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Stewarts Tavern

West Virginia’s history is filled with as many twists and turns as our famed country roads. Find Native American burial mounds in South Charleston and Moundsville; re-creations of frontier forts such as Prickett’s Fort State Park; and locations of battles, like the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Point Pleasant.

Of course, that doesn’t even include the state’s rich Civil War history. Re-enactments, historic dramas and theater productions, and 18 Civil War Discovery Trail Stops, such as the Philippi Covered Bridge, that commemorate the conflict that led to the creation of the State of West Virginia.

Arts & Crafts

West Virginia offers more than unique handmade crafts and beautiful masterpieces.
Arts & Crafts
Cultural Libraries

Valuable resources for tracing your family tree, studying the Civil War or exploring local history.
Cultural Libraries
Multi-Cultural

The African-American presence and the Swiss and German settlers are just a few of West Virginia's multi-cultural heritage.
Multi-Cultural
Glassmaking

From window glass and simple green glass bottles to the sophisticated art glass of today, more than 500 factories have manufactured glass in West Virginia.
 
Glassmaking
Civil War History

A comprehensive list of Civil War Battlefields, Civil War cemeteries, and other sites of interest.
Civil War History
Trains

Before the turn of the 20th century the state’s coal, timber, oil and natural gas were nearly inaccessible. Railroad construction allowed access to these resources, the materials that drove the nation’s Industrial Age.
Trains
Historic Trails

Learn about the West Virginia Historic Theatre Trail and other historic trails in West Virginia.
Historic Trails
Museums & Tours

West Virginia museums preserve the artifacts, costumes and other evidence of the region’s colorful past.
 
Museums & Tours
Fairs & Festivals

Whether your preference is traditional Appalachian bluegrass, classical, jazz, rock or country, you’ll find musical acts from every genre performing at fairs and festivals.
Fairs & Festivals
Coal, Oil & Gas

West Virginia’s abundant natural resources helped build America and today continue to be a major source of energy for much of the nation.
Coal, Oil & Gas
Agritourism & Farms

A trip to a West Virginia family farm will provide the peace of mind or adventure you’re looking for.
Agritourism & Farms
State Parks Lodges

In 1967, Walter Gropius, the father of modern architecture, led The Architects Collaborative (TAC) in the design of the lodges at Twin Falls Resort, Hawks Nest and Pipestem Resort state parks.  
 
State Parks Lodges

Civil War heritage