Travel day to Morgantown, West Virginia, the home of West Virginia University. Mountaineer Country is a region that transformed with each wave of settlers and immigrants that arrived. Everything is here from pioneer forts to research centers.
Start your day with a ride on the world’s first totally automated and computer controlled transportation system, the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT). The computer-directed cars travel on 9 miles of concrete guide ways, linking the two West Virginia University campuses and downtown Morgantown. Explore the Cook-Hayman Pharmacy Museum at West Virginia University. The nineteenth-century pharmacy includes artifacts, books, botanicals, patent medicines, glassware, prescriptions and fixtures. Visit the Creative Arts Center on the WVU Evansdale Campus to view exhibits, statues and structures built by WVU Art students themselves. Enjoy an evening play by the West Virginia Public Theatre at the center after browsing the exhibits (visit www.wvpublictheatre.com for show dates). And top off your evening after returning to downtown (via PRT) at Cafe Bacchus on High Street for a tasty meal and wine-tasting.
The first of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” towns, Arthurdale, was founded in 1933 as a community that would be self-sustaining through crafts and agriculture. The town started as an experiment in modern social engineering. Arthurdale Heritage, created to highlight the history of the town, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are available for browsing the Blacksmith shop and restored Arthurdale homes. From Arthurdale, travel to beautiful Rowlesburg where you can visit the World War II Museum (Greatest Generation) located in the old Rowlesburg High School. Enjoy shopping at the Curiousity Shoppe for unique souvenirs. Also visit the Depot Museum on your way to Cool Springs Park for a home-cooked dinner. Spend the evening relaxing or enjoy the evening at Sagebrush Roundup in Fairmont.
This morning take a step back in time at Pricketts Fort State Park. Appearing as it did in 1774, the fort will fascinate you with interpreters in frontier dress demonstrating the skills of those who lived in the area over 200 years ago. The Job Pricketts, Jr. Log House, built in 1781, is the oldest standing home in Marion County. Lunch with a frontier flair will be served at the fort. The International Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton is the church where the first Mother’s Day service was held in 1908. The Grafton National Cemetery holds 1,215 graves, including those of 664 unknown soldiers and that of Private T. Bailey Brown, the first Union soldier killed by a Confederate. Finally, Fort New Salem, a loghouse settlement featuring history, culture and skills of rural West Virginia located in Salem. Students of the area practice the crafts and trades of the pioneer era. Experience the rich heritage of the area at dinner in a local restaurant.
Sleep in and then depart for home with your final stops being in Philippi, home of the Philippi Covered Bridge. The Bridge was built in 1852 and was the site of the first land battle of the Civil War. Adaland Mansion was built in 1870 and illustrates another era in West Virginia history and is a great place for lunch before you leave West Virginia.