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Day-trip destination: Eerie, fascinating Philippi, West Virginia, is worth the drive


PHILIPPI, W.Va. β€” The country roads of West Virginia often reveal hidden delights for inquisitive travelers who are fascinated by quirky and sometimes touching bits of local history and lore.

My family and I found such a delight last month while making a detour for a rest stop in Barbour County, about 40 miles south of Morgantown.

The stop revealed stories about the first land battle of the Civil War, a poignant and macabre example of 19th-century psychiatric treatment and medical experimentation and, last but not least, a local tie to The Addams Family β€” yes, that Addams Family.

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