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  1. West Virginia steel industry born on this date

    June 11, 1884: West Virginia steel industry was born on this date when the state’s first Bessemer converter began operation at the Riverside Iron Works in Wheeling. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio ...

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  2. Robert C. Byrd became the longest-serving United States Senator in history

    June 12, 2006: Robert C. Byrd became the longest-serving United States Senator in history on this date.  Senator Byrd died at the age of 92 and was honored by President Obama, former President Bill Clinton and other dignitaries at a...

    published 29 days, 19 hours ago

  3. Confederate troops begin destroying bridges prior to evacuation

    June 13, 1861: Confederate troops under Brigadier General Joseph E. Johnston began destroying the Potomac River bridges at Harpers Ferry prior to evacuation. Location: Harpers Ferry, W.Va. County: Jefferson ...

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  4. Mathematician and Nobel Laureate John C. Forbes Nash Jr born.

    June 13, 1928: Mathematician and Nobel Laureate John C. Forbes Nash Jr., the subject of the movie "Beautiful Mind", was born. Location: Bluefield, W.Va. County: Mercer ...

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  5. The Ford Management Council entertained at the Greenbrier by the Ed Sullivan Show

    June 14, 1956: On this date in 1956 the Ford Management Council, headed by Henry Ford II, was entertained at their Greenbrier meeting by the Ed Sullivan Show. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

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  6. Trains at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park began running for the general public

    June 15, 1963: The trains at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park began running on this date for the general public. Location: Cass, W.Va. County: Pocahontas ...

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  7. Margaret Agnew Blennerhassett, wife of Harman Blennerhassett, died

    June 16, 1842: Margaret Agnew Blennerhassett, wife of Harman Blennerhassett, died in New York City, June 16, 1842. She lived from 1800 to 1806 in a grand 16-room mansion she and her husband had constructed on an Ohio River island near...

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  8. The Second Wheeling condemned Virginia's secession

    June 17, 1861: The Second Wheeling Convention condemned Virginia's secession and proposed a reorganized government of Virginia. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio ...

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  9. South Charleston chartered as a city

    June 18, 1917: South Charleston was chartered as a city. Location: South Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha ...

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  10. State tree and bird adopted

    June 18, 1949: West Virginia adopted the sugar maple as the state tree and the cardinal as the state bird. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha ...

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  11. Confederate troops captured Martinsburg

    June 19, 1861: Confederate troops under General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson captured Martinsburg, a railroad hub. Location: Martinsburg, W.Va. County: Berkeley ...

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  12. Ground broken for Blennerhassett Mansion reconstruction

    June 19, 1984: Governor Jay Rockefeller broke ground for the Blennerhassett Mansion Reconstruction project. Location: Parkersburg, W.Va. County: Wood ...

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  13. West Virginia became the 35th state

    June 20, 1863: West Virginia became the 35th state, a state born out  of the Civil War and formed as a result of a Presidential Proclamation. Location: Statewide ...

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  14. Singer Kathleen Alice "Kathy" Mattea was born

    June 21, 1959: Singer Kathleen Alice "Kathy" Mattea was born.  Mattea grew up in Cross Lanes and now has seventeen albums, two Grammys and several CMA and ACM awards. Location: South Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha ...

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  15. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt receives award at The Greenbrier

    June 22, 1936: On this date in 1936 first lady Eleanor Roosevelt was at The Greenbrier to receive an award from the Chi Omega sorority. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

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  16. Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine opens to the public

    June 23, 1962: Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine opens to the public on this day. Location: Beckley, W.Va. County: Raleigh ...

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  17. FESTIVALL, a family friendly, multi-arts celebration, debuts

    June 24, 2005: FESTIVALL, a family friendly, multi-arts celebration, debuts in Charleston. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha ...

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  18. Virginia ratified the United States Constitution, becoming the tenth state

    June 25, 1788: Virginia ratified the United States Constitution, becoming the tenth state. Thirteen of the 16 delegates from present-day West Virginia voted in favor of ratification.  West Virginia became a separate state in 1863 during the...

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  19. General and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived at The Greenbrier

    June 26, 1945: On this date in 1945 General and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived at The Greenbrier for vacation after the end of the war in Europe. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

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  20. Coonskin Park was constructed in Charleston

    June 27, 1950: Coonskin Park, a county park, was constructed in Charleston by volunteers. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha ...

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  21. Senator Robert Carlyle Byrd died

    June 28, 2010: Senator Robert Carlyle Byrd, who held the record as the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress, died on this day in 2010. A statue of Senator Byrd sits inside the Capitol building in Charleston.   Location: Washington...

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  22. Harpers Ferry National Monument legislation signed

    June 29, 1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation creating the Harpers Ferry National Monument. Location: Harpers Ferry, W.Va. County: Jefferson ...

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  23. First post office in present-day West Virginia established

    June 30, 1792: The first post office in present-day West Virginia was established at Martinsburg, Berkeley County. Location: Martinsburg, W.Va. County: Berkeley ...

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  24. Babcock State Park opened

    July 1, 1937: Babcock State Park opened on this date. Babcock offers its guests 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty; a fast flowing trout stream in a boulder-strewn canyon; and mountainous vistas to be viewed from several scenic...

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  25. Cacapon Resort State Park opened

    July 1, 1937: Cacapon Resort State Park opened on this date. Cacapon offers 6,000 acres of exciting outdoor getaways any time of year. Cacapon Resort State Park provides golfing, lake activities, horseback riding and hiking . Location:...

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  26. Lost River State Park opened

    July 1, 1937: Lost River State Park opened on this date. , Lost River State Park encompasses 3,712 acres in the wooded mountains of Hardy County. Location: Mathias, W.Va. County: Hardy ...

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  27. Watoga State Park opened

    July 1, 1937: Watoga State Park opened on this date.  The park consists of 10,100 acres filled with a multitude of recreational activities including hiking, swimming, fishing and boating. Location: Watoga, W.Va. County: Pocahontas ...

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  28. Mole Hill changed its name to Mountain

    July 2, 1949: The Ritchie County community of Mole Hill changed its name to Mountain, thereby making this a day when they made a Mountain out of a Mole Hill. Location: Mountain, W.Va. County: Ritchie ...

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  29. Martinsburg occupied by Union forces

    July 3, 1861: Martinsburg is occupied by Brigadier Gen. Robert Patterson with Union troops. Location: Martinsburg, W.Va. County: Berkeley ...

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  30. Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park dedicated

    July 4, 1928: Droop Mountain, West Virginia's first State Park was dedicated on this date.  Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is located in the Greenbrier River Valley and is the site of West Virginia's last significant Civil War battle...

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  31. First observance of Father's Day

    July 5, 1908: First observance of Father's Day held on July 5 at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South. Location: Fairmont, W.Va. County: Marion ...

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  32. Chief justice of the United States John Marshall died

    July 6, 1835: John Marshall, the chief justice of the United States, died.  Marshall University is named after the Chief Justice, who also helped shape the nation.  Marshall died in Philadelphia, while seeking medical care.  Legend has it...

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  33. Union troops forced Confederate troops from Harpers Ferry

    July 7, 1864: After three days of fighting, Union troops forced Confederate troops from Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County. Location: Harpers Ferry, W.Va. County: Jefferson ...

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  34. Rock ’n’ roll pioneer Johnnie Johnson born in Fairmont

    July 8, 1924: Rock ’n’ roll pioneer Johnnie Johnson was born in Fairmont.  Chuck Berry’s hit ‘‘Johnny B. Goode’’ was written as a tribute to Johnson. Location: Fairmont, W.Va. County: Marion ...

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  35. General Robert E. Lee re-enforced Confederate troops at Falling Waters

    July 9, 1863: General Robert E. Lee re-enforced Confederate troops at Falling Waters, who had been under attack since July 6, during their retreat from the Battle of Gettysburg. Location: Falling Waters, W.Va. County: Berkeley ...

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  36. Senate changed the West Virginia Constitution to allow for gradual emancipation of slavery

    July 10, 1862: The Senate changed the the slavery provision of the West Virginia Constitution to allow for the gradual emancipation of slavery in the West Virginia Statehood bill. Read more about West Virginia's history in the U.S. Civil...

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  37. Sam Snead won the first professional match of his career

    July 11, 1936: On this date in 1936 Sam Snead won the first professional match of his career by shooting a record 61 on The Greenbrier Course. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

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  38. The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences opens

    July 12, 2003: The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences opened to the public on this date.  The Clay Center is one of the few facilities in the country that combines a modern performing arts center with a visual arts museum and an...

  39. The Methodist Conference chose Buckhannon as the site of its Conference Seminary

    July 13, 1887: The Methodist Conference chose Buckhannon, Upshur County, as the site of its Conference Seminary. This later became West Virginia Wesleyan College. Location: Buckhannon, W.Va. County: Upshur ...

  40. The United States senate approved statehood for West Virginia

    July 14, 1862: The United States senate approved statehood for West Virginia by a vote of 23-17. Learn more about the history of West Virginia in the U.S. Civil War by visiting civilwarwv.com. Location: Washington, D.C. ...

  41. Civil War skirmishes in Halltown and Shepherdstown take place

    July 15, 1863: Union and Confederate forces fought skirmishes at Halltown, Jefferson County. That same day, Union forces defeated Confederate forces in a skirmish at Shepherdstown, Jefferson County. Read more about West Virginia's history...

  42. Martinsburg corporate limits extended

    July 16, 1868: The West Virginia Legislature extended the corporate limits of Martinsburg. Location: Martinsburg, W.Va. County: Berkeley ...

  43. Country singer Red Sovine born

    July 17, 1918: Country singer Red Sovine was born in Charleston. Sovine is famous for hits, such as “Phantom 309” and “Teddy Bear”.  He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2008.   Location: Charleston, W.Va. County:...

  44. J.C. Penny opens at the new Charleston Town Center

    July 18, 1983: J. C. Penney became the first store to open in the new Charleston Town Center shopping mall. Other anchor stores opened in the following weeks with the entire mall opening in November. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County:...

  45. Union armored steamers play major role in the Battle of Buffington Island

    July 19, 1863: Union armored steamers of the United States Navy played a major role during Battle of Buffington Island. Location: Ravenswood, W.Va. County: Jackson ...

  46. Speaker of the House Henry Clay vacations at The Greenbrier

    July 20, 1817: On this date in 1817 Henry Clay of Kentucky, then the Speaker of the House, began a three day vacation at The Greenbrier. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  47. Actor Don Knotts born

    July 21, 1924: Actor Don Knotts was born.  Knotts was best remembered as deputy Barney Fife on the “Andy Griffith Show”.  Knotts also starred in a number of feature films, as well as his portrayal of the landlord on the television show ...

  48. Dunglen Hotel in Thurmond destroyed by fire

    July 22, 1930: The infamous Dunglen Hotel in Thurmond, was destroyed by fire.  Stories tell of a poker game at this hotel that lasted 14 years.  Thurmond is a historic mining town, near West Virginia’s whitewater rafting, and sits...

  49. Financier and industrialist Isaac Thomas Mann born

    July 23, 1863: Financier and industrialist Isaac Thomas Mann was born on this day. Mann helped create the Bank of Bramwell, which was a financial pillar of the southern coalfields.  He also lived in a mansion in Bramwell.  You can tour many...

  50. General Robert E. Lee vacations at The Greenbrier

    July 24, 1867: On this date in 1867 General Robert E. Lee and his family arrived at The Greenbrier for a two-week stay in a Baltimore Row cottage. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  51. Underground bunker discussions at The Greenbrier begin

    July 25, 1956: On this date in 1956 government officials arrived at The Greenbrier for the first discussions about building an underground bunker at the resort. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  52. Camp Washington-Carver opened to the public

    July 26, 1942: Camp Washington-Carver opened to the public. Camp Washington-Carver has the distinction of having been the first 4-H camp for African-Americans in the country.   It is named after Booker T. Washington and George Washington...

  53. American Mountain Theater is certified and holds first public performance

    July 27, 2007: American Mountain Theater received its certificate of occupancy on July 27, 2007 and, later that evening, held its first public performance.  The American Mountain Theater is the state's first and only "Branson Style" family...

  54. C&O Railway began regularly scheduled service to The Greenbrier

    July 28, 1869: On this date in 1869 the C&O Railway began regularly scheduled service to The Greenbrier and for 100 years most visitors arrived by train. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  55. Sculptor Fred Martin Torrey, born in Fairmont

    July 29, 1884: Sculptor Fred Martin Torrey, born in Fairmont. Torrey’s 1933 statue, ‘‘Lincoln Walks at Midnight,’’ was displayed as a 29-inch bronze at the 1939 World’s Fair. A nine-and-a-half foot bronze casting currently stands near the...

  56. Union and Confederate troops clash near Moorefield

    July 30, 1864: Confederate troops under Generals Bradley T. Johnson and John McCausland burned Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and in retaliation Union troops attacked Johnson and McCausland near Moorefield, Hardy County. Learn more about West...

  57. Actor Theodore Crawford ‘‘Ted’’ Cassidy born

    July 31, 1932: Actor Theodore Crawford ‘‘Ted’’ Cassidy was born in Pittsburgh.  He was known best for his role as Lurch in The Addams Family. Cassidy was raised in Philippi and attended West Virginia Wesleyan College before pursuing a...

  58. Shoot-out on the steps of McDowell County Courthouse

    August 1, 1921: Baldwin-Felts detectives shot Matewan Police Chief Sid Hatfield and his friend Ed Chambers to death on the steps of the McDowell County Courthouse.  This was said to be in retaliation for Hatfield’s participation in the...

  59. The Greenbrier opened its outdoor swimming pool

    August 2, 1956: The Greenbrier opened the outdoor swimming pool, designed by Richard K. Webel.  The pool overlooks the picturesque golf courses of The Greenbrier Resort. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  60. West Virginia Day at the New York World’s Fair held

    August 3, 1940: West Virginia Day at the New York World’s Fair was held on this day. Location: New York City ...

  61. Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis in Moundsville

    August 4, 1927: Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis in Moundsville and gave an address in Wheeling. Location: Moundsville, Wheeling, W.Va. County: Marshall, Ohio ...

  62. Paul Harvey broadcast his radio program from The Greenbrier

    August 5, 1965: On this date in 1965 newsman Paul Harvey broadcast his radio program from Top Notch cottage at The Greenbrier. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  63. Confederate troops camped on Cheat Mountain

    August 6, 1861: Confederate troops under General Robert E. Lee camped on Cheat Mountain in Randolph County in preparation for his failed Cheat Mountain Campaign over the following month and a half. Learn more about the history of West...

  64. Charleston voted as permanent capitol city

    August 7, 1877: In a public referendum, West Virginia citizens voted to make Charleston the permanent capitol, beating out Clarksburg and Martinsburg.  The Capitol was previously located in Wheeling. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County:...

  65. Businessman Alex Schoenbaum born

    August 8, 1915: Businessman Alex Schoenbaum was born in Richmond. Schoenbaum founded Shoney’s and made it into one of the nation’s largest family restaurant chains.  The company originated with a drive-in restaurant called "Parkette" in...

  66. Construction of the Crossroads Mall in Beckley begins

    August 9, 1973: Ground was broken in Beckley for the Crossroads Mall.   Location: Beckley, W.Va. County: Raleigh ...

  67. Union troops destroyed Mercer Salt Works

    August 10, 1862: On this day, Union troops, under Colonel Rutherford B. Hayes, destroyed the Mercer Salt Works in present-day Summers County. Learn more about the history of West Virginia in the Civil War at www.civilwarwv.com. Location:...

  68. Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge established

    August 11, 1994: The Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established on this day.  The refuge is located north of Canaan Valley State Park. More than 580 plant species and at least 290 species of vertebrates are known to exist in the...

  69. Construction began on Davis and Elkins College in Elkins

    August 12, 1903: Construction began on the first building for Davis and Elkins College in Elkins.  Davis and Elkins is also home to the Augusta Heritage Center. Location: Elkins, W.Va. County: Randolph ...

  70. Railroad mogul and founder Huntington, Collis P. Huntington, died

    August 13, 1900: Railroad mogul and founder of the city of Huntington, Collis P. Huntington, died.  In 1871, he established a new city downstream from the mouth of the Guyandotte River, which bore his name.   Location: Huntington, W.Va....

  71. Astronaut Jon Andrew McBride born

    August 14, 1943: Astronaut Jon Andrew McBride was born in Charleston and grew up in Beckley.  McBride became an astronaut in 1979, piloted the space shuttle Challenger on an eight-day mission in 1984. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County:...

  72. Niagara Movement began a five-day meeting in Harpers Ferry

    August 15, 1906: The Niagara Movement began a five-day meeting on the Storer College campus at Harpers Ferry, during which attendees paid tribute to John Brown and speakers spoke in support of African-American civil rights. Location:...

  73. First South Charleston Summerfest held

    August 16, 2000: The first South Charleston Summerfest was held on this day. Location: South Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha ...

  74. National Mine Health and Safety Academy opens

    August 17, 1976: The National Mine Health and Safety Academy opened on this day.  The academy is the world’s largest educational institution devoted solely to safety and health in mining. Location: Beaver, W.Va. County: Raleigh ...

  75. President Martin Van Buren vacations at The Greenbrier

    August 18, 1838: On this date in 1838 President Martin Van Buren was vacationing in what is now the Presidents Cottage Museum at The Greenbrier. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  76. President John Tyler honeymoons at The Greenbrier

    August 19, 1844: President John Tyler and his new wife Julia Gardiner of New York were honeymooning at The Greenbrier. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  77. Reorganized Government of Virginia passes ordinance on public debt

    August 20, 1861: The Reorganized Government of Virginia passed an ordinance which provided that the proposed state of Kanawha would assume a just proportion of the public debt of Virginia. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio ...

  78. The Second Wheeling Convention adopted separation ordinance

    August 21, 1861: The Second Wheeling Convention adopted a separation ordinance, forming a new state government and ended its session. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio ...

  79. West Virginia Constitution ratified

    August 22, 1872: The new West Virginia Constitution was ratified by a vote of 42,344 to 37,777. Location: Statewide ...

  80. Construction approved for the bunker at The Greenbrier

    August 23, 1958: On this date in 1958 the Board of the C&O Railway (now CSX) approved construction of the Government Relocation Facility (bunker) at The Greenbrier. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  81. U.S. Senator, and former Governor, Joseph Manchin III born

    August 24, 1947: U.S. Senator, and former Governor, Joseph Manchin III was  born in Fairmont. Location: Fairmont, W.Va. County: Marion ...

  82. Vice President Richard Nixon and his family vacation at The Greenbrier

    August 25, 1958: On this date in 1958 Vice-President Richard Nixon and his family were vacationing in Top Notch cottage at The Greenbrier. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  83. The Battle of White Sulphur Springs began

    August 26, 1863: The Battle of White Sulphur Springs began. Confederate forces under Col. George S. Patton, grandfather of the famous World War II general, forced Union troops to withdraw. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County:...

  84. 26th Battalion of U.S. Gaurds guarded explosives plant at Nitro

    August 27, 1918: Two companies of the 26th Battalion of U. S. Guards were assigned to guard the property of the explosives plant at Nitro, Putnam County.  Nitro was a World War I boomtown and is now home to the Mardi Gras Casino Resort. ...

  85. Robert E. Lee called Southern leaders to his cottage at The Greenbrier

    August 28, 1868: On this date, Robert E. Lee called  Southern leaders to his Baltimore Row cottage at The Greenbrier to discuss the upcoming presidential election. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  86. Construction began on the West Virginia Turnpike

    August 29, 1952: Construction began on the West Virginia Turnpike, which eventually ran from Charleston in Kanawha County, through Fayette County, to Beckley in Raleigh County, then to Princeton in Mercer County.  While traveling the...

  87. Wood County Courthouse placed on the National Register of Historic Places

    August 29, 1979: The Wood County Courthouse, constructed in 1899 of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Location: Parkersburg, W.Va. County: Wood ...

  88. Robert Kennedy speaks to the West Virginia Bar Association at The Greenbrier

    August 30, 1958: On this date in 1958 Robert F. Kennedy was at The Greenbrier speaking to the West Virginia Bar Association. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier ...

  89. First West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival

    August 31, 1979: The first West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival began in Clarksburg. Location: Clarksburg, W.Va. County: Harrison ...

  90. William Hope ‘‘Coin’’ Harvey born.

    August 16, 1851: William Hope ‘‘Coin’’ Harvey was born in Buffalo. He was one of the most remarkable personalities to come from West Virginia. He was a school teacher, lawyer, builder, silver miner, politician, land speculator, geologist,...

  91. Constellium awarded multiyear agreement with Boeing

    Constellium announced that it has been awarded a multiyear agreement with aerospace manufacturer Boeing to support the company’s leading commercial airplane programs. The agreement allows Constellium to increase both the scope and range of products...

  92. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hardy County

    Register for June 26 session on business fundamentals MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, in Hardy County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

  93. Pre-West Virginia Day weekend events plentiful at State Parks June 12-15

    West Virginia state parks visitors can enjoy wildflower and nature hikes as part of many activities scheduled during the spring and summer. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     SOUTH CHARLESTON, West...

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  94. Celebrate West Virginia Day Weekend June 20-22, 2014 at West Virginia State Parks

    A Civil War encampment and battle reenactment will be part of the West Virginia Day celebration on Blennerhassett Island State Park June 20. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Day,...

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  95. Permit applications available for special deer hunt at National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia

    Hunters must have their applications for the special deer hunt at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory submitted by Aug. 1, 2014. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     GREEN BANK, West Virginia – The...

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  96. Artillery, baseball and a barn dance are some of the activities at Blennerhassett Island West Virginia Day Weekend, June 20-22

    Civil War encampments and battles will be part of West Virginia Day weekend activities on Blennerhassett Island State Park June 20-22, 2014. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     PARKERSBURG, West Virginia...

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  97. “At-A-Park” for things to do in West Virginia’s state parks this summer

    West Virginia state parks offer a wide variety of summer programs and activities led by seasonal interpreters. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Sunshine fuels summer...

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  98. Howling and prowling at Blackwater Falls State Park West Virginia Day Weekend June 20-21, 2014

    Coyotes have migrated into all areas of West Virginia. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     DAVIS, West Virginia – Bears, snakes and coyotes: what should you know about them? West Virginia Day weekend at...

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  99. Welcome Centers to celebrate West Virginia Day around the state

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia celebrates its 151st birthday on June 20, 2014, and all eight of the state’s welcome centers will join in the celebration. All travelers in the Mountain State and local communities are encouraged to...

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  100. Pickin’ and Story Tellin’ at Pipestem State Park for West Virginia’s Birthday June 19-21

    Pipestem Resort State Park’s amphitheater will host special West Virginia Day weekend events. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings of West...

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  101. Twin Falls State Park seeks sponsorships for “Cool! Pool Days” to encourage outdoor recreation for kids and families

    Twin Falls State Park is looking for sponsors for Cool! Pool Days this summer. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     MULLENS, West Virginia –     Businesses, organizations or individuals can...

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  102. Blennerhassett Island’s Rendezvous on the River June 25-28, 2014

    Re-enactors will show what pioneer life of the early 1800s was like in West Virginia during Rendezvous on the River on Blennerhassett Island June 25-28. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     PARKERSBURG,...

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  103. Blennerhassett Island Frolic and Picnic Meal - A different “out-to-eat” experience June 28, 2014

    The Island Belle sternwheeler will carry guests to Blennerhassett Island June 28 for the first of three “Island Frolic and Picnic Meal” events planned for this summer. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     ...

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  104. West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers Preparing for Operation Dry Water June 27-29, 2014

    West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers will be checking for boaters who are abusing alcohol and drugs as part of Operation Dry Water June 27-29. 2014. Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce. Concentrated effort to curb...

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  105. Got Talent? – Family Fun at Beech Fork State Park June 28

    Beech Fork State Park will host a talent show June 28. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Beech Fork State Park is giving performers a chance to show off their talents...

    published 18 days, 19 hours ago

  106. W.Va. Secretary reports success from Japanese investment mission

    The state’s investment mission to Japan was a success, reports Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette.  Key objectives of the mission included maintaining relationships with companies already investing in the state and establishing connections with...

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  107. Federal SBA honors West Virginia 2014 Small Business Award winners

    The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named several West Virginia business owners as 2014 outstanding entrepreneurs and champions. The SBA West Virginia District Office honored the state winners May 29 during a ceremony in Morgantown. The...

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  108. WVSBDC business coaches earn professional certifications

    WVSBDC recognized business coaches who had received certifications in specialized capabilities. Josh Jarrell, Deputy Secretary and General Counsel at West Virginia Department of Commerce, presented awards: Export and Trade Counseling from Trade...

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  109. Asphalt engineering breaks ground for lab in Jefferson County

    Advanced Asphalt Technologies (AAT), an engineering company that specializes in serving the asphalt paving industry, recently held a groundbreaking ceremony in Burr Business Park in Kearneysville. Construction on the 5,500-square-foot building is...

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  110. West Virginia launches nation’s first incubator dedicated to chemistry

    ChemCeption — the nation’s first incubator focused solely on commercializing chemistry-based technology — is now officially open in West Virginia. The new incubator operates from the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston. ...

    published 17 days, 6 hours ago

  111. Permit requests move plans for Wood County cracker plant forward

    The company studying the feasibility of building an ethane cracker facility in Wood County has applied for two permits. The Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise LLC (ASCENT) has submitted two environmental permitting documents to the West Virginia...

    published 17 days, 10 hours ago

  112. Stonewall State Park Foundation to host children’s nature camp July 14-17

                 ROANOKE, West Virginia – Stonewall State Park Foundation will host a four-day, hands-on Nature Odyssey camp July 14-17, open to all children going into grades 2-7. The foundation conducts a...

    published 17 days, 19 hours ago

  113. Campground electricity restored at Tomlinson Run State Park

                 NEW MANCHESTER, West Virginia – Tomlinson Run State Park campground has electricity again. The power outage that occurred in mid-April has been resolved. Equipment and power lines repairs...

    published 17 days, 19 hours ago

  114. Trains, night golf, and bluegrass at West Virginia’s state parks June 27-29, 2014

    Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will run a Double Header to Bald Knob June 27 and an Old Spruce Run June 29. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia –The last weekend of June...

    published 16 days, 19 hours ago

  115. Cabwaylingo State Forest “linger longer” rental rate encourages time outdoors with family and friends

    Cabin at Cabwaylingo State Forest. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     DUNLOW, West Virginia – Four county names blended creates a tongue twister for one of West Virginia’s often overlooked vacation...

    published 16 days, 19 hours ago

  116. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for July 8 session on Business Fundamentals WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 8, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development...

    published 15 days, 6 hours ago

  117. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Grant County

    Register for July 17 session on business fundamentals PETERSBURG, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 17, in Grant County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 15 days, 19 hours ago

  118. Outdoor Adventure Weekends at North Bend State Park feature mountain biking and kayaking

                 CAIRO, West Virginia – North Bend State Park helps people get interested in outdoor recreation by offering hikes, swimming and games on a daily basis. However, physical activity options are...

    published 15 days, 19 hours ago

  119. Governor Tomblin, Department of Commerce, celebrate West Virginia's top exporters

    Governor recognizes 100 top WV exporters, sales to 72 different countries CHARLESTON, W.Va. (June 24, 2014)- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today joined Cabinet Secretary Keith Burdette, the West Virginia Development Office and the West Virginia Export...

    published 15 days, 2 hours ago

  120. Tourism Adventure Media Advisory July 7-20

    Pioneer Days: July 9-13, Marlinton Music, games, and demonstrations highlight the event that many come “back home” to celebrate. Attractions and activities will include: craft and quilt show, food vendors, carnival, flea market, horseshoe...

    published 14 days, 5 hours ago

  121. DNR Investigates Black Bear Encounter in Monongalia County

                 MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) is investigating an encounter between a black bear and a woman in the Mayfield Road area of Morgantown,...

    published 14 days, 19 hours ago

  122. Summersville Lake tailwater trout stocking

               SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the West Virginia Professional Outfitters Association (WVPRO), stocked 750 pounds of rainbow trout...

    published 11 days, 19 hours ago

  123. Let’s Root for the Trees at Blennerhassett Island State Park July 5, 2014

                 PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – A visit to Blennerhassett Island is steeped in history. The island is also a wildlife habitat. Join the “Nature Nuts” and learn more about the natural habitat and...

    published 11 days, 19 hours ago

  124. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for July 18 session on Business Fundamentals SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, July 18, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 11 days, 19 hours ago

  125. Governor honors Main Street Morgantown director for 25 years of service

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Terri R. Cutright received recognition for 25 years of service as the executive director of Main Street Morgantown. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin presented the Distinguished Mountaineer certificate during the 2014 Main Street and ON...

    published 11 days, 1 hour ago

  126. Hike to explore life along the Bluestone River July 5, 2014

                 PIPESTEM, West Virginia – National Park rangers and Pipestem Resort State Park Naturalist Julie McQuade invite hikers to explore life along the Bluestone River this holiday weekend. The...

    published 10 days, 19 hours ago

  127. Independence Day holiday weekend at Stonewall Resort features fireworks, music and family fun

                 ROANOKE, West Virginia – Nothing says summer fun like the Fourth of July holiday. Stonewall Resort in Lewis County will offer activities the whole family will enjoy Independence Day weekend,...

    published 10 days, 19 hours ago

  128. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for July 24 session on business fundamentals HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 8 days, 8 hours ago

  129. Blackwater Falls State Park features family activities, crafts and champion liar Bil Lepp to celebrate Independence Day Weekend

               DAVIS, West Virginia – Special Independence Day weekend events and activities are planned at Blackwater Falls State Park July 3-6, including a Thursday evening performance by Bil Lepp, West...

    published 9 days, 19 hours ago

  130. Applications available for 2014 antlerless deer season limited permit areas

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Applications for the 2014 Antlerless Deer Season are available at West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) district offices and the DNR Elkins and South Charleston offices. These...

    published 8 days, 19 hours ago

  131. Moth Night on Blennerhassett Island, Sunday July 27

                PARKERSBURG, West Virginia –The Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the West Virginia Master Naturalist program, in conjunction with Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, is...

    published 4 days, 6 hours ago

  132. Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Course at Cacapon Resort a Great Golf Drive

                BERKELEY SPRINGS, West Virginia – Golfers at all levels enjoy the many great golf courses available in West Virginia state parks, but the Robert Trent Jones course at Cacapon Resort State Park near...

    published 3 days, 10 hours ago

  133. Tourism Adventure Media Advisory July 21 – Aug. 3

    Jackson County Junior Fair: July 21-26, Cottageville Located at the Fairgrounds near Cottageville, the Jackson County Junior Fair is one of West Virginia's largest and well attended county fairs. Make your plans today and enjoy...

    published 2 days, 8 hours ago

  134. 2014-2015 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary Available

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The 2014-2015 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary brochure is available at West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, Division of Natural Resources district offices, and the DNR Elkins...

    published 1 day, 9 hours ago

  135. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for July 31 session on Business Fundamentals CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 31, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 1 day, 19 hours ago

  136. 31st Annual Bear Hole Road Race, Cool! Pool Day at Twin Falls Resort State Park July 12

    MULLENS, West Virginia -- The annual Bear Hole Road Race at Twin Falls State Park in Wyoming County is set for July 12.  There will be 10K and 5K runs, as well as a 5K walk. Plaques will be awarded to the first, second and third place male ...

    published 1 day, 3 hours ago

  137. “Tea on Tuesday” at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park July 15 and August 12, 2014

    PARKERSBURG, West Virginia -- “Tea on Tuesday” is a special new experience planned on Blennerhassett Island this summer. Teas are scheduled for July 15 and August 12 at the historic Putnam-Houser house. “We are sure that the Putnam family...

    published 9 hours, 56 minutes ago

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