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 4-17

2/28/2013
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 to 10 p.m. For additional information, call 304-647-6261 or visit http://www.wvsom.edu/academics/workshops-events/lifeandlimb.

“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 the glass plate negatives made 150 years ago; the part the 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 find out history for both the Emancipation Proclamation and Gettysburg Address; the display of medical activities and living history events and much more. For more information, contact Albert C. Mach II at 304-749-8757 or visit https://sites.google.com/site/escapetothemountains2013/activities or email escapetothemountains@hotmail.com.  

Liberty on the Boarder: 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 and its strong focus on non-military events and civilian contributions which puts 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 West Virginia 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.

Oglebay Institute's "Crosscurrents" Art Exhibit: March 7 – 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.

Wheeling Symphony Orchestra featuring Ilana Davidson: March 8, Capitol Theatre, Wheeling
Under the direction of conductor Andre Raphel, the orchestra celebrates the 50th birthday year of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon performing her dynamic Concerto for Orchestra. American soprano Ilana Davidson brings a crystalline soprano voice, assured musicality and interpretive insight to Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate. The Pines of Rome features off-stage trumpets and a large orchestra as a finale to this concert. The performance begins at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 304-232-6191.

American Mountain Theater Presents Dailey and Vincent: March 9, Elkins
The bluegrass talents of Dailey and Vincent make them an esteemed act. They have received over 30 awards and have been named International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Entertainers of the Year” from 2008-2010. A live Dailey and Vincent performance has something for every fan, featuring exceptional vocals, harmonized with an unexpected range of material and backed by the skillful musicianship bluegrass is known for. Show time is 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 888-793-4379 or email tickets@americanmountaintheater.com. Visit http://www.americanmountaintheater.com or email info@americanmountaintheater.com for more information.

32nd Annual Irish Spring Festival: March 10 and March 14-20, Ireland
Come join in a wee bit of Irish fun! Each spring the families of Ireland, West Virginia, hold an Irish Spring Festival which includes St. Patrick's Day and the time of the Vernal Equinox. True Irish magic engulfs the tiny village of Ireland from the gentle curve of the West Fork River to the majestic mountain peaks which encircle Ireland in a loving embrace. Magic is everywhere one looks! It is a celebration of Scots - Irish heritage, but just as much a celebration of awakening the Appalachian Spring. Activities and attractions include: Pot o’ Luck dinner, gospel sing, Irish Jig (square dance), house decorating contest, costume contest, scavenger hunt, kite flying, Lucky Charm Pitch (horseshoes), harp workshop, foul shooting contest, duck race, talent contest, bingo, snake chase (10K walk-run), fried potato contest, pet show, live entertainment, Irish Road Bowling, parade, bike tour, crafts and much more! For additional information, call 304-452-8962 or 304-765-5800 or visit http://www.angelfire.com/wv/irishspringfestival for the complete schedule.

Eagle Survey of the Pipestem Area: March 9, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem
Join in the annual survey of the skies and waterways for golden and bald eagles in the Pipestem area. From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., volunteers are assigned stations at various areas to watch and record sightings. For additional information, visit http://www.pipestemresort.com, call 304-466-1800 or email pipestemsp@wv.gov.  

George Washington Bathtub Celebration: March 15-17, Berkeley Springs
Berkeley Springs celebrates its most unique historic site, George Washington’s Bathtub, with a weekend devoted to Mount Vernon peanut soup, dollar sales and local history. From Friday through Sunday, the tiny spa town highlights the country’s only outdoor monument to presidential bathing. The season’s opening of the Museum of the Berkeley Springs is a main event of the weekend. Specials can be found countywide. Visit http://www.berkeleysprings.com or call 800-447-8797 for more information.

Scrapbook Workshop: March 15-17, Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens
Find your creative side and make lasting memories. This annual event is a "learn how to do" scrapbooking weekend. There are a variety of packages to choose from to suit your needs.
For reservations and additional information, call 304-294-4000.

Women's Getaway Weekend: March 15-17, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Designed with women in mind, this two-night, three-day event includes facials, massages, exercise programs, pedicures, manicures, art and crafts, meals and more. Visit http://www.northbendsp.com or call 304-643-2931 for reservations and more information.

Historic Arts Workshops - Baskets with Helen Efaw: March 16, Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont
Learn to make a Gardeners/ Weavers basket. The basket is a divided basket for gardeners or weavers to carry their tools. Helen Efaw began making baskets in 1996 and uses original designs along with many traditional Appalachian shapes and techniques which are both functional and decorative. The class is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced beginner in the art of basket weaving. This is an all-day class so please bring a brown bag lunch. Register on line at http://www.prickettsfort.org or call the park at 304-363-3030.

A St. Patrick's Evening with Mick Souter: March 16, Hawks Nest State Park
Hawks Nest State Park will host accomplished musician and storyteller Mick Souter on March 16 for a delightful evening of American-Irish songs and stories. Come ready to join in on the singing of well-beloved songs and be beguiled by tales of Irish wit and wisdom. The songs will be accompanied by Mick’s performance on banjo, guitar, auto harp, dulcimer and fiddle to keep your toes tapping and your Irish eyes smiling. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Call Hawks Nest State Park at 304-658-5212 for more information and reservations.

St. Patrick's Day Activities: March 16, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by embracing the time-honored traditions of the Irish. Activities include a St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt, crafts, and more! Email Renee.M.Fincham@wv.gov or call 304-258-1022 x 5209 for additional information.

Historic Arts Workshops - Spinning with Judy Wilson: March 16-17, Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont
Judy Wilson has been spinning since 1970 and weaving since 1991. She has been a historical interpreter at Pricketts Fort since 1991 demonstrating various women’s skills-- particularly textiles. For more information, call 304-363-3030 or visit http://www.prickettsfort.org.

Historic Arts Workshops - Tatting with Kim Miller: March 16-17, Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont (MC)
Tatting is an 18th century form of lacemaking that originated in Europe. The workshop is for anyone who wants to learn or build their lace making skills with a thread and shuttle. Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Visit http://www.prickettsfort.org or call 304-363-3030 for more information.

West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival: March 16-17, Pickens
When nights are freezing and days begin to warm, its maple sugaring time here in our mountains surrounding Pickens! Come and join in the celebration of the ancient art of West Virginia Sugar Mapling. Activities and attractions include: pancake and sausage feed, 5K run, craft sale and demonstrations, artists at work, live music, children’s activities playground, quilt show and sale, art and photo show, woodcarving demonstrations, soapmaking, muzzle loading contest, woodchopping exhibition, ham and bean buffet dinner, square dance, basket weaving, WV wineries, antique steam engines, maple candy, and of course—maple syrup! The Pickens Depot and Roberts-Cunningham Museum will also be open throughout the weekend. There will also be a special appearance by Smoky Bear. For more information, visit http://www.pickenswv.com, email KimDulaney@msn.com or call 304-924-5096. For syrup or sugar camp information, call 304-5404 or 877-986-2753, visit http://www.treewater.com or email bluerockstudio@hotmail.com

9th Annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show: March 16-24, Blennerhassett Museum, Parkersburg
Area quilters are invited to display quilts and wall hangings at the Blennerhassett Museum. This year we have added a special exhibit category for themed quilts. We will be recognizing and honoring 150 years of West Virginia statehood. Prizes will be awarded for 'Best of Show" and "People's Choice." For more information, call Blennerhassett Historical State Park at 304-420-4800.

Quilter's Spring Retreat: March 17-22, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Designed for those quilters who could not attend in February or want to come back, this retreat will be similar. The calm, peaceful setting of the North Bend lodge provides the perfect atmosphere for quilting.
Contact: 304-643-2931

St. Patrick's Day – Sunday in the Park with Scott Cain: March 17, North Bend State Park, Cairo
Come and spend the afternoon enjoying free, live entertainment in the lodge lobby from 12 noon until 2 p.m. with Scott Cain from Parkersburg. Scott plays the hammered dulcimer and the lap dulcimer. He lets guests try playing the dulcimer and talks with them about the instruments and his music. For more information, call North Bend State Park at 304-643-2931.

Contact Information

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