes alive as so much of the town is perfectly preserved. The wax museum does a good job in setting the stage and visualizing what happened during John Brown’s raid. Although the museum by the fort does a more historic approach, this wax museum makes it a good family introduction to the event.
Lockwood House: The Lockwood House is one of the largest residences in Harper’s Ferry. It is also known as the Paymaster’s Quarters. This beautiful house is inside of the Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park and directly adjoins the Harpers Ferry Cemetery. This 19th-century home actually served as a hospital, headquarters, prison and ballroom during the Civil War.
White Hall Tavern: This tavern was owned by a German man who was the first Harpers Ferry resident killed during the Civil War. The reenact in the tavern was very good and knew the story/lines for the building very well. It sits across from the embankment that has the John Brown’s Fort monument on it and down the street from the actual building. Really recommend stopping in here and it is a nice break from the sun on a hot day. They have great apple cider too.
Harper’s Ferry Station: A working train station with lots of history. Also, if you arrive early enough, free parking! The views are awesome, and if you are a train buff makes it even better. Easy to get to the lower town sites from here. It has a great view of the river too.
You can fly into Washington, DC, rent a car and drive to Harper’s Ferry. TravelKatz will be happy to put this special historic vacation together for you and your family or group. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300.
CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston was named by town founder George Clendenin for his father, Charles Clendenin. Originally spelled “Charlestown,” Charleston was previously called “Clendenin’s Settlement,” or simply “the town at the mouth of the Elk.”
State Capitol: Many things are overlooked in West Virginia, but the State Capitol is not one of them. Possibly one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in the country, the dome is the perfect addition to the gorgeous mountain landscape. Lots of rich history too. The golden and black dome sits atop a classical design that looks like a Capital Building should look. The setting across from the river is idyllic. The inside of the building uses beautiful marble extensively. The view of the dome from inside is amazing. Be sure and look at the chambers that house the Senate and House of Delegates. The grounds of the Capital are very nice and well-maintained.
West Virginia State Museum: This museum is in the basement of the cultural center right next to the state capital. It’s free and the staff are friendly. The exhibits are well done and the history is comprehensive starting from when coal formed to modern times. As you walk the designated route, plaques on the floor show the year represented by each exhibit. Great West Virginia history demo for kids, and free, to boot! Closed on Sunday and Monday.
Capitol Market: The Capitol Market offers a wide variety of fresh produce in season from local farmers. A great selection of fish, wine, cheese and specialty items featured in the state. There should be something special for you to take home even if you are from out of town.
Clay Center: Now, the venue. The Clay Center has wonderful acoustics for musical events. They host everything from orchestral and Celtic to Rock and pop music. The Clay Center is a must see, with its 240,000-square-foot facility dedicated to promoting performing arts, visual arts, and the sciences. All three being housed under one roof makes it one of the few of its kind in the United States. And, if you haven’t been to the Avampato Discovery Museum and the Electric Sky Theatre, stop what you’re doing right now and go. They’re incredible!!!!!
Mountain State Food Tour: This walking/food tour was fabulous! The hosts are informed, friendly and welcoming. The restaurants are chosen thoughtfully and the food/drink selections are excellent. You get a small but satisfying sample at each stop that makes you want to come back to try more. Also, you will enjoyed learning about the history of Charleston in such a fun and casual way.
Capitol Street: Sweet place to take a leisurely stroll & reminisce with friends the Charleston center if old. You can enjoy a variety of food, visit Taylor Books & top it off with an ice cream treat. Just stroll along and take in the laid-back atmosphere. There are many different restaurants from which to choose.
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