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.

 Tourism Adventure Media Advisory May 27 – June 9

5/14/2013
West Virginia Memorial Day Festival (Spirit of Grafton): May 24-27, Grafton
Join in the fun at the 8th Annual Spirit of Grafton Celebration! Activities and attractions include: a pool party, Grafton’s Got Talent, historic lantern tour, exotic animals, bike and skate board stunt ramp show, barnyard petting zoo, bike and truck show, fireworks, live music by local and national recording artists, and the 146th Annual Grafton Memorial Day Parade. Contact 304-265-1412 ext. 16 or 304-265-4677 ext. 16 or visit http://www.graftonwv.org for additional information.

Blue and Gray Reunion: May 30, Main Street, Philippi
Activities and attractions include parades, Kid's Day, camp sites, skirmishes, choir, fireworks, food and craft vendors, sutlers, re-enactors, ball, entertainment, museum, First Land Battle of the Civil War Battle held on Main Street, and much more. Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Edgar Brown at 304-457-4265 or email dschoonover@bcmsa.org.  

Elk River Fest: May 31 – June 1, Main Street, Clay
Get ready for the wetness, wackiness and wonder of the Elk River Fest, a two-day celebration of competitions, expo booths, and great grub! Featuring a rainbow of artistic offerings for the senses, the Elk River Fest offers a veritable symphony of fine art and crafts, children's activities, festival food, and much more. Many special events will take place including: anything that floats but a boat race, boat race down main street, Catapult Catfish Contest, Mr. Bottom Feeder Pageant, rubber duck race, Parade of Boats, Captain's Ball, children's activities, local artists booths, and clinics by the WV Department of Natural Resources and WVU Extension Service, fireworks and much more! The fest will be capped off with the Elk River Challenge on June 1. For additional information, call 304-587-4166 or 304-941-2161 or visit http://elkriverpedalandpaddle.com/elk-river-fest.html.

Brigade of the American Revolution: June 1, Fort Randolph, Point Pleasant
The Brigade is a living history association dedicated to re-creating the life and times of the common soldier of the American War for Independence from 1775-1783. Members represent elements of all the armies then involved including: Continental, Militia, British, Loyalist, German, French, Spanish and Native American forces plus civilian men, women and children. Call 304-675-7933 or email chession1774@suddenlink.net or visit http://www.fortrandolph.org for more information.

Cornstalk’s Raid—250th Commemoration History Alive: June 1, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, Point Pleasant
In West Virginia, the year 2013 will be marked by numerous commemorative events highlighting the year 1863. This special commemoration is fitting, for the American Civil War brought about great changes to our Nation, not the least of which was the federal recognition and creation of West Virginia as the 35th state. Subsumed in the 150th birth year celebration is another anniversary of no less importance and perhaps with even greater impact on the future course of history in the region that one hundred years later became “The Mountain State.” That is the 250th anniversary of Shawnee Warrior Cornstalk’s Raid on the western Virginia Euro-American settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region. Cornstalk burst onto the scene of recorded history in 1763 when, against the British colony of Virginia, he conducted a military campaign that was arguably one of the most successful campaigns of Pontiac’s War. Activities begin at 10 a.m. Contact the park at 304-675-0869 or email tuendieweisp@wv.gov for additional information.

Hike Across West Virginia: June 1, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
Help celebrate National Trails Day by hiking a 10-mile stretch across the Ridge of Cacapon Mountain. Meet at the Nature Center at 9 a.m. to take advantage of this unique experience. Shuttle service is provided. Registration is strongly recommended. Visit http://www.cacaponresort.com or call 304-258-1022 for more information.

Hitching Wagon/Stage Coach Rides: June 1, Dunmore
Years ago farmers used hitching wagons to travel to town and bring back supplies they needed for many months. EJ Cottages and Overnite Stabling restored a hardy, old hitching wagon and now you can enjoy a smooth ride up and down the beautiful Greenbrier River Trail. The first Saturday of each month, the wagon leaves from Sitlington around 1 p.m. and makes its way northbound on the Greenbrier River Trail along the beautiful Greenbrier River. At 2 p.m., we will stop and enjoy a full dinner especially prepared for you. Rides return to the stable around 5 p.m. Enjoy a Stage Coach Ride to a picnic on the Greenbrier River. The Stage Coach leaves Sitlington at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each Thursday, Friday and Saturday through-out the summer. There will be no stagecoach/picnic rides the first Saturday of every month due to the wagon dinner ride. These popular activities requires reservations -- so be sure to make them early! For additional information, call 304-456-4319 or visit http://www.ejcottages.net.

Mountain State Trout Festival: June 1-3, Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Snowshoe
West Virginia Trout Unlimited is proud to present the first Mountain State Trout Festival beginning in 2013 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Snowshoe, WV. Activities and attractions include: camp out and barbeque, trout vendor exposition, seminars, spin-casting competition, fly tying race and one fly competition. Rules and additional details are posted at http://www.wvtu.org/mountain-state-trout-festival.html or call 304-965-7158 for more information.

Victorian Home and Garden Tour and Tea: June 1-2, Julia-Ann Square Historic District, Parkersburg
Five historic homes and gardens will be showcased. To celebrate West Virginia’s 150th Birthday, current residents will portray several former residents at their homes. A few of the former “founding fathers” are Senator Peter Van Winkle, Governor Arthur I. Boreman, Governor William E. Stevenson, and Joseph H. Dis Debar, designer of the WV State Seal-all homeowners in Julia-Ann Square. There will be a Victorian Tea on the lawn of one of the homes. The cost is $15 for adults. Children age ten and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Hours are 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Call 304-422-9861 or 304-485-7184 or visit http://www.juliannsquare.org for more information.

A Sense of Place: The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Artist Invitational: June 1 – Sept. 22, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington
Huntington Museum of Art has invited 18 artists – some native born to West Virginia and others who have chosen to make West Virginia their home – to explore the idea of “A Sense of Place,” each in their own individual way. The artists selected for this exhibition also teach at colleges and universities in West Virginia and will include Grant Johnson (Alderson-Broaddus), Michael Doig (Davis & Elkins), Liza Brenner (Glenville), Andy Bloxham (WV Wesleyan), Reidun Ovrebo (WV State), Mark Tobin Moore (Concord University), Sonya Evanisko (Shepherd), James Biggs (Concord), Jennifer Boggess (Fairmont State), James Haizlett (West Liberty), Erika Osborne (WVU), Michael Sherwin (WVU), Christian Benefiel (Shepherd), Kenneth Morgan (Bethany), Peter Massing (Marshall), Natalie Larsen (Marshall), Molly S. Erlandson (WV State) and Hayson Harrison (Marshall University). Visit http://www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701 for additional information.

51st Annual Calhoun County Wood Festival: June 5-8, Grantsville
This year’s theme is "A Gathering to Remember". Join us for this annual celebration and make new memories that will never be forgotten! Activities and attractions include: pageants, crafts, food vendors, kid’s activities, Grand Parade, exhibits, mud bog, West Virginia Forestry Exhibit, fireworks and carnival rides. Musical entertainment will include gospel groups, bluegrass, rock and country from local and national entertainers. For more information, visit http://www.calhounwoodfest.com or call 304-531-0084.

Mountain Quilt Quest—Celebrating 150 Years of Statehood: June 5-8, throughout West Virginia
Come and join us for a winding adventure through the hills of West Virginia during the Mountain Quilt Quest. The theme for this year is “Celebrate”. We are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Mountain Quilt Quest Shop Hop in addition to West Virginia's Sesquicentennial – 150 years of statehood with various quilt activities statewide. This four-day event filled with fabric, fun and prizes will indulge your love of quilting while you enjoy the natural beauty of our state. Each of the Quilt Shops will have a different pattern and fabric kit, designed by West Virginia artist Eileen Farren, and shares the theme of celebrating West Virginia quilting. When you have collected all 11 kits, you will be able to create a wonderful quilt as a memory of your journey. Visit http://www.mountainquiltquest.com/home/ or http://www.wvquilters.org or call 304-471-8188 for more information.

The Revolution That Forged a State: June 6, Independence Hall, Wheeling
“The Revolution That Forged a State,” is a presentation by distinguished scholar Ronald L. Lewis as part of the 150th commemoration of WV statehood. A reception will follow the program. The presentation starts at 7 p.m. Contact Travis Henline at 304-238-1300 or email travis.l.henline@wv.gov for more information.

2nd Annual New River Festival: June 7-9, Old Rivers Resort-Fayette Station Rd., Fayetteville
This festival offers something for everyone. Festival highlights include a Friday night film festival, live music on Saturday, camping, a puppet parade, field trips, clinics, yoga, mountain biking, community art, and food vendors. Visit http://www.NewRiverFestival.com or email focusintent68@gmail.com or call 304-237-7575 for additional information.

14th Annual Hatfield and McCoy Reunion Festival and Marathon: June 7-9, Downtown Williamson and Matewan
The Hatfields and McCoys are back at it again, but this time they’re having fun instead of feuding. The festival will include a variety of activities, events, and free entertainment suitable for the whole family. The marathon takes place on Saturday. The Hatfield-McCoy Marathon has something for everyone, from 26.2 and 13.1 mile runs to our kid's Once-Around-The-Block Mini Marathon. Additionally, tours of the sites of the world famous Hatfield-McCoy Feud will be offered. The tours will be narrated by two experts on the Feud. Tours will last 3 hours and leave from the Sycamore Inn in Williamson at 2 p.m. on Friday; 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday; and 9 a.m. on Sunday. Cost of the tour is $20 adults and $10 for children age 12 and under. For additional information, visit http://www.hatfieldmccoymarathon.com or email TVRRC@hotmail.com or call 304-235-5240.

26th Annual Ronceverte River Festival: June 7-9, Ronceverte
The Ronceverte River Festival is a Greenbrier Valley tradition held every June at the Ronceverte Island Park. The festival offers parades, vendors, rides, free concerts at the amphitheater, and fireworks. The three-day event includes the famous Rubber Duck Race on the Greenbrier River. For more information, visit http://www.greenbrierwv.com or call 304-647-3835.

Lemonade and Lavender Home and Garden Tour: June 7-9, North House Museum, Lewisburg
The Greenbrier Historical Society’s biennial Lemonade and Lavender Homes Tour has been expanded this year and is featuring homes in the countryside of the Greenbrier Valley as well as the Town of Ronceverte. On Friday, the event will open with a gala held at the historic James Jarrett House at Fairhill. From 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. guests will be able to tour the house by candlelight, observe a display and demonstration of historic carriages by Raymond and Lynn Tuckwiller, and enjoy refreshments, including wine provided by Watt’s Roost Vineyards, down by the pond and waterfall. Advance tickets will be needed for the gala and are available at the Greenbrier Historical Society’s North House, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg, or the Greenbrier Convention and Visitors Bureau, located at 200 West Washington Street in Lewisburg. On Saturday, June 8, the more traditional homes tour will include Spring Valley Farm—Page Dickson; The Montgomery Cabin—Herbert and Katy Montgomery; Maple Hill—James Jeter; The Cedars—Pamela Bergren and Border Crow; and the James Jarrett House at Fairhill—Margaret and David Hambrick. The Second Creek Mill and broom factory will also be open for exploration and the purchase of local products. Most of these properties are on working farms and located on one lane country roads so care should be taken while driving and visiting. Tickets will be available at each location as well as the North House. On Sunday afternoon, the Homes Tour will feature the Town of Ronceverte. Tickets are available in advance or at Edgarton Inn, where tours are available and lemonade and cookies will be served. For additional information, call 304-645-3398 or visit http://greenbrierwv.com/events/detail/lemonade_and_lavender_home_and_garden_tour/.

Experience the Civil War Years & Celebrate West Virginia's 150th Birthday: June 8, Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library and Waldomore, Clarksburg
The 35-star flag, hand sewn here in Harrison County in 1963 will be on display at the Waldomore, known as the "Sycamore-Dale" or "Rider Flag", along with other artifacts. Adjacent to the Waldomore, the Clarksburg Harrison Public Library will host a Civil War history festival film, featuring the original film, "The Story of Harrison County: Civil War to Statehood". This film presents the battles that were fought here, as well as the role of Harrison County as a major supply depot and staging area for the Civil War. Scholars will guide a free tour on an antique trolley which features Civil War bunkers. The tours will explore the sites and enliven the tour with stories of Harrison County people of the period through artifacts, historical facts, and the very sites where they lived. A free newspaper-size map will feature the sites of historical importance and provide additional driving and walking tours in other parts of Harrison County. Visit http://www.harrisoncountywv.com or call 304-624-8500 for additional information.

Contact Information

Jacqueline Proctor
304-957-9312
Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov