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  1. Greenbrier Resort Cold War Bunker contract signed

    November 26, 1958: Contracts were signed between the Greenbrier Resort and the US government to commence construction of the Cold War Congressional Bunker. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 26 days, 19 hours ago

  2. Spa at Greenbrier Resort opened

    November 26, 1987: Opening date of the spa at the Greenbrier Resort. It was expanded and upgraded in 2001 Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 26 days, 19 hours ago

  3. George Washington buys land in West Virginia

    November 24, 1750: George Washington purchased his first tract of property in present- day West Virginia, the Bullskin or Rock Hall Tract, located in Charles Town, Jefferson County.  Today, part of this land is now the location of the...

    published 28 days, 19 hours ago

  4. Anna Jarvis dies

    November 24, 1948: Mothers' Day founder Anna Jarvis died. Location: West Chester, PA ...

    published 28 days, 19 hours ago

  5. Sam Huff's WVU number retired

    November 24, 2005: Football legend Sam Huff’s number 75 was retired during the WVU–Pitt game on Thanksgiving night, November 24, 2005. Huff helped lead WVU to a combined four-year mark of 31–7 and the 1954 Sugar Bowl.  Playing in the NFL...

    published 28 days, 19 hours ago

  6. Mecklenburg (present-day Shepherdstown) incorporated

    November 25, 1762: The Virginia House of Burgesses passed the incorporation bill for the town of Mecklenburg, present-day Shepherdstown, Jefferson County. Location: Shepherdstown, W.Va. County: Jefferson County ...

    published 27 days, 19 hours ago

  7. Greenbrier Resort Cold War Bunker contracts signed

    November 26, 1958: Contracts were signed between the Greenbrier Resort and the US government to commence construction of the Cold War Congressional Bunker. Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 26 days, 19 hours ago

  8. Greenbrier Resort spa opened

    November 26, 1987: Opening date of the spa at the Greenbrier Resort. It was expanded and upgraded in 2001 Location: White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. County: Greenbrier County ...

    published 26 days, 19 hours ago

  9. Winterplace Ski Resort opens

    December 1, 1983: Winterplace Ski Resort opened to the public. Location: Ghent, W.Va. County: Raleigh County   ...

    published 21 days, 19 hours ago

  10. Charles Town Race Track opens

    December 2, 1933: The Charles Town Race Track opened on the grounds of the Charles Town Horse Show Association, Jefferson County. Location: Charles Town, W.Va. County: Jefferson County ...

    published 20 days, 19 hours ago

  11. Steam-powered boat first demonstrated at Shepherdstown

    December 3, 1787: James Rumsey first demonstrated his steam-powered boat publicly on the Potomac River at Shepherdstown, Jefferson County. His invention led to the creation of new technology, evenutally culminating in Robert Fultons...

    published 19 days, 19 hours ago

  12. West Virginia University named

    December 4, 1868: The governor approved an act changing the name of the Agricultural College of West Virginia or West Virginia Agricultural College to West Virginia University. At the same time, the name of the Board of Visitors was changed...

    published 18 days, 19 hours ago

  13. State capitol building in Wheeling first occupied

    December 4, 1876: State officials took occupancy of the new state capitol building in Wheeling. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

    published 18 days, 19 hours ago

  14. Cedar Lakes Conference Center chosen by large groups

    December 5, 1949: The Future Farmers and Future Homemakers of America chose what would become Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson County, as the site for its camp and conference center. Location: Ripley, W.Va. County: Jackson County ...

    published 17 days, 19 hours ago

  15. The Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs Company incorporated

    December 6, 1880: The Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs Company was incorporated in West Virginia. The company's purpose was to operate a summer resort and mine and manufacture the waters of the springs at White Sulphur Springs....

    published 16 days, 19 hours ago

  16. Worst mining disaster in American history occurs in Marion County

    December 6, 1907: The worst mining disaster in American history occurred on December 6, 1907, when an underground explosion at Monongah in Marion County killed 362 miners. Location: Monongah, W.Va. County: Marion County ...

    published 16 days, 19 hours ago

  17. USS West Virginia sunk in Pearl Harbor attack

    December 7, 1941: On December 7, 1941, a Japanese attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor initiated American entry into World War II. One of the ships sunk on that day was the USS West Virginia. Location:...

    published 15 days, 19 hours ago

  18. Governor William Wallace Barron born

    December 8, 1911: Governor William Wallace Barron was born.  In Barron's first year as governor, the legislature created the Public Employees Retirement System, the Department of Natural Resources, the Air Pollution Control Commission, the...

    published 14 days, 19 hours ago

  19. Governor John J. Jacob born

    December 9, 1829: Governor John J. Jacob was  born. The most significant development of Jacob's term was the drafting of a new state constitution. Jacob also supported the elimination of all remaining legislation that discriminated against...

    published 13 days, 19 hours ago

  20. Hardy County created

    December 10, 1786: Hardy County created from Hampshire County. Location: Moorefield, W.Va. County: Hardy County ...

    published 12 days, 19 hours ago

  21. President Thomas Jefferson sent militia to Blennerhassett Island

    December 11, 1806: President Thomas Jefferson sent the militia to Blennerhassett Island near Parkersburg to stop the expedition of Aaron Burr and Harman Blennerhassett to create an empire for Burr in the southwestern part of the continent....

    published 11 days, 19 hours ago

  22. Waitman Willey argues for West Virginia's eastern boundary

    December 11, 1861: Waitman Willey argued before the First Constitutional Convention that the Potomac River should be established as West Virginia's eastern boundary. Location: Wheeling, W.Va. County: Ohio County ...

    published 11 days, 19 hours ago

  23. "We Are Marshall" premiers at the Keith-Albee Theater

    December 12, 2006: "We Are Marshall" a film about the tragic place crash that killed most of the Marshall football team debuts at the Keith-Albee Theater.  In honor of Marshall, the premier used a green carpet, rather than the traditional...

    published 10 days, 19 hours ago

  24. Silver Bridge collapses. Forty-six people killed.

    December 15, 1967: The Silver Bridge across the Ohio River at Point Pleasant, Mason County, collapsed during rush hour. Forty-six people were killed. Location: Point Pleasant, W.Va. County: Mason County ...

    published 7 days, 19 hours ago

  25. Town government of Charleston, Kanawha County organized

    December 16, 1795: The town government of Charleston, Kanawha County, was organized.  Charleston is the current capitol of West Virginia. Location: Charleston, W.Va. County: Kanawha County ...

    published 6 days, 19 hours ago

  26. Last public hanging in West Virginia

    December 16, 1897: The last public hanging in West Virginia occurred on December 16, 1897, in Ripley.  Shortly after Morgan's hanging, the West Virginia Legislature passed a bill prohibiting public executions, allowing them to be carried...

    published 6 days, 19 hours ago

  27. Jefferson County citizens vote for secession

    December 17, 1860: At a meeting at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Charles Town, citizens voted for its county delegates to support secession at the upcoming Virginia state convention in February. Location: Charles Town, W.Va. County:...

    published 5 days, 19 hours ago

  28. Lewis County created

    December 18, 1816: Lewis County was created from parts of Harrison County by an act of the Virginia General Assembly on December 18, 1816. The county was named in honor of Colonel Charles Lewis (1733-1774), who was killed at the decisive...

    published 4 days, 19 hours ago

  29. Musician James Cecil ‘‘Little Jimmy’’ Dickens born

    December 19, 1920: Musician James Cecil ‘‘Little Jimmy’’ Dickens, born December 19, 1920, became one of West Virginia’s most successful country music stars. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1949 in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1983, Little Jimmy...

    published 3 days, 19 hours ago

  30. Foreign diplomats detained at The Greenbrier

    December 19, 1941: One hundred and fifty-nine German and Hungarian diplomats arrived at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, for detention by the U.S. Government. During World War Two, Italians, Bulgarians, and Japanese were also housed...

    published 3 days, 19 hours ago

  31. Ohio County redistributed

    December 22, 1804: The Virginia General Assembly passed an act adding part of Ohio County to Harrison County. County: Harrison County ...

    published 19 hours, 50 minutes ago

  32. 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...

    published 2 days, 19 hours ago

  33. 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...

  34. Canaan Valley Resort Opens 2014-2014 Ski Season Saturday, Nov. 29

                DAVIS, West Virginia – The 2014-15 winter ski season kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 29 at Canaan Valley Resort. The early opening can be attributed to extremely cold temperatures and the...

    published 27 days, 19 hours ago

  35. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

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

    published 26 days, 3 hours ago

  36. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for Dec. 18 session on Business Fundamentals CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 18, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business...

    published 26 days, 3 hours ago

  37. Additional deer muzzleloader stamps (Class RM) must be purchased before Dec. 8

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia hunters are reminded that the deer muzzleloader season will run from Dec. 8 through Dec. 13, according to Curtis Taylor, Chief of the...

    published 26 days, 19 hours ago

  38. Knee Hockey: new fun activity at Chief Logan Lodge; “Hat Trick” sports family and youth group lodging rate in effect

        LOGAN, West Virginia – West Virginia’s state park system is adding another recreation twist to encourage family and youth activities to enjoy exercise and fun. This time it is Knee Hockey.        “North...

    published 21 days, 19 hours ago

  39. Mountain Craft hardwood company to build $1 million facility in Preston County

    Mountain Craft Wide Plank broke ground for its new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Northpointe Business and Industry Park in Hazelton. Once completed, the site will include a drying facility, sawmill and showroom. Mountain Craft expects to...

    published 20 days, 5 hours ago

  40. Williams Lea expands facility in Wheeling

    The Williams Lea Group celebrated the addition of 11,250 square feet to its operations center in Wheeling. The expansion brings the Williams Lea total space in the Stone Center Building to nearly 50,000 square feet. The expansion was in response to...

    published 20 days, 15 hours ago

  41. West Virginia to host Identification Intelligence seminar Dec. 9, Washington, D.C.

    The seventh annual Identification Intelligence Seminar and Expo is set to take place on Dec. 9 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C. Special guests include U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III and Amy Hess, executive assistant director, Science...

    published 20 days, 1 hour ago

  42. Italian Embassy officials take introductory tour of Eastern Panhandle

    Two representatives from the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., recently toured sites and facilities in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. The visit was part of an initiative by the West Virginia Development Office International Division, the...

    published 20 days, 2 hours ago

  43. West Virginia DNR prepares for changeover to electronic licensing system effective Jan. 1, 2015

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) announces that Dec. 23 will be the last day in 2014 for processing lifetime licenses or permits....

    published 20 days, 19 hours ago

  44. Positive eDNA results for Asian carp found in the Ohio and Kanawha rivers

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section has confirmed that environmental DNA (eDNA) from the invasive Asian carp was...

    published 19 days, 19 hours ago

  45. Pipestem Resort State Park appeals to holiday travelers with free activities and events

                 PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Holiday travelers in West Virginia have many opportunities for free outdoor and indoor recreation in state parks. “At Pipestem Resort State Park, we plan and...

    published 19 days, 19 hours ago

  46. Morgan Arts Council launches Digital Media Center for Community Engagement

    The Morgan Arts Council (MAC) launches its innovative Digital Media Center for Community Engagement (DMC) with a free orientation session on Tuesday, December 9, 7-9pm at the Ice House.  Orientation is required for getting involved in DMC...

    published 19 days, 19 hours ago

  47. Brian Sarfino to energize Terrain Park at Canaan Valley Resort

                 DAVIS, West Virginia – Canaan Valley Resort announces Brian Sarfino has joined the mountain operations at Canaan Valley Resort. Sarfino is the terrain park supervisor for the 2014-15 winter...

    published 18 days, 19 hours ago

  48. New look Wonderful West Virginia magazine starts with January issue

    Subscribe in December for a chance to win a Canaan Valley Resort getaway              SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The new year brings a new look to Wonderful West Virginia magazine and a chance...

    published 12 days, 11 hours ago

  49. 2015 West Virginia Wildlife Calendars are available

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – “The 2015 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar is now available for everyone to enjoy,” according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section...

    published 14 days, 7 hours ago

  50. Mountaineer Food Bank receives $65,000 donation from 2014 Governor’s One Shot Deer Hunt event for Hunters Helping the Hungry

        GASSAWAY, W.Va. – Governor’s One Shot Committee members have presented a check to the Mountaineer Food Bank, representing $65,000 raised during the eighth annual Governor’s One Shot Deer Hunt held Oct. 24-26, 2014. The money will...

    published 12 days, 19 hours ago

  51. Calling all bird lovers! North Bend State Park’s Winter Wonder Weekend Jan. 16-18, 2015, is “For the Birds”

               CAIRO, W.Va. – Bird lovers and other winter outdoors enthusiasts are invited to flock to the 2015 Winter Wonder Weekend at North Bend State Park Jan. 16-18. The theme for this annual event is “For the...

    published 11 days, 19 hours ago

  52. Deer Hunters in West Virginia harvest 37,277 bucks during the buck firearms season

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 37,277 bucks during the two-week buck...

    published 10 days, 19 hours ago

  53. West Virginia Division of Tourism to Host “Go Outside and Ride the Train”

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (Dec. 12, 2014) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism today will host “Go Outside and Ride the Train” at the South Side Depot in Grant County, West Virginia.  Following an evening of caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides,...

    published 10 days, 19 hours ago

  54. Governor Tomblin announces Diamond Electric headquarters moving to West Virginia

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (December 15, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced Diamond Electric is relocating its North American headquarters to West Virginia. The move will consolidate the automotive ignition coil manufacturer's main U.S. office with...

    published 7 days, 2 hours ago

  55. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Ohio County

    Register for Jan. 6 session on Business Fundamentals WHEELING, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Ohio County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development...

    published 6 days, 2 hours ago

  56. Take steps to protect your business against winter disaster

    WVSBDC urges businesses to get ready before adversity strikes CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The most effective way to weather winter woes is to be prepared in advance. The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) reminds business owners that...

    published 5 days, 10 hours ago

  57. West Virginia’s Canaan Valley State Park – pure winter fun

                DAVIS, West Virginia – Skiing and tubing at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia, is pure winter fun. The downhill skiing at Canaan combines natural and machine-made snow.  ...

    published 5 days, 19 hours ago

  58. Mardi Gras Masquerade at Twin Falls State Park for New Year’s Eve

        MULLENS, West Virginia – Those celebrating New Year’s Eve at Twin Falls State Park will bring in 2015 by donning masks and hats. “Mardi Gras Masquerade” is the theme and dress for the dance party is “as you like” or masquerade...

    published 4 days, 19 hours ago

  59. WVDEP, WVDNR hosting annual Christmas tree recycling event Jan. 3, 2015

               CHARLESTON, W.Va. - When all the lights and decorations have been removed, and the packages carried off from under its branches, your Christmas tree can live on in lakes across West...

    published 19 hours, 50 minutes ago

  60. Discover some of West Virginia’s state park lodges in January 2015 with a “WV50” $50 room rate

               SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – WV50 is a “visit a state park” discount rate promotion to encourage friends, families and meeting planners to use lodge facilities in January.     ...

  61. "First Day" Hikes at West Virginia State Parks in 2015 Resolve to get outdoors

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – It's never early to think about New Year's resolutions. A healthy outlook combined with getting outdoors more is a good 2015 combo. At least five areas in...

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