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.

 Training Program for Historic Interpretation Offered March 31 at Prickett’s Fort State Park

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation is bringing NAI Certified Interpretive Trainer Richard N. Pawling to West Virginia on Saturday, March 31. “An intense day of historic interpretive training is our goal,” said Melissa May, Executive Director of the Pricketts Fort Foundation. Participants will learn effective methods for presenting history to diverse audiences.

“This is required training for all new fort staff and volunteers, but it is open to anyone, including students and interpretive staff and volunteers from other historic sites across West Virginia and beyond,” May said.

The training will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A brown bag lunch is recommended. The class will meet in the Visitor Center and the cost is $36 for Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation (PFMF) Members, $40 for Non-members, and $20 for Students. The workshop is free for current PFMF staff and volunteers. Registration is limited. Call the foundation office (304) 363-3030 or register on line www.prickettsfort.org.

About Richard Pawling
Pawling, a natural entertainer and former college professor, is a master at captivating audiences of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. He is the owner and educational and interpretive specialist of HISTORY ALIVE!SM, a firm founded in 1991 that provides living history and traditional and heritage music programs and training workshops to parks, museums, colleges and universities, as well as civic, professional, and historical organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Annually, he presents up to 200 HISTORY ALIVE! SM performances and living history workshops.

He has been a National Park Ranger and was the winner of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) "Excellence in Interpretation Award," a national distinction presented annually to one individual, institution or agency. He is both a NAI "Certified Interpretive Guide" and a "Certified Interpretive Trainer." Pawling is the author of the book, Old Clothes: But All I Wanted to Do Was Wear Old Clothes and Go Back to the Past.

Prickett’s Fort State Park is located near Fairmont. The fort is a re-creation of the original Prickett's Fort of 1774, which served as a refuge from Native American war parties on the western frontier of Colonial Virginia. The "new" fort serves as a living history site where interpreters re-create late 18th century lifestyle through period attire and demonstrations of a variety of colonial crafts. Throughout the season, visitors may find blacksmiths, spinners, weavers and other traditional artisans at work, and a gun shop which features the only public demonstrations of 18th century firearm manufacturing in the state.

For additional information, visit www.prickettsfortstatepark.com or call 363-3030 for events and activities and fort hours.

Contact Information

Melissa May, Executive Director
(304) 363-3030