A recent day trip to Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park near Summersville, WV was a great end to the summer. If you are a Civil War or American history buff, you have probably heard of the Civil War Trails that span five states including West Virginia. Located on the ridges of the Gauley River Canyon, near Summersville, sits one of the pivotal Civil War battlefields for the state of West Virginia. After two years of being entrenched in a once peaceful family farm, the Confederate soldiers were forced to retreat, thus losing the foothold in this region to the Union forces. As a result and soon afterward, the movement to breakaway from Virginia and become a sovereign state proceeded, and the state of West Virginia was created. [Read more...]
When you think of a Fall trip to an orchard, apples probably are the first things to come to mind. However, if you go early enough…say the end of August/first of September, you could score some juicy peaches, blackberries and early apples. It’s the perfect time to go pick your own orchard-fresh fruit! [Read more...]
When asked what their favorite part of the West Virginia State Fair was, just about everyone answers “FOOD!” We thought it would be helpful to those new to the fair to give them a quick snapshot of what they should be sure to try while visiting. We aren’t talking about novelties like donut burgers or fried Snickers bars, these are the foods that have been long standing favorites for several generations of fair goers. [Read more...]
2013 State Fair of West Virginia
It’s that time again…time for the entire state to come together to show off their best in livestock, crafts, art, produce, textiles and unique talent, for all to see and judge! Time for yummy fair food, carnival games, big stuffed animal prizes, thrilling rides and awesome concerts. The State Fair of West Virginia is held annually in Fairlea (Greenbrier County), for ten days. [Read more...]
West Virginia Farmer’s Markets: Greenbrier Valley
We had a great morning touring our local West Virginia Farmer’s Markets in Lewisburg! We were happy to find that Lewisburg offers two markets on Saturdays. Our first stop was the Greenbrier Valley Farmer’s Market, on the corner of Jefferson (Rt. 219) and Arbuckle Lane. Open seasonally, roughly from April thru November, the market has a wonderful selection of fresh local produce, beautiful cut flowers, hand made artisan breads, fresh handmade pastries and quick breads, fruit, honey, grass fed beef, farm fresh eggs and delicious kettle corn. [Read more...]
Harmony Creek Junction
Yet another fine example of the talent that resides in these West Virginia hills! From Greenbrier County, the five-piece bluegrass band Harmony Creek Junction is touring venues around West Virginia this summer. Included in the tour are Carnegie Hall, The Greenbrier Resort, The State Fair of West Virginia, The Alderson 4th of July Celebration, and this morning on WVVA’s morning show.
John Henry Days in Talcott, West Virginia
Celebrate the legend of John Henry, the Steel Drivin’ Man. This festival includes three days of crafts, free music, a parade, car show, water events and many other fun activities. Located in Talcott, WV at the John Henry Memorial Park, July 12-14, 2013. Find out more about John Henry Days here and here.
The Friends of Coal Auto Fair
Want to see Travis Tritt and the Davisson Brothers Band? Well head on over to Beckley on Saturday, July 20th at 7pm for a great show. The Friends of Coal Auto Fair begins on Thursday, July 18th with a kick off party with the bands Motion Theater and Shea. On Friday, the 19th the fun continues from 10am to 11pm and through Sunday. [Read more...]
The Boy Scouts Are Coming! The Boy Scouts Are Coming! Okay, it’s not as historic as “The British are coming” but it IS pretty darn exciting! In just a few days, Boy Scouts from across the country will venture to the mountains of West Virginia to attend the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve near Fayetteville. The event begins on July 15th and concludes on July 24th. The National Scout Jamboree occurs every four years and this year the 40,000+ Scouts, Venturers, volunteers and staff from across the country will be the first at the new facility. The Summit, covering 10,600 acres in the New River Gorge area, will be serving as a permanent home for the national jamboree. [Read more...]
Blue Bend Recreational Area
Looking for a nice place to cool down this summer while in the southeastern part of the state? Just off of Rt. 92 in the Monongahela National Forest, outside of White Sulphur Springs, is a nice spot for a picnic, camping, fishing, hiking or swimming. The deep, blue-green, water of Anthony Creek is so cool and refreshing and feels wonderful on the hottest of summer days. [Read more...]