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.

 Stevens performs Civil War Campfire Program at Pipestem State Park

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – The 35th state, West Virginia, was created on June 20, 1863, a result of the Civil War that forced neighbors and families to make decisions and take actions that would forever change history. Luke Stevens, a Concord University student, performs a fireside-style program devoted to life, religion, convictions, and resulting stories and music of the Civil War at Pipestem State Park September 8, 15, and 29 and October 20 and 27 at 7 p.m.

Stevens’ apparel reflects what a southern soldier would have worn in the Civil War. He encourages attendees to join him in song as he moves through the time frame of the Civil War.

Stevens has entertained visitors and guests at Pipestem State Park throughout the summer of 2012.

“He gives a polished performance,” said Emily Grafton of Parkersburg, W.Va., who attended a recent presentation. “He has a relaxed energy that draws you into the songs and the stories. You want to ask questions and he welcomes conversation and provides answers. The evening that I attended had about 50 people and everyone came away knowing more about West Virginia. It was great.”

The evening of Civil War era songs and stories is staged at the fire pit across from the bathhouse at Pipestem State Park’s campground. The Civil War Campfire is open to the public at no charge.

The Civil War Campfire at Pipestem State Park ushers in West Virginia’s sesquicentennial celebration that begins in 2013.

Activities offered at Pipestem are posted on the park website under “Things to Do,” Weekly Activities. Other activities offered include bird walks, naturalist-led hikes, a nature center, and reptile talks. For information about Pipestem Resort State park visit www.pipestemresort.com.

Contact Information

Jim Phillips, Naturalist, Pipestem State Park