Category Archives: WV Travel

Where to go and what to do in WV

Gary Bowling’s House of Art (Bluefield)

I can’t do this place justice. Anything I write and even the numerous photos I took won’t convey the magic that is (or was – they are planning on closing their location on Bland St in Bluefield at the end … Continue reading

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Bramwell Oktoberfest and (short trips to) Pinnacle Rock and Pocahontas VA

First, a brief stop at nearby (to Bramwell) Pinnacle Rock http://www.pinnaclerockstatepark.com/ to stamp our VIPP cards http://www.wvstateparks.com/community/vipp.htm. Pinnacle Rock State Park pretty much consists of that big rock and a shelter and some interesting fungus among us: Now, on to Bramwell. During the early … Continue reading

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Castle Halloween Museum (Benwood)

Though we visited several years ago I thought it an appropriate time to post about a seemingly little known WV haunt that’s been one of my favorite tours to date. The Castle Halloween Museum http://www.castlehalloween.com is located out a little holler … Continue reading

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Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (Weston)

The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, run by the WV state government, began serving patients in 1864. It was designed on the Kirkbride plan http://www.kirkbridebuildings.com/ (you can get lost in the history and photos on this website) to be completely self-sufficient and … Continue reading

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Thurmond and Prince C&O Depots

“The sidewalk looked like Broadway there on a Saturday night.” – shopkeeper referencing Thurmond, WV in its heyday during the early 1900s Though not home to a mine, Thurmond became a major hub for the C&O due to its strategic site … Continue reading

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Eastern Panhandle

For the 2013 Labor Day holiday weekend, Magellan and I decided to tour WV’s eastern panhandle. Magellan grew up in Hedgesville in Berkeley County and we’ve traveled through the area on occasion to visit his family. In addition to spending … Continue reading

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Blennerhassett (Parkersburg, WV)

On a recent pretty Sunday, Magellan and I headed up to Parkersburg to check out Blennerhassett Island. It’s a short drive from Charleston and, we discovered, a nice way to spend an afternoon. Not much is open in downtown Parkersburg … Continue reading

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