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West Virginia Story Starters

Civil War ReenactmentThe First Campaign: 1861 in the Mountains: June 3, 1861: The melody of morning songbirds was abruptly replaced by the thundering bombardment of cannon fire raining down on confederates encamped in the sleepy little village of Philippi, (West) Virginia. Before most had even swept sleep from their eyes, the first “land” action of the Civil War had begun. Following Fort Sumter, The First Campaign represents the first land campaign and skirmishes of the Civil War as Union and Confederate forces vied for control of Western Virginia’s B & O Railroad and the region’s vast natural resources.

West Virginia set the stage for many “firsts” of the Civil War, from the catalytic raid on Harpers Ferry by fiery abolitionist, John Brown, to the first land battle and first General killed. Come listen to the stories of divided families and the eventual creation of West Virginia; the only state born of a nation torn. Along the way, enjoy scenic train rides through West Virginia’s most scenic countryside, hit the slopes at near-by ski resorts, or be entertained Branson-style at a variety show at the American Mountain Theatre in Elkins, WV.

Civil War Reenactment“Uplifting” Family Adventures in West Virginia: What is an “uplifting” family adventure? In West Virginia, it literally means getting your feet off the ground! From dual racing zip lines and relaxing tree-top canopy tours to aerial acrobatics in an open-cockpit WWII vintage bi-plane, West Virginia certainly has uplifting experiences from which to choose. You decide your level of comfort and our professional outfitters will tailor an experience to suit your preference. Also new this year is a helicopter tour of the New River Gorge and Bridge Walk, a walking tour inside the suspension of West Virginia’s famed 867’ New River Gorge Bridge. (Relax, you’re harnessed for safety.)

101 Unique Places to Eat:
Be sure to stop by West Virginia’s table at MATPRA Marketplace to pick up your copy of the 101 Unique Places to Eat brochure. By people’s choice, this brochure compiles the most unique local eateries throughout the Mountain State.

Civil War ReenactmentGolf Elevated; West Virginia has “Top” Golf Destinations: Did you know that West Virginia has the highest average altitude of any state on the eastern seaboard? That’s right; on average, you’ll hit your driver further in West Virginia than anywhere else on the East Coast. Ok, maybe that’s a stretch, but several of West Virginia’s mountain golf courses are technically “above” the competition and below the cost of your average beachside golf getaway. Experience golf on an elevated level with serene mountain vistas, plush greens and breathtaking tees like that of hole #1 at The Greenbrier’s Old White Course; home of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup “Greenbrier Classic.”

West Virginia; It’s Closer Than You Think: The map below is based on traveling to Charleston, but some of the best destinations in West Virginia are located close to the mid-Atlantic region; just within the state’s border. From Washington, you can easily find yourself in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia within two hours.


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Justin Gaull - Tourism Marketing Specialist
304-957-9385 - email: justin.m.gaull@wv.gov