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 March 18-31

3/8/2013


Life and Limb: The Toll of The American Civil War: now until March 23, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Library, Lewisburg

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and the more than 3 million soldiers who fought in the war, the exhibition, “Life and Limb: The Toll of The American Civil War,” explores the experiences of disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation. Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which saved lives by sacrificing limbs. These men served as a stark reminder of the costs of the conflict long after the war had ended. Exhibition hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  For additional information, call 304-647-6261 or visit http://www.wvsom.edu/academics/workshops-events/lifeandlimb

March Madness Rafting: now until March 24, Harpers Ferry
River Riders is offering free wetsuit rental combo packages for each Shenandoah River rafting participant on all weekends in March. Departure time is noon. Call 304-535-2663 or email trips@riverriders.com or visit http://www.riverriders.com/shenandoahrafting for reservations and additional information.

“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, reenactors, 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; 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://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 over 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, Colt pistol and pike from John Brown’s raid, the Confederate battle flag, 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 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. 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. 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.

Civil War Re-enactment Weekend: March 21-24, Hurricane
This event commemorates two engagements of the Civil War separated by a space of several years.
The Battle of Scary Creek, for the most part, was fought at long range with rifle and artillery fire from each side of the creek. The Blue and Gray Skirmish at Hurricane Bridge on March 28, 1863 may not have impacted the outcome of the Civil War, but to the residents of the small village at Hurricane Bridge who could hear “minnie” balls whistling over their rooftops, it was their little piece of the big event. Federal loses were recorded as three, during this skirmish, which lasted some five hours of intense firing. Activities and attractions include: campsite tours, an historic remembrance play, artillery night firing, horse drawn wagon rides, presentations by Abe Lincoln, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, period church service, battle re-enactments, Ladies Tea ($), dinner with Abe Lincoln ($),  military ball, and the H. L. Hunley submarine display. Sutler shops will sell Civil War era items and other souvenirs. Call 304-562-0518 ext. 10 or 11 or visit http://www.civilwardayswv.com for the complete schedule and more information.

Annual West Virginia Chocolate Festival: March 23, Ripley
Chocolate of every description will be available for purchase from chocolatiers from around the state. Indulge in everything from chocolate suckers to fudge and from hot chocolate to chocolate dipped fruit. Free samples will be offered. The parade begins at 11 a.m. This is a family oriented and handicapped accessible event. Admission and parking are free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 304-531-1133 or 304-372-3482 or email wvchocolatefestival@yahoo.com.

Mountain Stage: March 24, Cultural Center Theater at the State Capitol Complex, Charleston
Mountain Stage welcomes Louden Wainwright III, Paula Cole, Paleface, Overmountain Men, and The Sea The Sea (TSTS). Loudon Snowden Wainwright III is a Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor. To date, Wainwright has released 22 studio albums. Grammy winner and seven- time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an 18-year career. Cole’s emotionally deep and thrilling performances are a trademark.  Poetic and fiercely touching, intelligent writing makes Cole stand apart. PALEFACE is an American musician and artist currently on tour as a high-energy, indie-folk three piece band featuring drummer Mo Samalot, and electric guitar player Soren Mattson. In January 2009, Bob Crawford, David Childers, Robert Childers and Scott Daily began recording at Old House Studio with Chris Garges. During this process they decided to name their band after a group of Colonist who fought in the 1780 Battle at Kings Mountain (NC)—the Overmountain Men. Since the Fall of 2011, Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley have been touring the country, making new friends and evolving their sound. Now a playful mix of old and new, acoustic and electric, raw and graceful, TSTS has created an inspired arsenal of harmony-rich, lyric-driven songs. Advance tickets are $15 and $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased by calling 800-594-8499 or 304-342-1461 or in person at Taylor Books on Capitol Street in Charleston. For more information or to order tickets online, visit http://www.mountainstage.org/mtnstagelive.aspx.

Eggstravaganza: March 23, The Clay Center, Charleston
Bring the family for an egg-citing day of activities. Enjoy our annual egg hunt, decorate your very own egg (2 eggs for $1) and meet our Special Guest for the day – the Easter Bunny. There will be a wonderful new puppet show as well as activities such as Bunny and Chick Bowling and a scavenger hunt through the galleries for prizes. Visit http://www.theclaycenter.org or email info@theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570 for more information.

Full Moon Zipline Canopy Tour Trip: March 23, Harpers Ferry
What a little moon light can do! This unforgettable evening zipline canopy tour offers all the challenge and excitement of a day time trip under the light of the moon. We depart at sundown giving you the loveliest view of the Potomac River and Historic Harpers Ferry! Call 304-535-2663 or email trips@riverriders.com or visit http://www.harpersferryzipline.com for reservations and additional information.

Maple Sugaring Day: March 23, Schrader Environmental Education Center, Wheeling
This hands-on, outdoor program includes a nature walk, demonstrations of maple sugaring techniques, history of maple sugaring and a pancake breakfast with fresh maple syrup. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trail guides depart from the Camp Russel (Oglebay) parking lot every half hour with the last tour leaving at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $7 per person or $6 for Oglebay Institute members. Additionally, each member of a group of 15 or more gets the $6 rate. Children under age 3 are admitted free. Call 304-242-6588 or email schradercustomerservice@oionline.com or visit http://www.oionline.com for more information.

Sock Hop: March 23, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
It’s a flashback to the ‘50s and ’60s! Come in your best sock hop attire for dancing to the “oldies,” dancing contests, food, and much more. Perfectly located in the ambiance of the Old Inn, dancing will begin at 6 p.m. For more information and admission cost, email Renee.M.Fincham@wv.gov or call 304-258-1022 x 5209.

15th Annual Passion Trail-The Footsteps of Jesus: March 29-30, Paradise Island of Christian, Verner
Cast members will lead you on a ½ mile walking trail tracing the footsteps of Jesus. The trail features 45 stories and 175 scenes of the life of Christ from his birth in Bethlehem, to his death on the cross at Calvary’s Hill, to his resurrection at the tomb and to the ascension! There will be free singing and refreshments starting at 6:30 p.m. The trail begins at approximately 7:30 p.m. Admission and food are free. However, donations are accepted and appreciated. Large groups are urged to call for a free reservation. Visit http://www.paradiseislandwv.homestead.com or call 304-583-2825 for reservations and more information.

The Cottontail Express: March 30, Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad, Elkins
Bring the kids dressed in their Easter best to meet Peter Cottontail on the train! How do you catch a unique bunny? You “neak” up on him! Join the Easter parade of animals in a mad search for that hippity-hoppity bunny. This 1 ½ hours round trip down the rails will include face painting, singing and general merriment. Departure times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ticket prices (train ride only): adults (age 12 and older) – $35, children (age 4 to 11) – $30, and children (under age 4) – free. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Visit http://www.mountainrailwv.com or call 877-686-7245 for additional information or reservations.

Easter Egg Hunt: March 30, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis
An old-fashioned egg hunt for children ages up to 7th grade will be held at Harold Walters Nature Center. This event takes place rain, snow or sunshine. Activities begin at 1:30 p.m.  For more information, call the park at 304-259-5216.

Easter Egg Hunt: March 30, Tomlinson Run State Park, New Manchester
An Easter egg hunt (for ages up to 12 years) will be held March 30 at Tomlinson Run State Park. Tickets are 50 cents each and can be purchased from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the park. The egg hunt starts promptly at 1 p.m. Call Tomlinson Run State Park at 304-564-3651 for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt: March 30, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens
Help find our missing Easter eggs. There will be three categories (call for participation ages and starting times) and use of the entire area to hide Easter eggs. Make sure to bring your Easter basket and good running shoes. A $1 fee is requested. Call Twin Falls at 304-294-4000 for additional information.

Irish Road Bowling: March 30, Cooper’s Rock State Forest, Bruceton Mills
Irish bowling is an old Irish sport played by troops in West Virginia during the American Civil War. A 28-ounce iron and steel cannonball, the size of a tennis ball (a "bowl” or "bullet") is hurled down a country lane. The player or team with the fewest shots to the finish line wins. Registration opens at noon; bowling begins at 12:30 p.m. Any age or ability can enjoy the sport--from playing the game to simply walking with teams/players and spotting bowls. This 12,713 acre forest with cliffs and 11 rustic picnic shelters is ideal for Irish Road Bowling. Registration opens at noon. Bowling begins at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, call 304-304-698-9065 or visit http://www.coopersrockstateforest.com or http://www.wvirishroadbowling.com.

Easter “EGG”stravaganza: March 30-31, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
Enjoy the holiday with a weekend full of activities. On Saturday, enjoy the annual Easter egg hunt, a special visit with the Easter Bunny, egg ornament crafts, and egg coloring. A Sunrise Service is scheduled for Sunday. Visit http://www.cacaponresort.com or contact: 304-258-1022 x 5209 for more information.

Statewide Anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps: March 31, West Virginia C.C.C. Museum, Quiet Dell
The 80th Anniversary of the Founding of the Civilian Conservation Corps will be observed at the West Virginia State CCC Museum on Sunday, March 31. The solemn ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and includes flag raising, dignitaries, refreshments, speeches, and entertainment -- all celebrating the birth of the CCC in 1933. The event is free and open to the public. Call Dr. Anderson at 304-842-5194 or Richard Bailey at 304-842-3436 for further details or information on the museum, which has added two Replica CCC Barracks to the property. For more information, visit http://wva-ccc-legacy.org/ or email bhsrich56@yahoo.com.

Contact Information

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