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Davis Family Reunion at Pipestem


34-year-old tradition brings out-of-state family members home

By Jama L. Jarrett

BLUESTONE GORGE, W.Va. -- For the past thirty-four years, the Davis Family has held its family reunion each year at Pipestem Resort State Park.

The reunion’s organizer, Henry Walton, said they host more than 120 members from across the country “for a weekend of festivities, reminiscing and good hearty laughs.”

Because many members of the Davis family live out of state, their trip to West Virginia is the perfect escape.

“Visiting Pipestem is like a breath of fresh air. The beautiful setting, the hospitality of the staff and the wonderful food are some of the reasons our family continues returning to the park year-after-year,” said Jan Young, a member of the Davis family who lives in Dunbar, W.Va.

“Pipestem is close to where my family settled and where we were raised. The park’s setting is strikingly similar to the surroundings in which my great grandparents started their life together,” explained Walton.

In the early 1900s, the Davis family migrated to the nearby towns of Bramwell and Coopers. So, gathering at Pipestem has been a great way for Walton, Young and their relatives to celebrate and reconnect with their family’s heritage.

Walton wants all members of the family to understand and appreciate the significant role West Virginia plays in the family’s history and he believes it’s beneficial to the family’s younger generations to see where their ancestors started their lives.

“I want my family to come to West Virginia as often as possible to experience its beauty and to discover what it means to be wild and wonderful,” he said.

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About Pipestem Resort State Park:
Nestled between Hinton and Princeton,
Pipestem Resort State Park's convenient location and incredible views greet more than 450,000 visitors a year at its lodging and recreation facilities. The park has more than 4,000 acres that include spectacular scenic views, awe-inspiring overlooks, two modern lodges, vacation rental cottages, campgrounds, par-72 championship and challenging par-3 golf courses, an outdoor amphitheater, hospitable restaurants, a lake perfect for the avid angler, crowd-favorite horseback riding and more. In addition to the wide range of activities and recreation, the observation tower at Pipestem offers a bird’s eye view of the beautiful and rugged splendor of the terrain.

About West Virginia state parks for reunions:
The state’s impressive network of 48 state parks offers an assorted selection of sites for your family reunion setting. With more than 150,000 acres of land, West Virginia State Parks play host to hundreds of reunions each year. Not only are state parks affordable and convenient, but the range of activities available present a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and reconnect with nature through hiking and biking trails, nature programs and wildlife observation, just to name a few. Whether you are looking for a picnic pavilion, lodge or cabin, or need accommodations for a day, weekend or week-long retreat, West Virginia has a state park location that is just right for your family or group.

If you have questions about how to start planning your family or group reunion, West Virginia State Parks have personnel to help you every step of the way. To learn more about West Virginia State Parks, or to start planning your family or group reunion visit www.wvstateparks.com or call 1-800-CALL WVA.