Thinking of moving? Here’s information you need on West Virginia

information West Virginia

Thinking of Moving? Here’s information you need on West Virginia

Whether you are thinking of moving there or planning a pleasure trip you need information West Virginia. After researching I have found some great information to help you with your trip. Whether you are visiting to learn more about the Civil War or coming to check out all four seasons that West Virginia gets to experience you will not leave disappointed. West Virginia has lots to offer those thinking of moving to a new area.

Check out what you need to know about West Virginia.

Before you move you should find out the area you plan to move to. Are the schools good? Is it close to stores, your work, etc? You’ll need to know where some important government buildings are so you can do things like change your drivers license and find information on schools.  WV.gov gives you all that information West Virginia and more.  The mountain state has 24,231 square miles with a population of 1,852,994 people. The capital city is Charleston and has a population of 54000. There’s two main types of industries in West Virginia. Agriculture is the first. It makes a large dent in the local economy and provides a lot of jobs and income. Industrial is the next industry bringing lots of good jobs for the people of West Virginia. Tourism makes up a smaller chunk of how West Virginia makes it’s money.

What to do in West Virginia

There’s so many fun places to go and see in West Virginia. Harpers Ferry was the site where the Confederate took over the Army’s arsenal. There’s many civil war sites to explore. Check out this list of Civil War reenactments and watch history in action.  You can check out a trip to Carnifex Ferry Battleground State Park.  Why not take a fall trip and enjoy the colors and visit Morgan’s Orchard. Whether you are a civil war buff or are looking to move to West Virginia there are a lot of fun things to do in this small but mighty state. What have you done in West Virginia? Leave me a comment and tell me something I’ve not yet done here!

 

Traveling West Virginia

Traveling West Virginia
Traveling West Virginia
West Virginia is known primarily for coal mining and logging.  However, there is so much more to be seen and done in West Virginia.
There is so much to do there and we love to offer information for West Virginia.
FOR FAMILIES…
Billy Bob’s Wonderland is located in Barboursville, WV and is the perfect attraction for families.  This family friendly facility has a wide variety of arcade games along with laser tag, mini gulf, and daily performances from the Rock-Afire Explosion Band.  For more information, check them out on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/billy.b.wonderland
FOR ENTERTAINMENT…
If you want to spend a weekend living the luxurious life, check out the Greenbrier Casino Club.  This 103,000 square-foot casino and filled with slot machines and table games.  Dressing up is a requirement at this fine establishment, giving you a top of the line atmosphere. Greenbrier also has state of the art lodging options and a world-renowned mineral spa.  Learn more about the amenities here: http://greenbrier.com/casino
Looking for a more laid back gaming atmosphere?  Try the Mardi Gras Casino & Resort!  The Mardi Gras Casino & Resort features table games along with live greyhound betting and over 1,000 slot machines.  Book a room in their luxury hotel to receive a complimentary breakfast, valet parking, and more.  For more information, visit them online:  http://mardigrascasinowv.com/
FOR THE SPORTS FAN…
West Virginia has a minor-league baseball team affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The West Virginia Miners play their games at the West Virginia Power/Appalachian Power Park.  For tickets and more information, log on here:  http://www.wvpower.com
FOR THE HISTORY BUFF…
West Virginia is home to many historial landmarks, including a Civil War Reenactment in August.  This event is free to the public and will feature firing demos, authentic living replicas, and even the opportunity to meet with General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.  For dates and times, visit here:  http://www.talawv.com
West Virginia, Wild and Wonderful, has more attractions and activities than one could possibly write in one post.  Be sure to contact their tourism department for a full list of details:  http://www.wvtourism.com/default.aspx

Fun, Free Activities for Kids to do in West Virginia

Fun, Free Activities for Kids to do in West Virginia

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As a family we are always looking to take budget friendly family vacations. You will not believe all the fun free activities there is to do in West Virginia. Make sure you check out this great list of fun places to go and things to see. Your wallet will thank you and so will your family.

1. West Virginia Department of Culture and History operates 6 museums that are all free to the public. Check out the link to see all that these cool museums have to offer.

2. Huntington Museum of Art offers a free Saturday time from 1-3. It’s offered every Saturday and open to the public for kids from k-5th grade. They do a new arts and craft project every Saturday.

3. International Mother’s Day Shrine was started because the founders of Mother’s Day lived down the street. It’s a wonderful exhibit for moms everywhere.

4. Ritter Park is a fun free park for kids. They can zip line, dig for dinosaur bones, play at the playground, explore a castle and even watch a water show. So much to do you may need to pack a lunch and stay all day.  If you are into geocaching there’s a geocache hidden here. That’s such fun for my family because we are into geocaching!

5. Hike the Appalachain Trails are always free and have beautiful scenery. Another great place you could pack a picnic lunch and spend a day with family enjoying the outdoors.

What fun things have you found to do in West Virginia? Let me know of any free activities for kids that your family had fun doing in a comment! I may just write a blog post around it!

 

Carnifex Ferry Battleground State Park

Carnifex Ferry BattlegroundA 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...]

Fall Trip to Morgan Orchard

Morgan Orchard West Virginia peaches apples pick your ownWhen 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...]

Favorite Foods of the WV State Fair

State Fair of WV favorite foodWhen 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

2013 State Fair of West Virginia

2013 West Virginia State FairIt’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

West Virginia Farmer’s Markets: Greenbrier Valley

West Virginia Farmer's Market in Lewisburg, WV   West Virginia Farmer's Market in Lewisburg, WV

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: A West Virginia Band

Harmony Creek Junction

Harmony Creek Junction - Information West Virginia
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.
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John Henry Days, Talcott, West Virginia

John Henry Days in Talcott, West Virginia

John Henry Days 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.