Greeting visitors to West Virginia’s heartland are seemingly endless panoramas of sparkling water, fresh air and lush, green mountains. Yes, you’ll come for the lakes, fresh air and mountains, but you’ll also enjoy the history here. Civil War history, that is, at Stonewall Jackson’s boyhood home, Bulltown and Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. You’ll find no flashy monuments or shopping malls in the Mountain Lakes, and hardly any neon. Easily accessible, the region’s rolling hills, peaceful countryside and deep, clear waters offer adventure for lovers of all kinds of outdoor activities.
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The West Virginia Railroad Maintenance-of-Way Museum is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of history and artifacts related to the maintenance-of-way (track maintenance and repair) department of American Railroading.
Old Main, the former Nicholas County High School, is a school building located in Summersville, West Virginia. The two-story stone Renaissance-style building was constructed in 1913 and graduated its first class in 1915.
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was founded in 1858 and served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill from 1864 until 1994. Now the National Historic Landmark is open to the public for tours that explore the history of mental health care, the evolution of the treatments, and the importance of Read more [...]
The Upshur County Historical Society was organized in 1926 and serves as the county level organization dedicated to the identification, preservation, and perpetuation of all things historical pertaining to the county. The society’s mission is accomplished through its three facilities: the History Center Museum, Document Repository, and the historic former Read more [...]
Cedar Creek joined the state park system in 1955. Two buildings on park grounds allow guests to step back into West Virginia’s pioneer days. The park office, a fully restored log cabin, was formerly a Gilmer County historical landmark. A one-room schoolhouse, built in 1910, was moved to the park Read more [...]
Nestled on the rim of the Gauley River Canyon near Summersville, West Virginia, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is an important Civil War battle site. On September 10, 1861 Union troops led by Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans engaged the Confederates and forced them to evacuate an entrenched position on Read more [...]
Founded in 1801, this was the site of Colonel Edward Jackson’s gristmill. A successful operation, it also became the boyhood home of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Our focus is on the history of our site as well as the early history of West(ern) Virginia and Appalachia. Today our site features Read more [...]