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 April 1-14

3/20/2013
“Our Civil War Heritage” – Escape to the Mountains 2013: now – until April 30, Landes Arts Center, Petersburg
This is a huge and unique historical Civil War display and event with short seminars and discussions as well as displays by historians, educators, re-enactors, and collectors. Among other things, the presentation will include a history of mapping during the Civil War--both commercial and actual hand drawn maps; a large display of pictures and portraits from glass plate negatives made 150 years ago; a discussion on the part railroads played in the war; a comprehensive history of ships including the Monitors, ironclads, and a submarine; the amazing history of balloons in the war; a display of currency and stamps from the CSA, a wonderful display of first day covers and stamps from the 100-year anniversary, as well as today; a display of the history of Lincoln, his four children, and wife; newspapers, documents, telegrams, and letters of famous Civil War events will be displayed including Lee’s handwritten surrender and a general order to his troops to surrender. See and discover the history of both the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address; the display of medical activities; living history events and much more. For more information, contact Albert C. Mach II at 304-749-8757, visit https://www.sites.google.com/site/escapetothemountains2013/activities or email
escapetothemountains@hotmail.com.  

Oglebay Institute's “Crosscurrents” Art Exhibit: now until May 3, Stifel Fine Arts Center, Wheeling
This juried show featuring work in a variety of media by regional artists, opens at 6:30 p.m. on March 7 with a public reception at Stifel Fine Arts Center. Admission is free. The exhibit continues through May 3. All events are subject to change. Please call 304-242-7700 or visit http://www.oionline.com for more information.

Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibition: now – Aug. 25, The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, Beckley
“Liberty on the Border” focuses on the relationship between the states along the Ohio River. Its many educational elements provide new insights into the events leading up to the war, the war years, and the “politics of memory” that has occurred from post-war to modern day. The exhibit is unique from other Civil War exhibits because it has a regional focus. The strong focus on non-military events and civilian contributions put the causes, effects and meaning of the war in more personal terms. Visitors will learn the surprising role that women and children played in the war. The exhibit includes more than 300 artifacts, archival documents, lithographs and photographs. It also contains a multitude of interactive elements and computer interactivities. There are historic military artifacts that Civil War buffs will love to see, including an original Sharp’s carbine, the Colt pistol and pike from John Brown’s raid, a Confederate battle flag, the jacket and cap of Private Silas Buck referred to in Ken Burn’s Civil War, plus other artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian and other museums. Contact Leslie Baker at 304-252-3730 or email info@beckleymine.com or visit http://www.beckley.org/exhibition_coal_mine/index.html for additional information.

West Virginia 150: now until Dec. 31, The West Virginia State Museum, West Virginia Culture Center, Charleston
West Virginia 150, a special sesquicentennial exhibit commemorating West Virginia’s 150th birthday, focuses on more than 150 people, places and events that helped to shape the lives of West Virginians over the past 150 years. The exhibit features West Virginia’s national and international accomplishments and achievements since the state’s birth on June 20, 1863. Hundreds of artifacts tell stories about the state’s steel, coal, glass, timber and railroad industries as well as such notable West Virginians as Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck, pepperoni roll inventor Giuseppe Argiro, award-winning composer George Crumb and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. The Wheeling Jamboree, Mountain Stage, Mister Bee Potato Chips, Shoney’s and the Marble King Company are also featured. Admission is free. The WV Culture Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The State Museum, which is also free, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. For more information, call 304-558-0220 or visit http://www.wvculture.org.

19th Annual School of the Longhunter: April 4-7, Pricketts Fort State Park, Fairmont
The Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation invites you to join us for a weekend encampment with seminars on longhunter skills for the 18th century interpreter, re-enactor or history enthusiast. With the primary focus on the frontier skills of the longhunter, this intense weekend of instruction explores the role of early American frontiersmen. Space is limited and registration is required. Call Pricketts Fort at 304-363-3030 for more information or visit http://www.prickettsfort.org/shop to register online.

“Murder Among the Meringues” Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: April 5-6, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Gigi Sharp and the Meringues have done it again. Their newest song, Sweet Sugar, is a hit single topping the charts! Gigi is a fabulous singer and nobody knows it better than her. The Meringues are her back-up singers, but they would all rather stab her in the back. A killer lurks in their midst and one of them will be dead before the night is over. Clues are given and the audience will have the chance to interrogate suspects and solve this dastardly deed. Special overnight packages as well as dinner and play only packages are available. For more information, visit http://www.northbendsp.com or call North Bend State Park at 304-643-2931.

14th Annual Chocolate Lovers Day: April 6, Downtown Morgantown
This one day chocolate extravaganza invites the public to indulge themselves in an array of chocolate creations. For only $5 per person (free to children under age 5), registrants will sample tasty chocolate treats at each business while accumulating points towards the grand prize drawing. This year the grand prize is four tickets to Hershey Park in Hershey, Pa. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. You can’t afford to miss a store or a morsel of chocolate during this once a year opportunity! Visit http://www.downtownmorgantown.com or call 304-292-0168 for more information.

The Capitol Steps: April 7, The Clay Center, Charleston MV
Don’t miss the side-splitting political comedy, song parodies and hilarious skits performed by “the only group in American that attempts to be funnier than Congress.” Returning to the Clay Center stage, they bring their latest show “Take the Money and Run – for President.” Show time is 7:30 p.m. Visit http://www.theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570 for tickets and additional information.

"Jump Start" Weekend: April 12-14, Tygart Lake, Grafton
Jump start Heart Health Month with a weekend get-away focused on getting your body moving. Need help getting started? Need a little variety in your workout? Spend the weekend with us and find your motivation! Activities include lots of fun, exercise sessions, discussions, nutrition information, and relaxation. There will be activities for all fitness levels. Special package rates are $160 per person with two people per room or $82.50 without lodging. Price includes lodging, meals, and all sessions. Call 304-265-6144 for reservations and additional information.

Spring Photography Workshop: April 12-14, Twin Falls, Mullens
Spring brings blooms and returns green to the landscape making this a great weekend to hone photography skills. The workshop covers topics from equipment use, composition, natural lighting, people, action photography, digital imaging and computer software use. Field trips are part of the weekend and attendee should be prepared for whatever the weather may bring. Photography instructors are Steve Shaluta and Steven Rotsch. Call Twin Falls at 304-294-4000 or email twinfallssp@wv.gov for more information.

7th Annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival: April 13, throughout Lewisburg
This is an event you will not want to miss! Make plans now to attend the 7th Annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival. This festival includes an exciting schedule of chocolate themed events including musical performances, dinners, tastings, and fun for all ages! Ticket holders will be able to sample chocolate treats from featured chocolatiers including West Virginia favorites as well as nationally recognized brands. Tickets are available in advance or at the festival. For more information, call 304-645-1000 or visit http://www.lewisburgchocolatefestival.com.

9th Annual Gristmill Grinder and Three Mile Walk: April 13, Babcock State Park, Clifftop
The half marathon trail run consists of a "figure 8" loop course. It begins with a short road section at the beginning before turning left and jumping onto a single track trail named “Triple Creek.” After passing the Gristmill, runners take the Lakeview trail on the left, up to and around Boley Lake to the road near the finish. There is a gradual uphill grade approaching the finish. Three aid stations, at miles 2.5, 6 and 11 will have water, sports drink, moral support and radios. Visit http://www.babcocksp.com or contact 304-438-3004 for reservations at the park or visit http://www.gristmillgrinder.com for more information. The race will start at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:10 a.m. You may also contact the race coordinator, Donnie Hudspeth, at 304-575-3294 or email tohealth@wcgnet.us.  

The Charge: 5K Obstacle Challenge Race: April 13, Sam Michaels Park, Harpers Ferry
Are you ready to race into battle? The Charge is not your typical challenge race. Yes – you will be jumping over, under, and through obstacles. Yes – you will probably get dirty. And yes, you will use muscles you didn’t realize you had … but you’ll do it alongside Civil War soldiers and cavalrymen, hurdling over Civil War-themed obstacles. First-time challenge racer? No problem! Each heat is designated a skill level and you choose which is best for you. This historical race is one for the ages! For more information, visit http://www.thechargechallengerace.com or email jmyers@jcprc.org.  

Festival of Nations: April 13, Weirton
Celebrating West Virginia’s 150th year with ethnic food, dances, music, and displays, the Festival of Nations will be held at the Weirton Event Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In case of bad weather it will be moved to the Millsop Community Center. Admission is free. Visit http://www.weirtonmuseum.com or call 304-479-7266 for additional information.

Master Naturalist Hike: April 13, Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton
Join local Master Naturalists for a springtime hike and explore the variety of flora and fauna at Tygart Lake State Park. For more information, contact Stephanie Bailey at 304-265-6148.

Contact Information

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