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.

  History, Arts and Culture

Below you will find a list of recent press releases that relate to History, Arts and Culture. Click Read More to view the full text of the press release.

New River Gorge Bridge Now Listed on National Register of Historic Places


September 03, 2013 - A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin...


State Farm Museum Hosting Antique Gas Engine Show May 4-5


May 02, 2013 - The West Virginia State Farm Museum will host an Antique Gas Engine Show Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m....


West Virginia State Parks Present: The Roots of Un-Civil War


April 24, 2013 - The 250th Anniversary of Cornstalk’s Campaign...


Stevens performs Civil War Campfire Program at Pipestem State Park


September 06, 2012 - Five Saturdays in September and October 2012...


Little-known military history of Piedmont native comes to life in ‘The Wereth Eleven’


August 21, 2012 - The Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee, Inc. will present the Emmy nominated news documentary, “The Wereth Eleven” on Friday, Aug. 25, 2012 at 2 p.m....


1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry re-enactment set for Sept. 13-16


August 09, 2012 - The Harpers Ferry Historical Association and the West Virginia Humanities Council will present a series of panel discussions, lectures and hands-on activities to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry...


History Series is “A Journey Through Time” at Blennerhassett Island State Park five Sundays in February and March


January 18, 2012 - “A Journey Through Time” theme binds five Sunday afternoon history programs in February and March, creating the 2012 Winter Lecture Series at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park...


An Evening with Porte Crayon – A History Alive Progam at Blackwater Falls State Park January 21


January 06, 2012 - Some of the earliest images depicting West Virginia’s scenic areas, the people and their lifestyles were created by artist and illustrator David Hunter Strother...


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


January 06, 2012 - The Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation is bringing NAI Certified Interpretive Trainer Richard N. Pawling to West Virginia on Saturday, March 31...


"The Legacy of Mary Ingles" Living History Event at Beech Fork State Park Sept. 24-26


August 25, 2010 - Now in its 22nd year, The Mary Ingles Trail Associates (MITA) will present its 18th century living history weekend, “The Legacy of Mary Ingles,” at Beech Fork State Park on Sept. 24-26...


History Presents Itself at a Blackwater Falls State Park Kultural Kinnikinnick – Aug. 13 and 14


August 04, 2010 - Pre-war mountain culture and life skills in the 18th and 19th centuries in Appalachia mix to form a Kultural Kinnikinnick weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park Aug. 13 and 14....


Photography Workshop at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Sept. 10-12


July 30, 2010 - Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will host a photography workshop featuring national award winning photographer Clayton Spangler from Friday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 12....


Governor Orders U.S. and State Flags Lowered in Recognition of National Peace Officers Memorial Day


May 14, 2010 - CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin today issued a proclamation, in accordance with a presidential proclamation, ordering all U.S. and state flags displayed at state facilities lowered to half-staff the entire day of Saturday, May 15 ...


Governor to Host 50th Anniversary Ceremony in Honor of JFK's 1960 Mountain State Primary Victory


May 03, 2010 - Gov. Joe Manchin will host a commemoration and panel discussion titled: West Virginia 1960 Primary Election: The Primary that Made a President, which will recognize the 50th anniversary of President John F...