Start with the descendants of European immigrants who came in the 19th and 20th centuries to mine coal, lay railroads, cut timber and build factories. Add the flock of mountain bikers, hikers, rafters, kayakers, rock climbers and nature lovers who come for the mountains, rivers, lakes and trails. The rolling hills of Mountaineer Country help to preserve the area’s rich mountain customs and old world style. Parks and forests offer scenic overlooks and virgin forests virtually untouched by mankind. Home to research, development and academic tradition, the region is rich in captivating cultural events, fairs, festivals and living history programs.
The West Augusta Historical Society in Mannington, West Virginia is a group of people dedicated to preserving the history of the City of Mannington, of Marion County, and of West Virginia. Our properties consist of a restored Round Barn (built in 1911) and a historical museum located in an old Read more [...]
The Art Museum of West Virginia University provides a welcoming and stimulating educational environment for diverse audiences to experience the transformative power of art. Exploring the varied artistic traditions of different cultures, past and present, helps us to understand ourselves, our communities and our world. Programs that support this mission include exhibitions organized Read more [...]
Founded in March 2000, The Northern Appalachian Coal Mining Heritage Association (NACMHA) is dedicated to educating the public on our regional coal mining heritage. NACMHA operates a seasonal interactive coal mining museum in Fairmont, West Virginia adjacent to Coal Country Miniature Golf course along Interstate 79. Stop by soon or Read more [...]
The WVU Libraries encompass seven libraries, including the Downtown Campus Library, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library (Morgantown), Law Library, Health Sciences Library (Charleston), the Mary F. Shipper Library at Potomac State College in Keyser, and the Vining Library at the WVU Institute of Technology in Montgomery. The mission of the WVU Read more [...]
The Marion County Historical Society, Inc was founded in 1908 by Bernard L. Butcher, who was the State Superintendent of schools in 1880. Too often, local history is lost. To ensure that doesn’t happen, The Marion County Historical Society, Inc has established a perpetual endowment fund with the Community Endowment Read more [...]
The Smith Home and museum have unique collection of family items spanning from Watters Smith’s arrival in 1796 to mid 20th century. These facilities are open select weekends Memorial- Labor Day. Admission is free, however donations are accepted.
The Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the social, cultural, and technological history of West Virginia’s coal and petroleum industries. Originally named the COMER Museum for WVU’s College of Mineral and Energy Resources, the Watts Museum was renamed in 2005 after Royce Watts, Read more [...]
The Smith Home and museum have unique collection of family items spanning from Watters Smith’s arrival in 1796 to mid-20th century. These facilities are open select weekends from Memorial through Labor Day. Admission is free, however donations are accepted.
The Morgantown History Museum is the first city-sponsored museum in the Greater Morgantown area. The museum preserves the history of the region for the public by collecting and displaying local cultural artifacts. The museum features both permanent and temporary exhibits ranging from prehistoric times up to the present. The permanent Read more [...]
The Bice-Ferguson Museum became a reality in 2006, thanks to the vision of two former residents Don and Lota (Ferguson) Bice. When the Museum opened there was an extensive collection of antique telephones and furniture that were donated by this generous couple. They also bought the building and paid for the remodeling Read more [...]