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.

 Rare Civil War Artifacts at Blennerhassett Museum Through Feb. 28

2/17/2010 PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Civil War history comes alive at Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History through a special traveling exhibit from the Teacher’s Discovery program of Auburn, Michigan. Civil War artifacts from private collectors and from the Blennerhassett Museum’s collection will also be featured throughout this exhibit. The exhibit, open through Feb. 28, is part the state park’s winter events schedule. 

A special lecture is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21. “Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley during the Civil War” will be presented by Scott A. Britton, a teacher, local historian and Civil War re-enactor from Marietta, Ohio. The public is encouraged to brave the elements for this wonderful afternoon of history.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 – 5 p.m. The Civil War Exhibit is only on display through Feb.28, 2010.  The admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12, except for the Feb. 21 event, which is open to the public at no charge. There are special rates for school groups.

For more information call the Blennerhassett Museum Regional of History and events at Blennerhassett Island in 2010, call 304-420-4800 or visit online at www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com

About Scott A. Britton

As part of the Civil War exhibit, speaker, Scott Britton will present a lecture titled “Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley During the Civil War.”  Mr. Britton has studied local Civil War history for nearly 20 years, mainly researching the stories and incidents of locally raised units and the soldiers, sailors and marines (both Union & Confederate) who served in it.  He is the Past Commander of the General Benjamin D. Fearing Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in Marietta and has served as the Buffington Island Battlefield Representative for the Ohio Department Sons of the Union Veterans.  He has given numerous presentations and speeches on the Civil War in Wood and Washington Counties for over 10 years and has taught Independent Learning & Retirement classes on the Civil War at Marietta College.  Scott is also the current Vice President of the Marietta Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Past President of the Washington County Historical Society, and involved in many other re-enactment activities.

Contact Information

Pam Salisbury
304-420-4800
parks@wvgnr.gov