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.

 Harvest Day at Cass Scenic Railroad is Sept. 21, 2013

9/19/2013
An autumn view at Cass Scenic Railroad State ParkPhoto Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.
An autumn view at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
CASS, W.Va. - Green foliage tipped in fall colors and crisp temperatures at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is an invitation to Harvest Day activities Sept. 21.

“In addition to the daily train runs – Bald Knob at noon, and Whittaker Station at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. – there is a special Heisler to Old Spruce run,” said Monica Fleming, event coordinator at Cass Scenic Railroad. The Heisler to Old Spruce train departs from the depot at 10:30 a.m. Ticket sales are available for all four runs this Saturday by calling 304-456-4300.

Other activities at Cass Harvest Day, Sept. 21, 2013 include:
All day “Meet the Breed” - Bloodhound tracking and trailing events - picnic pavilion
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Apple butter making - parking lot area
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Don Watts book signing. Author of “Daybreak over Appalachia”
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Cass Historical Museum Open (Kyle J. "Catty" Neighbors Logging Museum)
9:30 a.m. – noon Irish Road Bowling; register at Visitor’s Center; bowling begins at 1 p.m.
10 a.m. Little Switzerland Cloggers performance, near depot
10:30 a.m. Heisler to Old Spruce train departure
11a.m. Whittaker Station train departure
Noon Bald Knob Train departure
2 p.m. Whittaker Station train departure
5 p.m. Little Switzerland Cloggers performance, near depot
  • Cass Showcase Program – 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.
    This is an interpretative presentation with diorama background about the history of Cass and the logging industry in the area.
  • Locomotive Shop Tours - Meet at the Visitor's Center flagpole to depart 9:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • “Whistle Blow” 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Depot - dependent upon availability of engines
  • Movie: "The Fifth String" presented by the park commentator and film participant Roger Cain in the Showcase Building.

Activities are free and open to the public. Train rides are fee-based and ticket sales are available by calling 304-456-4300. To learn more about Cass Scenic Railroad, visit www.cassrailroad.com.

Contact Information

Supt. Scott Fortney, Cass Scenic Railroad
304-456-4300
Scott.D.Fortney@wv.gov