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  1. U.S. Army purchased The Greenbrier

    September 1, 1942: The U.S. Army purchased The Greenbrier, converted it into a two thousand-bed hospital and renamed it Ashford General Hospital. For four years, the resort served as a surgical and rehabilitation center and 24,148 soldiers...

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  2. West Virginia Agricultural College opened

    September 2, 1867: West Virginia Agricultural College opened in Morgantown, Monongalia County, with the Rev. Alexander Martin as principal. The following year, its name was changed to West Virginia University. Location: Morgantown, W.Va....

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  3. President Visited

    September 3, 1966: President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson spoke at the dedication of the Summersville Reservoir. The Summersville Dam is the second-highest dam east of the Mississippi River. Location: Summersville, W.Va. County:...

  4. George Washington visited

    September 4, 1784: George Washington visited the Berkeley Springs at Berkeley Springs, Morgan County. During the visit, he witnessed the steamboat invented by James Rumsey. Location: Berkeley Springs, W.Va. County: Morgan County ...

  5. West Virginia Colored Institute established

    September 5, 1893: State Board of Education Superintendent Benjamin Morgan signed a contract establishing a normal school at West Virginia Colored Institute, which later became West Virginia State University, at Institute, Kanawha County. ...

  6. WVU's Mountaineer Stadium opened

    September 6, 1980: West Virginia University's Mountaineer Stadium opened with the Mountaineers beating Cincinnati 41-27. Location: Morgantown, W.Va. County: Monongalia County ...

  7. "Yard and Garden Inspection Tours" are held

    September 7, 1939: The New River Company holds "Yard and Garden Inspection Tours" of their company towns, and awards those with the most beautiful yards. Location: Fayetteville, W.Va. County: Fayette County ...

  8. Daniel Boone's last survey

    September 8, 1798: Daniel Boone made his last personal survey of the Kanawha Valley. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

  9. First Guyandot Valley Railroad train arrived

    September 9, 1904: The first train on the Guyandot Valley Railroad arrived at the Logan County Court House. Location: Logan, W.Va. County: Logan County ...

  10. The last battle of the Revolutionary War was fought

    September 10, 1782: The last battle of the Revolutionary War was fought at Fort Henry, the current location of Wheeling. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

  11. WVU Mountaineers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners

    September 11, 1982: WVU Mountaineers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners for the first time by the score of 41 to 27. Location: Norman, OK ...

  12. General Robert E. Lee led troops

    September 12, 1861: Battle of Cheat Mountain took place, which was fought by troops commanded by General Robert E. Lee (CS) and General Joseph Reynolds (US). County: Pocahontas County ...

  13. Confederates defeated Union forces

    September 13, 1862: Confederate forces under General W. W. Loring defeated Union forces under General Joseph A. J. Lightburn at Charleston. Before evacuating the city, the Union troops burned various sites where supplies were stored,...

  14. Confederate troops arrived at Harpers Ferry

    September 14, 1862: Confederate troops under Major General "Stonewall" Jackson arrived at Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, in preparation for the siege, prior to the Battle of Antietam. Location: Hapers Ferry, W.Va. County: Jefferson...

  15. "Rocket Boys" was published

    September 15, 1998: "Rocket Boys," a novel by West Virginia native Homer Hickam, was published on this day. This book was the inspiration for the movie "October Sky." Location: Coalwood, W.Va. County: McDowell County ...

  16. Milton, Cabell County, was chartered

    September 16, 1876: Milton, Cabell County, was chartered on September 16, 1876. Milton is the current home of Blenko Glass and the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival. Location: Milton, W.Va. County: Cabell County ...

  17. Kanawha River exploration

    September 17, 1671: Thomas Batts, Thomas Wood, and Robert Fallam explored along the Kanawha River. ...

  18. Hawks Nest Golf Club opened

    September 18, 1937: The Hawks Nest Golf Club opened on the old "Gauley Mount" property, Fayette County. Location: Ansted, W.Va. County: Fayette County ...

  19. Hawks Nest Tunnel shafts met

    September 19, 1931: Shafts three and four of the Hawks Nest Tunnel met, ten weeks ahead of schedule, Fayette County. At least 476 workers, most migrant African-Americans, died from silicosis, caused from inhalation of silica rock particles...

  20. Confederate troops routed Union troops

    September 20, 1862: Confederate troops under General A. P. Hill routed Union troops in a skirmish at Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, following the Battle of Antietam. Location: Shepherdstown, W.Va. County: Jefferson County ...

  21. Davis and Elkins College opened

    September 21, 1904: Presbyterian affiliated Davis and Elkins College opened in Elkins, Randolph County, with J. E. Jodgson as president. Location: Elkins, W.Va. County: Randolph County ...

  22. World Rafting Championships held on the Gauley River

    September 22, 2001: TheThe Ninth Annual World Rafting Championships were held on the Gauley River in September of 2001, with five-hundred of the world's best whitewater rafters competing in the biggest and most exciting whitewater rafting...

  23. The Mingo Oak was cut down

    September 23, 1938: The Mingo Oak, the largest white oak in the United States, was cut down in Mingo County. It was 582 years old, 146 feet high, 30 feet in circumference, and 9 feet 9 1/2 inches in diameter. County: Mingo County ...

  24. President and Vice President visited Wheeling

    September 24, 1952: President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard M. Nixon visited Wheeling. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

  25. Snowshoe and Silver Creek ski resorts announced merge

    September 25, 1992: Snowshoe and Silver Creek ski resorts, both in Pocahontas County, announced an agreement to merge operations under Snowshoe's management. Location: Snowshoe, W.Va. County: Pocahontas County ...

  26. Great Seal of West Virginia was adopted

    September 26, 1863: The Great Seal of West Virginia was adopted by the Legislature on September 26, 1863. The seal bears the legend, State of West Virginia, together with the motto, "Montani Semper Liberi" (Mountaineers Are Always Free). A...

  27. National Cemetery was dedicated in Grafton

    September 27, 1987: The National Cemetery in Grafton, WV was dedicated on this day, and was opened for interments the following day. Location: Grafton, W.Va. County: Taylor County ...

  28. Road Kill Festival began

    September 28, 1991: Road Kill Festival first began when organizers thought it might boost attendance at the Harvest Festival. Location: Marlinton, W.Va. County: Pocahontas County ...

  29. The Kanawha River flooded

    September 29, 1861: The Kanawha River rose 16.9 feet above flood stage, resulting in the highest recorded flood in the history of Charleston. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

  30. West Virginia Constitution went into effect

    September 30, 1872: The new West Virginia Constitution went into effect on this day. ...

  31. Kanawha County established

    October 1, 1789: Kanawha County was established from portions of Greenbrier County and Montgomery County. County: Kanawha County ...

  32. First rural free mail in the U.S. installed at Charles Town

    October 1, 1896: The first rural free mail delivery in the United States was installed at Charles Town, Jefferson County. At the time, William L. Wilson of Charles Town was serving as United States Postmaster-Government. Location: Charles...

  33. Town of Collinsville name changed back to Glen Jean

    October 2, 1897: The town of Collinsville changed its name back to Glen Jean, Fayette County.  Glen Jean is the future home of the Bechtel Summit National Family Scouting Reserve, which will be the permanent site of the National Boy...

  34. Raleigh and Southwestern Railway Co. incorporated in W.Va.

    October 2, 1903: The The Raleigh and Southwestern Railway Company was incorporated in West Virginia. This would become part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company. County: Raleigh County ...

  35. Col. Charles Lewis and troops defeat Native American warriors in skirmish

    October 3, 1763: About 150 troops under Colonel Charles Lewis defeated Native American warriors in a skirmish during Pontiac's War on the headwaters of the South Fork near Fort Seybert, present-day Pendleton County. County: Pendleton...

  36. President Gerald Ford attended Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins

    October 4, 1975: President Gerald R. Ford attended the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, Randolph County. Location: Elkins, W.Va. County: Randolph County ...

  37. Sam Huff, former WVU and pro football player, born

    October 4, 1934: Former West Virginia University and pro football player Sam Huff was born on this day. Location: Edna Gas, W.Va. County: Marion County ...

  38. US Coal and Coke Co. builds last coal camp in WV in Munson

    October 5, 1946: The US Coal and Coke Company builds the last coal camp in West Virginia in Munson, McDowell county. Location: Munson, W.Va. County: McDowell County ...

  39. Forces under Col. Andrew Lewis arrive for the Battle of Point Pleasant

    October 6, 1774: Forces under Colonel Andrew Lewis reached Point Pleasant, Mason County, in preparation for the Battle of Point Pleasant against the Shawnees. Location: Point Pleasant, W.Va. County: Mason County ...

  40. President Jimmy Carter attended the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins

    October 7, 1978: President Jimmy Carter attended the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, Randolph County. Location: Elkins, W.Va. County: Randolph County ...

  41. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson appointed Confederate Major General

    October 7, 1861: Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson was appointed Confederate Major General and assigned to the Shenandoah Valley. ...

  42. First Ravenswood Octoberfest held

    October 7, 2000: first Ravenswood Octoberfest was held on this day Location: Ravenswood, W.Va. County: Jackson County ...

  43. Harman Blennerhassett born

    October 8, 1764: Harman Blennerhassett was born in Hampshire, England.  He later built a mansion on an island in the Ohio River near Parkersburg.  This is now known as Blennerhassett Island State Park. Location: Hampshire, England County:...

  44. First Jackson County Fair

    October 9, 1877: The first Jackson County Fair began at present-day Ripley. Location: Ripley, W.Va. County: Jackson County ...

  45. Battle of Point Pleasant

    October 10, 1774: The Battle of Point Pleasant was fought between the Virginia Militia and the Shawnee Indians led by Chief Cornstalk on this day. Location: Point Pleasant, W.Va. County: Mason County ...

  46. Tu Endie Wei Park dedicated

    October 10, 1901: Tu Endie Wei Park was dedicated on the site of the Battle of Point Pleasant, Mason County. Location: Point Pleasant, W.Va. County: Mason County ...

  47. Cincinnati Reds play against coal camps

    October 10, 1908: Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds plays against the coal camp teams at Scarbro, in Fayette County. Location: Scarbro, W.Va. County: Fayette County ...

  48. Founding of West Virginia Colored Institute

    October 11, 1891: The cornerstone for Fleming Hall, the first building of the West Virginia Colored Institute, which later became West Virginia State University, was laid at Institute, Kanawha County. Location: Institute, W.Va. County:...

  49. Coal Heritage Trail Weekend

    October 11, 2008: A Coal Heritage Trail Weekend is held at the Elkhorn Inn in Landgraff, McDowell County. Location: Landgraff, W.Va. County: McDowell County ...

  50. West Virginia governor Howard Mason Gore born

    October 12, 1877: West Virginia governor Howard Mason Gore was born in Coal District, Harrison County, near Clarksburg. Location: Coal District, W.Va. County: Harrison County ...

  51. John Denver dies in piloting accident in California

    October 12, 1997: John Denver dies while piloting an ultra-airplane just off the coast at Pacific Grove, CA. Location: Pacific Grove, CA ...

  52. First WWVA Jamboree Harvest Home Festival

    October 13, 1934: The first WWVA Jamboree Harvest Home Festival was held at the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling, Ohio County. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

  53. First Tri County Cooperative Fair

    October 14, 1920: The first Tri County Cooperative Fair was held on this day in Petersburg, Grant County. Location: Petersburg, W.Va. County: Grant County ...

  54. Chuck Yeager breaks sound barrier

    October 14, 1947: Lincoln County native Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier on October 14, 1947. Location: Edwards AFB, CA ...

  55. West Virginia Governor Aretas Brooks born

    October 15, 1839: West Virginia governor Aretas Brooks Fleming was born in Middletown, Monongalia County, present-day Fairmont in Marion County. Location: Fairmont, W.Va. County: Marion County ...

  56. Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville registered as historic place

    October 15, 1966: The Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, the largest conical type burial mound in the USA, entered the National Registry of Historic Places. Location: Moundsville, W.Va. County: Marshall County ...

  57. South Charleston Indian Mound registered as historic place

    October 15, 1970: The South Charleston Indian Mound entered the National Registry of Historic Places. Location: South Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

  58. Greenbrier Hotel dedicated as military hospital

    October 16, 1943: The Greenbrier Hotel at White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, was dedicated as a military hospital, the Ashford General Hospital. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

  59. Elias and Troy Hatfield, sons of "Devil Anse" Hatfield, killed in a shootout

    October 17, 1911: Elias and Troy Hatfield, sons of "Devil Anse" Hatfield, were killed in a shootout at Harewood in Fayette County on October 17, 1911. Location: Harewood, W.Va. County: Fayette County ...

  60. First Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival held in Martinsburg.

    October 17, 1980: The first Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival was held on this day in Martinsburg. Location: Martinsburg, W.Va. County: Berkeley County ...

  61. John Brown and raiding party captured at Harpers Ferry

    October 18, 1859: On the morning of October 18, 1859, United States Marines commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee stormed the armory engine-house at Harpers Ferry, capturing John Brown and members of his raiding party who had...

  62. First Capon Bridge Founder's Day Festival

    October 18, 2008: The first Capon Bridge Founder's Day Festival was held on this day in Capon Bridge, Hampshire County. Location: Capon Bridge, W.Va. County: Hampshire County ...

  63. Thomas M. Harris assumed command

    October 19, 1864: Thomas M. Harris assumed command of the Union First Division of the Army of West Virginia. Location: Statewide ...

  64. Grandview State Park land purchased

    October 20, 1939: West Virginia purchased the land that would later become Grandview State Park.  In 1990, Grandview became part of the New River Gorge National River. Location: Beckley, W.Va. County: Raleigh County ...

  65. Wheeling Suspension Bridge dedicated.

    October 20, 1849: The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was dedicated. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

  66. Governor Hulett C. Smith born in Beckley.

    October 21, 1918: Governor Hulett C. Smith was born in Beckley.  Smith was elected Governor in 1964. Location: Beckley, W.Va. County: Raleigh County ...

  67. First West Virginia Turkey Festival

    October 22, 1955: The first West Virginia Turkey Festival was held on this day in Lost River, Hardy County. Location: Lost River, W.Va. County: Hardy County ...

  68. New River Gorge Bridge opened for traffic

    October 22, 1977: The New River Gorge Bridge opened for traffic. The bridge stands 876 feet above the New River and has revitalized the New River Gorge region, which now boasts a thriving tourist and whitewater rafting industry. Location:...

  69. President Harry Truman speaks at Harpers Ferry

    October 23, 1952: President Harry Truman spoke briefly at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Depot at Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, while campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson. Location: Harpers Ferry, W.Va....

  70. State of West Virginia ratified by popular vote

    October 24, 1861: An ordinance to create a new state of West Virginia was ratified by popular vote by a margin of 18,408 to 781. Voters from 35 western Virginia counties elected delegates to the Constitutional Convention scheduled to meet...

  71. First governor of West Virginia, Arthur I. Boreman, re-elected to office

    October 25, 1866: The first governor of West Virginia, Arthur I. Boreman, was re-elected to office on October 25, 1866. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

  72. Writer Denise Giardina born in Bluefield

    October 25, 1951: Writer Denise Giardina was born October 25, 1951, in Bluefield, West Virginia, and raised in neighboring McDowell County. Location: Bluefield, W.Va. County: Mercer County ...

  73. Fort Ashby location selected

    October 26, 1755: George Washington ordered Lieutenant John Bacon to select a location for what became Fort Ashby. He chose a place on the plantation of John Sellers at present-day Fort Ashby, Mineral County. He also ordered Bacon to...

  74. Murder and treason trial of John Brown begins

    October 26, 1859: The murder and treason trial of John Brown began at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town. Location: Charles Town, W.Va. County: Jefferson County ...

  75. Retired NBA basketball player and broadcaster "Hot" Rod Hundley born

    October 26, 1934: Retired NBA basketball player and broadcaster "Hot" Rod Hundley was born on this day. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

  76. 30th Annual Bridge Day celebration held

    October 17, 2009: The 30th Annual Bridge Day celebration was held. Location: Fayetteville, W.Va. County: Fayette County ...

  77. 22 killed in McDowell County mine explosion

    October 27, 1958: 22 men are killed when the #34 mine at Bishop in McDowell County exploded. Location: Bishop, W.Va. County: McDowell County ...

  78. Land purchased to create Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

    October 28, 1935: Land was purchased to create Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park in Summersville, Nicholas county. Location: Summersville, W.Va. County: Nicholas County ...

  79. Singer songwriter Brad Paisley born

    October 28, 1972: Singer songwriter Brad Paisley was born.  By 2010, Paisley has amassed over 30 awards, including three Grammys, and was named Country Music Association’s best male vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Location: Glen Dale, W...

  80. Ronald Reagan visits Parkersburg

    October 29, 1984: Ronald Reagan visited Parkersburg for a campaign stop during his re-election campaign. Location: Parkersburg, W.Va. County: Wood County ...

  81. Wheeling Suspension Bridge completed

    October 30, 1849: The Wheeling Suspension Bridge was completed.  It was destroyed in 1854 by high winds and then rebuilt. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

  82. First Mountain State Forest Festival held

    October 30, 1930: The first Mountain State Forest Festival was held on this date. Location: Elkins, W.Va. County: Randolph County ...

  83. John Brown convicted

    October 31, 1859: John Brown was convicted of murder and treason against Virginia in his trial at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Charles Town. Location: Charles Town, W.Va. County: Jefferson County ...

  84. West Virginia governor Herman Guy Kump born

    October 31, 1877: West Virginia governor Herman Guy Kump was born in Capon Springs, Hampshire County. Location: Capon Springs, W.Va. County: Hampshire County ...

  85. 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 ...

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  86. 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 ...

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  87. 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 ...

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  88. 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...

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  89. 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:...

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  90. 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...

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  91. 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 ...

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  92. 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:...

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  93. 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...

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  94. 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 ...

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  95. 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....

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  96. 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:...

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  97. 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:...

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  98. 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 ...

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  99. 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 ...

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  100. 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 ...

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  101. 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 ...

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  102. 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 ...

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  103. 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 ...

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  104. 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 ...

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  105. 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 ...

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  106. 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 ...

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  107. 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 ...

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  108. 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:...

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  109. 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. ...

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  110. 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 ...

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  111. 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...

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  112. 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 ...

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  113. 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 ...

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  114. 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 ...

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  115. 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,...

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  116. 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...

  117. 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...

  118. Division of Forestry Sends Firefighting Crew to California

    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce: A wild land firefighting crew left Charleston, W.Va., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in northern California. Pictured are 17 of the 20-person crew. Sixteen...

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  119. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Aug. 26 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, Aug. 26, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small...

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  120. Eastern bluebird is “Bird of the Month” at Kanawha State Forest Aug. 9, 2014, 2 p.m.

    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce. Male Eastern Bluebird     SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The eastern bluebird is the featured songbird at Kanawha State Forest in August. The August Bird of the Month (BOM)...

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  121. Summer’s not over yet at Canaan Valley State Park: turtle slide tube ride, sporting clays and golf

    The “Turtle Slide Tube Ride” comes to Canaan Valley State Park this summer. Other warm-weather activities at Canaan include a five-stand sporting clays target field and an 18-hole championship golf course. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia...

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  122. Joint undercover investigation results in game law violation convictions in Berkeley County

               HEDGESVILLE, West Virginia – Steven B. Tyson of 1198 Apple Harvest Drive, Hedgesville, West Virginia, pleaded No Contest to seven game law violations Thursday July 24, 2014, in the Berkeley...

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  123. Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History celebrates Art Appreciation Month: Lily Irene Jackson featured Aug. 10, 2014

    This portrait in oil of artist Lily Irene Jackson will be on display during a special presentation at the Blennerhasset Museum Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     PARKERSBURG, West...

    published 27 days, 22 hours ago

  124. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Pendleton County

    Register for Aug. 28 session on business fundamentals FRANKLIN, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, in Pendleton County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 27 days, 22 hours ago

  125. Eyes to the Sky: Watch the Perseid meteor showers at Blackwater Falls State Park Aug. 11 and 12, 2014

    Watch the Perseid meteor shower at Blackwater Falls State Park Aug. 11 and 12. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     DAVIS, West Virginia – It’s fun to look up at night and wish upon a star. On a clear,...

    published 26 days, 22 hours ago

  126. Learn watercolor painting technique with artist Alina Kurbiel at Lost River State Park Aug. 13, 2014

                MATHIAS, West Virginia – Alina Kurbiel likes to paint. Ever since she could pick up a brush, her love of nature and animals has been reflected in her watercolor artistry. Kurbiel will be...

    published 26 days, 22 hours ago

  127. White-tailed deer “Wall of Shame” and nuisance black bear trapping and relocation program at Beech Fork State Park Aug. 16

                 BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Anyone interested in finding out how the Division of Natural Resources manages nuisance black bears and works to prevent white-tailed deer poaching is invited...

    published 25 days, 22 hours ago

  128. Public tour at Coopers Rock State Forest Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 11 a.m. at Coopers Rock State Forest Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. This is an informational tour for the public to learn about plans for a proposed timber...

    published 22 days, 22 hours ago

  129. School calendars and swimming opportunities adjusted at Tygart Lake and other West Virginia state parks

    Tygart Lake State Park’s beach swimming area will be open Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 1, 2014. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     GRAFTON, West Virginia –With schools restarting for the year,...

    published 22 days, 22 hours ago

  130. Ginseng Digging Season Starts September 1

    Ginseng plants are ready to harvest when their berries turn red. Plants with at least three prongs are old enough to harvest. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 2014 ginseng digging...

    published 21 days, 22 hours ago

  131. Canaan Valley Resort State Park hosts author and artist “Porte Crayon” – History Alive! performance Aug. 20, 2014

    Self-portrait by David Hunter Strother – “Porte Crayon”. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     DAVIS, West Virginia – David Hunter Strother, also known as “Porte Crayon,” was a renowned West Virginia...

    published 21 days, 22 hours ago

  132. Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Aug. 18-31

    The West Virginia Division of Tourism produces this media advisory with the help of other agencies and tourism businesses across the Mountain State. If you are an event organizer or promoter and would like to submit an event to our calendar at www...

    published 21 days, 22 hours ago

  133. 2014 Governor's Conference on Tourism to "Turn It Up" in the Capital City

    “Stars of the Industry” to be announced during the conference CHARLESTON, W.Va. (August 14, 2014)– The West Virginia Division of Tourism, in collaboration with the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus and the West...

    published 19 days, 22 hours ago

  134. West Virginia’s Mourning Dove Season opens Sept. 1, 2014

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Mourning dove season in West Virginia opens Sept. 1, 2014. “For many hunters this marks the beginning of the fall hunting seasons,” said Curtis I. Taylor,...

    published 19 days, 22 hours ago

  135. West Virginia’s Canada Goose Season opens Sept. 1, 2014

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s 2014–2015 waterfowl seasons will begin statewide Sept. 1, 2014, with the opening of the early Canada goose season, according to Curtis I....

    published 19 days, 22 hours ago

  136. West Virginia’s 2014 seasons set for dove, rail, snipe and woodcock

              SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s 2014-2105 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe, Sora rail and Virginia rail have been set, according to the...

    published 19 days, 22 hours ago

  137. "Go Outside and Play" Campaign Continues With State Fair Challenge

    Snap a selfie with Commissioner Goodwin and post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #GoOutsideAndPlay, #SFWV2014 to collect a prize CHARLESTON, West Virginia (August 14, 2014) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism will continue its “Go...

    published 18 days, 22 hours ago

  138. West Virginia Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Fall Workshop Sept. 12-14, 2014, at Watoga State Park

    Registration is underway for the West Virginia Becoming and Outdoors-Woman fall workshop Sept. 12-14. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of...

    published 15 days, 22 hours ago

  139. WANTED: West Virginia trophy fish and big bucks for display at Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 27 & 28

    WVDNR is looking for big bucks and trophy fish to display at West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at Stonewall Resort State Park Sept. 27 and 28. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.    ...

    published 15 days, 22 hours ago

  140. September openings of West Virginia’s youth and statewide squirrel seasons

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Summer is winding down and the 2014 fall hunting seasons are almost here. The one-day, youth-only squirrel season will be held Sept. 6, 2014, and the...

    published 14 days, 22 hours ago

  141. “The Frontier Table” is set at Blennerhassett Island State Park Aug. 24; Foodways Tours Aug. 30

                 PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Local historians Martha and Richard “Dick” Hartley have spent the past 25 years researching the food that early settlers in Western Virginia prepared and ate....

    published 14 days, 22 hours ago

  142. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Ohio County

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

    published 13 days, 22 hours ago

  143. Social media creates dining-out interest at West Virginia State Parks

    Cacapon is one of three West Virginia state parks that post special theme nights and Sunday buffets on Facebook. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Restaurants at West...

    published 13 days, 22 hours ago

  144. ADVENTURE ADVISORY: Sept. 1-14

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by the West Virginia Division of Tourism, highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click on “Calendar.” Event...

    published 12 days, 6 hours ago

  145. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hampshire County

    Register for Sept. 11 session on business fundamentals ROMNEY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, in Hampshire County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia mall Business...

    published 11 days, 9 hours ago

  146. Summersville Lake tailwater trout stocking

                 SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with the West Virginia Professional Outfitters Association (WVPRO), will stock 750 pounds...

    published 11 days, 22 hours ago

  147. DNR fish health surveys to be conducted week of Aug. 25 on Kanawha and Elk rivers

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct fisheries surveys and sampling for fish health assessments on the Kanawha and Elk rivers...

    published 11 days, 22 hours ago

  148. West Virginia FILMmakers Festival Seeks Nominations for WV Filmmaker of the Year

    SUTTON, W.Va. – The 15th Annual West Virginia FILMmakers Festival, which will be held in Sutton’s Elk Theatre the weekend of Oct. 3-5, is seeking Nominations for WV FILMmaker of the Year. The West Virginia FILMmaker of the Year Award is given to...

    published 8 days, 22 hours ago

  149. Shepherdstown Film Society Announces Fall Film Schedule

    The Shepherdstown Film Society is pleased to announce its fall 2014 series. This season is the 11th year of providing free films for Shepherd University students, faculty, and members of the community. A continuing partnership with the Scarborough...

    published 8 days, 22 hours ago

  150. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for Sept. 16 session on Business Fundamentals WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development...

    published 5 days, 9 hours ago

  151. Aunt Jennie Music Festival at Chief Logan State Park, August 30-31, 2014

    LOGAN, West Virginia -- The 10th annual Aunt Jennie Music Festival is Labor Day Weekend at Chief Logan State Park. Logan native Roger Bryant, grandson of West Virginia folk legend “Aunt Jennie” Wilson, will serve as emcee this year for the August ...

    published 5 days, 6 hours ago

  152. “GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY” ON WEST VIRGINIA’S WHITEWATER RIVERS

    W.Va. Division of Tourism to host rafting adventure on New River Sept. 3; Gauley Season to begin Sept. 5 CHARLESTON, West Virginia (September 2, 2014) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism, in partnership with River Expeditions, the...

    published 6 hours, 9 minutes ago

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