Once occupied by Native Americans called Mound Builders, archaeologists have identified 11 remaining mounds here, one of which is located at Shawnee Park. Dunbar is also the birthplace of the Gravely Plow in 1912.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Wine Cellar Park is a testament to the city’s 19th century commercial wine production. Used to store wine made from grapes grown there, three restored stone walk-in wine cellars still stand on this site. The park offers shelters, a playground, a lake with stocked trout and a walking trail.
Dunbar City Park has an Olympic-size pool, multi-purpose recreation building, playgrounds and picnic areas.
Operated by Kanawha County Parks and Recreation, Shawnee Park offers attractions such as a golf course, boat ramp, swimming pool, picnic facilities, playground and game courts. It also is the site of the Shawnee Reservation Mound.
- A family event, Critters and Kids, offers delicious food, including West Virginia wild game, toys and games. This event takes place in the spring. www.cityofdunbarwv.com
- Scheduled annually on the third weekend of September, Dunbar’s Fall Festival features music ranging from gospel to folk and country with some rock; parade; food; and arts and crafts. www.cityofdunbarwv.com
Dunbar is located west of Charleston on Interstate 64. Residents and visitors will find a small town filled with amenities such as historic sites, appetizing dining, shops and a variety of entertainment.
Major employers include Kanawha County schools, WesBanco, United Bank, City National Bank, Kemba Charleston Federal Credit Union and State Electric Supply Company.