Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park is located in the Greenbrier River Valley north of Lewisburg and is the site of West Virginia's last significant Civil War battle. On November 6, 1863, the federal army of Brigadier General William W. Averell, in his second attempt to disrupt the Virginia-Tennessee Railroad at Salem, Virginia, faced again the Confederate troops of Brigadier General John Echols. Throughout the morning, Echols' smaller confederate army held the high ground and blocked the highway with artillery, but in the afternoon was overwhelmed by the crushing advance of federal infantry on his left flank. Following the collapse of his lines, General Echols retreated south into Virginia with the remnants of his command. Federal Troops occupied Lewisburg on November 7, 1863, but being burdened with prisoners and captured livestock, General Averell elected to return to his headquarters in Beverly, West Virginia, waiting until early December to lead a third and ultimately successful attack on the vital railroad. Operations in the Shenandoah Valley in the spring of 1864 drew remaining confederate troops out of West Virginia, thus leaving the new state securely under the control of the federal government for the remainder of the war.
Huntersville Traditions Day is a way to step back in time and enjoy the Appalachian Culture by taking part in demonstrations of some of the lost arts that have disappeared through the decades. Visitors have the opportunity to tour the Huntersville School, Presbyterian and Methodist Church, Jail, Civil War Cemetery and enjoy the history throughout the Huntersville Community. You can also take a walking tour or catch a horse and buggy to enjoy making apple butter, make ice cream, spin wool, cane chairs, grind coffee, watch soap being made, listen to Beatrix Potter's story, start a hit and miss engine, take a pony ride, help make sorghum, keep in tune with the cloggers, practice muzzle leading, let the children play old time games, visit the old time post office, enjoy a cup of cider, tap your foot to mountain music and watch corn meal ground. Take a tour of the old county jail,check out the old tool wagon and enjoy a wonderful meal at the Methodist Church. Make a visit to the lunch room at the school and step back in time with Laura Ingalls and enjoy the quilt display. What a wonderful weekend in Huntersville WV of stepping back in time when life was simple and our traditions began.