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Thurmond Train Day

Discover what life was like in one of the New River Gorge’s most renowned towns! Explore the historic railroad town

Mark Twain Afternoon

Celebrate the life of American author and humorist Samuel L. Clemens on the anniversary of his death in 1910. Doug Riley portrays "Mark Twain" in Ripley's historic Alpine Theatre, 210 W. Main Street in Ripley. The performance is through the WV Humanities Council's History Alive!

Spring Hill Cemetery Founders Day Program

A walking tour of Spring Hill Cemetery Park and Arboretum with re-enactors of some of Charleston's Founding Figures. The tour will showcase historic monuments with an optional guided history and tree tour. (Parking is limited. See trolley details under Carriage Trail Leaf Walk)... expanded for website to include the following:....Spring Hill Cemetery Park and Arboretum-- a quiet place of repose for the deceased and a restful, scenic park for the living----Spring Hill Cemetery is listed on the National Historic Register and is one of our city’s greatest assets. A beautiful place for walking, bird watching, and arboretum touring, Spring Hill provides spectacular views of Charleston and a recreational area for running, biking, hiking or a peaceful respite from life’s hectic pace. Our city’s history can be told through the headstones found here.

WV FILMmakers Festival

The first West Virginia FILMmakers Festival was held in the spring of 2001 at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in historic Sutton, West Virginia. Co-founded by Kevin Carpenter and Steve Fesenmaier to showcase West Virginia’s best filmmakers. Films are now shown primarily at the Elk Theatre, a Historic 1930s one-screen theater on Main Street in downtown Sutton. Filmmaking seminars, other festival activities, and after-parties with live music are held at the Landmark Studio for the Arts. Hosted every October, the festival has become the singular celebration of West Virginia Filmmakers. The festival is characterized by enlightening films, networking opportunities, live music, and great parties. The West Virginia FILMmakers Festival is a wonderful venue for meeting filmmakers, actors, and industry contacts, while experiencing the latest produced films reflecting trends, techniques, and technology. This three-day festival takes place every year on the first weekend of October with screening taking place in Historic Downtown Sutton, WV at the Elk Theatre. All access passes can be purchased before the festival at the official website listed below for $25. Passes at the door are $30 or $10 per screening. See event website for all details.

Pirate Day – “Secrets of the Dead: Blackbeard’s Lost Ship”

We will be showing a film about the pirate know as Blackbeard, "Secrets of the Dead: Blackbeard’s Lost Ship” (60 min). The most infamous pirate of his day, Blackbeard inspired fear in all who crossed his path. 300 years later, his flag ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, is being excavated by a group of marine archaeologists. His story is revealed by careful preservation and analysis of the ship’s remains, including cannons, guns, anchors, and even gold. Did you know that the Upper Ohio River Valley was plagued by pirates as well? See the front of this flyer for “Pirate Day” activities held today.

Historic Arts Workshop: Waste Paper Basket with Helen Efaw

Learn to make a waste paper basket with locally acclaimed basket weaver, Helen Efaw. The basket will have two wooden handles. The class is designed for the beginner as well as the advanced beginner in the art of basket weaving. This is an all-day class so bring your own lunch.

Twilight Penitentiary Tours

Hours: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Price: $30/person ages 13 and older. Come spend the twilight hours with us, and get a THRILL of a lifetime!! You will receive a 90-minute guided tour full of historic and paranormal information, and then have an opportunity to roam the halls on your own.

Twilight Penitentiary Tours

7pm – 10pm $30/person 13 and older Come spend the twilight hours with us, and get a THRILL of a lifetime!! You will receive a 90-minute guided tour full of historic and paranormal information, and then have an opportunity to roam the halls on your own.