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Moundsville, W.Va.

Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville, WVMoundsville is a melting pot of fine education, a strong blue-collar workforce, bountiful heritage and beautiful landscapes.

Special Interests:
The town was named for the many Adena Indian burial mounds constructed in the area more than 1000 years ago.

The Delf Norona Museum is dedicated to the study and artifacts of tthe 2,000-year-old Grave Creek Mound, one of the largest burial mounds built by the Adena people. The museum also houses a gift shop, fine arts gallery and theater for performing arts.

West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, WVThe West Virginia State Penitentiary was built in 1886 and closed in 1995. Today this gothic-style fortress is a popular spot for tours, ghost sightings and local events.  The Official Marx Toy Museum displays thousands of Marx toys including metal wind-ups, trains, dollhouses and service stations, Johnny West figures and more.  The Fostoria Glass Museum displays the works of Fostoria Glass Company, formerly the largest maker of handmade glassware in the United States.

Grand Vue Park & Recreation Center covers more than 650 acres of scenic ridges and ravines. The park’s updated facilities include year-round cabins, a Par 3 18-hole golf course, miniature golf course conveniently located next to a playground, walking and biking trails, outdoor amphitheater and more.

Moundsville, West VirginiaSignature Events:

  • Fan and collectors visit the museum, show and auction at the annual Fostoria Glass Society of America Convention, Elegant Glass Show and Sale in June.
  • Bring your youngsters and your inner child to the annual Celebration of Marx at the Official Marx Toy Museum in June.


Major employers include Marshall County Schools, CONSOL Energy Inc., Reynolds Memorial Hospital, PPG and American Electric Power.

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    Moundsville Prison’s All Night Ghost Hunts
    Moundsville Prison, West Virginia Hauntings
    Come join us for an all night ghost hunt of a different kind! Roam the halls and cells of the gothic structure that once housed many of the nation’s most dangerous criminals. (Many say that they are still there!) Walk with experienced paranormal investigators as they explore the spirits from the darker side of humanity using the latest in technology. Or DARE TO EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN!! Ghost Hunts are open to the public, 18 and over, please.