The Official Website of the State of West Virginia

Watters Smith North Central West Virginia's hidden treasure


One can only imagine the many different feet that trod the land at Watters Smith Memorial State Park in ages gone by, but the more recent historical record dates to 1796, when Watters Smith and wife Elizabeth arrived to farm the land and raise a family here.

“Watters Smith Memorial State Park was given to the state by Burr Smith upon his passing in 1947,” according to Andy Bennett, park superintendent. “Mr. Smith realized that mechanization and improvements in agriculture would shape rural life in West Virginia, essentially leading to less family farms. And from that, he felt his family history must be preserved.

Read more:​