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.

 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry re-enactment set for Sept. 13-16

8/9/2012
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. – The Harpers Ferry Historical Association and the West Virginia Humanities Council will present a series of panel discussions, lectures and hands-on activities to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry. “Prelude to Freedom: The 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry” will take place Sept. 13-16 as part of the 2012 Civil War Sesquicentennial observation.

“Harpers Ferry dramatically altered the first invasion of the North,” said Dennis Frye, Chief Historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. “Harpers Ferry's role has been overshadowed, even misunderstood, for 150 years. This presents the best opportunity to grab Harpers Ferry from the clutches of history's shadows.”

The Battle of Harpers Ferry on Sept. 12-15, 1862, remains a little-known, yet critical turning point in the Maryland Campaign. Although the influence of this campaign on the Civil War is undeniable, few people recognize the role of Harpers Ferry in the ultimate Northern victory and the Southern defeat. The event will interpret the battle’s significance in the Maryland Campaign; how it influenced the Battle of Antietam; the role it played in the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation; contraband – slaves who escaped to Union lines – living in Harpers Ferry; and the citizens of a border town under bombardment.

“General Lee considered Harpers Ferry so important that he sent his best general, Stonewall Jackson, along with two-thirds of his army to conquer the position,” remarked Frye. “The subsequent battle became the largest waged in West Virginia during the war, yet it remains today a mystery of history.”

“Prelude to Freedom: the 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry” will present a distinguished array of outstanding historians and authors, including Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University and the Lincoln Professor of History; Dr. Allen Guelzo, the Henry R. Luce III Professor of the Civil War Era at Gettysburg College; Dr. William A. Blair, Director of the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center at Penn State University; James K. Bryant, II, Associate Professor of History at Shenandoah University; D. Scott Hartwig, Supervisory Historian at Gettysburg National Military Park; and Kathleen Ernst, education specialist, instructor and curator.

For more information on “Prelude to Freedom: The 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry,” visit Facebook at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park or www.nps.gov/harpersferry or call 304-535-6029. Please also visit http://wvtourism.com/minisites/civilwar.aspx for more information on the 150th Anniversary of West Virginia and other Civil War history, sites and events.

Contact Information

Todd Bolton
304-535-6026