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 to stamp our VIPP cards 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 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 (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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