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.

 West Virginia Welcome Centers celebrate sesquicentennial around the state

6/14/2013
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On June 20, 2013, West Virginia will celebrate its 150th birthday and all eight of the state’s welcome centers will join in the celebration. Travelers in the Mountain State and local communities are encouraged to stop by and participate in a variety of events, have a slice of cake and join in the festivities.

Following are just a few of the events that will be occurring throughout the day at West Virginia Welcome Centers. In addition, tourism destinations will have exhibits at these locations.

I-81N Inwood
(304) 229-8836
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Civil War spy Belle Boyd and a Confederate general living-history interpreters Spinning wheel demonstration, drop spinning and twined rag rug weaving Entertainment by Wonderment Puppet Theatre of Martinsburg Country Roads Car Club exhibit Displays and giveaways by Hampton Inn Inwood, Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau

I-64E Huntington
(304) 545-1819
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Water safety demonstration featuring a kid-friendly remote-controlled tugboat (Army Corps of Engineers) Orchids by Huntington Museum of Art ACE Whitewater Rafting Mardi Gras and Casino Quilting by Jennifer Hill Huntington's Museum of Radio and Technology Giveaways and refreshments

I-77 Williamstown
(304) 375-2700
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; cake cutting at noon
Smokey Bear, West Virginia Division of Forestry Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge exhibits West Virginia Honey Festival, Tom Riddle and Carolyn Beckett Wood County Flywheelers Association Celtic bagpipes and attire display by John Dye Wood carver demonstrations by Dave Ferguson Mountwood Park Representative accompanied by “Miss Volcano Days Queen”
Wood County Recycle
Blennerhassett Island State Park docent(s) Live music, refreshments and giveaways Birthday cake and balloons

I-64W White Sulphur Springs
(304) 536-4553
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Refreshments, trinkets and giveaways will be available at the West Virginia Welcome Center Table Pens and lip balm provided by Greenbrier Valley Medical Center One-day whitewater rafting trip giveaway provided by River Expeditions Jet boat ride tickets giveaway and Bridge Day shirts provided by New River Jet Boat Ride Potomac Eagle post cards Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide visitor guides, coloring pages and crayons Fairfield Inn & Suites Lewisburg Watts Roost Vineyard will offer drawings for tastings and glasses, pens, chocolate blackberry cupcakes

I-79S Morgantown
(304) 328-5261
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Confederate soldier and southern belle living history interpreters Hammered dulcimer music “Dream Machine” cruise-In featuring classic and vintage cars Snacks include Julia’s Pepperoni Rolls (a local favorite), West Virginia birthday cupcakes and cookies and bottled water.

I-68W Bruceton Mills
(304) 379-2648
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Birthday cake donated by Kroger
Balloons and West Virginia giveaways
Smokey Bear appearance
Anna Brown will provide a pottery demo Exotic jungle pets Live music by J C and the Boys & a Girl Eleanor’s Quilts Freda Smith paintings and face painting Preston County Chamber of Commerce will serve food

I-70 Wheeling
(304) 767-0177
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Historic Civil War Wheeling Ambulance
Eddie and Robin acoustic singing duo
Two vintage race boats from the Wheeling Vintage Regatta Paul Latos from Linn Pottery Black Union Soldier Re-enactor portrayed by Mr. Wilkes Kinney
Complimentary Pepsi

I-81S Falling Waters
(304) 274-2281
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Back Creek Valley Boys Band
Wonderment Puppet Theatre
Eastern Panhandle Square Dancers
Representative from the Heritage Craft Center in Martinsburg Norwalk Antique Cars of the Berkeley County Group Dillon Farm Museum Birthday cake provided by Sweet Inspirations Fruit donated by Orr’s Farm Market Complimentary Pepsi Bottled water from Berkeley Springs Water West Virginia promotional item giveaways

The West Virginia Statehood page details the history of the Mountain State and lists commemoration events: www.wvtourism.com/statehood.

For more information about events and activities, call 1 800 CALL WVA or visit the West Virginia Division of Tourism online at www.wvtourism.com.

Contact Information

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