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.

 An Evening with Porte Crayon – A History Alive Progam at Blackwater Falls State Park January 21

1/6/2012
DAVIS, W.Va. – Some of the earliest images depicting West Virginia’s scenic areas, the people and their lifestyles were created by artist and illustrator David Hunter Strother. He is better known by his pen name “Porte Crayon.” A History Alive program, presented by Don Teter of Monterville, is scheduled at Blackwater Falls State Park on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. It is a free presentation and is open to the public. Attendees will find ample parking at the Harold S. Walters Nature Center. Park Naturalist Paulita Cousin will be the event host and she promises hot chocolate and an enjoyable program. The nature center exhibits will also be open for the evening.

The history program is made possible by funding from the West Virginia Humanities Council and Blackwater Falls State Park. To view illustrations and drawings preserved digitally by Strother, an artist and writer once considered a household name, visit http://images.lib.wvu.edu/StrothBook.pdf. There are more than 700 images online, many depicting people and places in what was then Virginia, now West Virginia, including the Blackwater Falls and Berkeley Springs state park areas.
For more information about Blackwater Falls lodge and cabin and special events and packages, call 304-259-5216 or visit www.blackwaterfalls.com.

About David Hunter Strother – “Porte Crayon”
Strother was one of the most accomplished and diverse men of the new state of West Virginia in the mid to late 1800s. Born in Martinsburg (then Virginia), he trained as an artist in Europe and gained fame as a writer and illustrator for national magazines under the name Porte Crayon. Strother illustrated several early travel stories including The Blackwater Chronicle, which shared the exploits of an 1851 expedition of sportsmen into the Canaan Valley. From Charles Town, he reported and illustrated John Brown’s capture, trial and execution for Harpers Weekly in 1859. During the Civil War, Strother served as a Union officer and topographer who saw action in several major battles. He was one of the founders of the West Virginia Historical Society and was a speaker at the first commencement held at West Virginia University.

Contact Information

Paulita Cousin, Blackwater Falls State Park
304-259-5216
paulita.l.cousin@wv.gov