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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 Civil War Campfire program encore set July 12 at Pipestem Resort State Park

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Three score and two individuals attended a special Civil War Campfire program at Pipestem State Park’s campground, a Summers County travel destination.

Luke Stevens developed the program last year when he first served as Pipestem’s seasonal naturalist. “This position became one of the most inspiring experiences of my life,” he said.

The Civil War Campfire program is designed to commemorate all who fought in the war, specifically those from the present-day southern region of West Virginia. Stevens impersonates a young CSA infantryman and uses the songs and stories of the war to lead guests through a coming-of-age journey of emotions. Featured songs include “Dixie,” “Goober Peas,” “Just Before the Battle, Mother,” and “Tenting on the Old Campground.”

Stevens’ persona is evident by his remarks of the program recently presented: “I had the pleasure of leading 62 visitors through the Civil War Campfire.”

A senior at Concord University in Athens, W.Va., Stevens is studying biology and geology, with hopes of working in the environmental resources or environmental education field. As part of his degree programs, Concord has him off to Colorado and to Greenland for geologic research later this summer. “I am grateful for these opportunities and the support of my state that has made this possible,” he said.

Stevens has one more Civil War Campfire program at Pipestem scheduled in 2013, on Friday, July 12. It is part of the Mountain State’s 150th birthday activities. The campfire is open to the public at no charge and begins at 7 p.m. at the park campground. In case of rain, the program will move indoors. The program is interactive and relaxed, welcoming all ages.

“Whether you call yourself a “Northerner” or “Southerner,” you will be welcomed to our fireside with a smile and an outstretched hand!” Stevens said.

For information about Pipestem Resort State Park visit www.pipestemresort.com or call 304-466-1800.

Contact Information

Jim Phillips, Pipestem State Park
304-466-1800, ext. 344