West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 “A Journey Through Time” history series at Blennerhassett Island State Park four Sundays in February

1/22/2013
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – “A Journey Through Time” theme binds four Sunday afternoon history programs in February, creating the 2013 Winter Lecture Series at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. The programs feature two first-person interpreters and speakers on a variety of Ohio Valley and West Virginia topics. For four Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg invites the public to attend the programs free of charge; however, reservations are required to reserve a seat.

“We are able to offer this Winter Lecture Series free of charge due to the resources available from the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive program, the Blennerhassett Historical Foundation Inc., and the Friends of Blennerhassett,” Salisbury said.

Light refreshments will be served. Attendees should register to confirm attendance by calling 304-420-4800 by February 1. Donations are accepted by the Friends of Blennerhassett to support programming costs. For more information, visit online at www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com.

February 3, 2013
HARRIET TUBMAN (Ilene Evans)
Behind Enemy Lines, Civil War (1820-1913)

Harriet Tubman’s critical contribution to the northern war effort was significant. She served in Beaufort and Hilton Head, South Carolina under General Hunter and General Saxton, aka General Moses. She was active throughout the Civil War leading raids, acting as a nurse, a cook, and organizer, a spy, and a soldier. She was present at Fort Wagner when the Yankee troops advanced under Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. Generals sought out her expertise at guerilla warfare and subterfuge. She was never paid the regular wages of a soldier, even though her contribution was as significant. Ilene sings and soothes the suffering soldiers and sends word back home of their triumphs and their needs. The Harriet Tubman presentation is made possible in part by the WV History Alive Program through the WV Humanities Council.

February 10, 2013
OUTACITE OSTENACO (Doug Wood)
Cherokee Leader (ca. 1703 – 1780)

During the French and Indian War, Ostenaco was a leader of Cherokee warriors who allied with Virginia military leaders against northern tribes fighting with the French. His leadership provided a vital alliance for the British colonial settlements in much of present West Virginia. His influence contributed significantly to the expansion of English-speaking peoples into the Mountain State. Doug Wood honors his ancestors by telling the story of Mankiller Ostenaco’s efforts during the French and Indian War. Doug Wood’s presentation is made possible in part by the WV History Alive Program through the WV Humanities Council. Ostenaco is portrayed by Doug Wood, Nitro, WV

February 17, 2013
“THE LOST ISLANDS OF WOOD COUNTY”
Louise Zimmer, Marietta, Ohio historian

One of the most underappreciated and unsung chapters of Mid-Ohio Valley history is that of the eight Ohio River islands in Wood County, West Virginia. From prehistoric Indian days through the modern era, they have been the center of colorful and exciting events. Mrs. Zimmer’s new and fresh research brings this forgotten saga to light for the first time. Mrs. Zimmer is a long-time historian and well-known speaker. She will delight you with her unique way of presenting information and historical setting.

February 24, 2013
THE APPALACHIAN EXPERIENCE: A Talk Embellished by Music and Interaction
Hank Arbaugh, Columbus, Ohio

Strong-willed and hard-working people, primarily from the United Kingdom countries, brought great treasures upon their immigration to the new world. Not carried in duffels but in their memories were the old ballads and songs, dance tunes, old-world beliefs, and tales ---all having been passed down orally from communities to ancestors.

Hank Arbaugh has been studying this lore and performing this music for more than 50 years while studying for an MA. Hank will give a history about the ballads and songs with their origins, sources, musical style, old-world beliefs, and legendary figures in certain songs. Hank plays several string instruments and during his talk he invites the audience to participate in the Appalachian learning experience.

Contact Information

Pam Salisbury, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
304-420-4800
BlennerhassettIslandSP@wv.gov