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St. Albans Founders Day

The 15th Annual St. Albans Founders Day will be held on Main Street, Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 10am –

Bridge Day

Bridge Day is West Virginia’s largest single-day festival and one of the largest extreme sports events in the world. Held

West Virginia Pumpkin Festival

Since 1986 West Virginia Pumpkin Park in Milton has celebrated the glory of autumn and  the harvest with the West Virginia

Bramwell Christmas Tour of Homes

Experience Christmas in a small Victorian town with this annual holiday tour. A select number of mansions will be open

Captain Flagg’s US Quartermaster City, 1864: Prospects of Peace

Experience this yuletide event from the war that determined the union of the states and the eventual freedom of four million enslaved people.

St. Albans History and Mystery Tour

Take a 1.5 mile walk through St. Albans, learning about the history and legends surrounding the town. Two formats of tours: guided ($10 for adults, $5 for children) and self-guided ($5 for adults, $2.50 for children). Bring a canned good for $1 off each ticket (must be undamaged and not expired) for donation to a St. Albans charity. (Limit 1 can per person for discount.)

Slavery, the Abolitionist Movement, and Reflections of Jefferson

Bill Barker will portray our third president. Join us for an insightful dramatic presentation on the issue of slavery.

Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival

The Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival (MOVMCF) is a free annual festival which encourages the appreciation and recognition of community diversity through entertainment, cuisine, education, and artistic expression of all cultures. It celebrates diversity with a smorgasbord of artists and performers. The goal of the MOVMCF is to highlight a variety of cultural and ethnic groups, showcasing artistic performances of traditional music and dance. This year’s three-day event is June 15-17th, 2018, at Parkersburg (WV) City Park. The audience sits in the open air to watch the performers on a covered outdoor main stage. The event features traditional and contemporary music and dance performances of varying artistic, cultural, and ethnic traditions, all featured on a main stage. In addition to live performances, the festival features strolling artists, a variety of ethnic food vendors, traditional crafters and demonstrations, and a special Children’s Activity Center.

Bramwell’s Spring Tour of Historic Homes

Go back in time and visit the town of Millionaires with a self-guided walking tour featuring rows of Victorian homes built during the height of the West Virginia coal industry. The homes date back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Quaint brick streets line the way, with delightful stores and restaurants on Bramwell’s Main Street.

36th Annual Lewisburg Home and Garden Tour

Join us for a weekend that explores the rich heritage of Greenbrier County's past and present. Visit several beautiful homes in the Valley to learn how the area's architecture was influenced, see historic artifacts, private collections and lovely spring gardens.

Annual Blue & Gray Reunion

Weekend events commemorating the First Land Battle of the Civil War fought in Philippi, VA June 3, 1861...reenactments, skirmishes, Confederate and Union camps, crafters and food vendors, Grand Parade, horse and buggy parade, Kids' Day/Walking History, tours of historic Barbour County Courthouse, 5K race, kayak and SUP races, live entertainment, Community Choir Concert, Civil War Ball, Chili CookOff, quilt show, and ladies' tea.

Vandalia Gathering

Enjoy traditional Appalachian music concerts and competitions, dancing, arts and crafts, foods and liars contest at this popular Memorial Day weekend event. Youth activities focus on culture and heritage; impromptu jam sessions dot the capitol grounds. The annual West Virginia Quilt Exhibition opens this weekend in the Great Hall of the Culture Center.

Siege of Fort Randolph

See demonstrations and learn about frontier life skills in the Fort and nearby Indian Village. Outdoor Drama on Saturday. Schedule: Friday, May 18 – School tours, 9 am to 2 pm; Gates close at 5 pm. Saturday, May 19 – Demonstrations 9 am to noon; Trade blanket shopping 9 am to 11 am; Flag Raising Ceremony, 10 am; Magistrate Court, 12:30 pm; “The Siege of Fort Randolph: The Death of Cornstalk” Outdoor Drama, 2 pm; Running of the Gauntlet at the Indian Village, 3 pm; Auction, 4 pm. Gates close at 5 pm. Sunday, May 20 – Gates open at 9 am; Church services, 10 am. Gates close at 2 pm. Gift shop is open during Fort hours. General Admission is $3, Children 6 and under free.

OLD MONROE: Spring Historic Home Tour, Lectures, Art Show

The Historic Home Tour includes homes with log cabin structural components and/or a connection to our town's African American history. The tour also includes special access to Elmwood on Thursday and Friday evenings, May 3rd and 4th from 6pm-10pm, to enjoy several fascinating frontier history presentations along with an art show all catering to this year's theme. Proceeds from the tour will be used to carry out repairs and build a four board fence around the Historic African American Cemetery. The Spring Historical Homes Tour will take place on Saturday, May 5th, 2018. Tickets are $20 and they may be purchased at Tomlinson’s Union Country Store. Tickets may also be purchased by out of the area folks using a credit card by phoning Tomlinson’s Store at 304-772-5205. These tickets will be available at the ‘Will Call’ station at Elmwood (property 2) on the day of the event. For more detailed information, download a copy of tour brochure at MCHDWV.COM, and/or email: info@mchdwv.com.

Antique Gas Engine Show

Enjoy Exhibits of working saw mill, displays of small engines, antique tractors, over 30 historic buildings and other numerous exhibits. Tractor Pull - Saturday at 1 pm. Church Services - Sunday at 9 am. Gospel Sing - Sunday at 1:30. Country Kitchen & Country Store will be open. Camping is available.

OLD MONROE: Recollections of a Frontier Past 1770-1820

Join us in recalling Monroe County's frontier past. between the years of 1770 to 1820. Learn about our frontier forts and the use of long rifles on the frontier. Join living historians as they portray frontier men/women, militia, hunters/trappers, Native Americans and founders of the town of Union, at the living history encampment on Pump Street on Friday and Saturday, May 4th & 5th. Also, enjoy Native American family story telling on Saturday from 1pm-5 pm at Ames Claire Hall in town. These activities will be concurrent with our Spring Historic Home Tour on May 5th noted separately, as well as the special frontier history presentations and African American Arts show to be hosted at the beautifully restored Elmwood Plantation House on May 3rd & 4th from 6pm-10pm.

House and Garden Tours

Be sure to visit "Homes on Tour" for a look at the beautiful historic homes open for viewing during the 62nd Annual House and Garden Tour. Docents from garden clubs throughout the region guide guests through these homes and gardens, describing the architecture, furnishings and plantings, as well as genealogical information or historical events that may have taken place on the grounds or within the walls. Club members also volunteer their time and talents by providing beautiful flower arrangements to decorate the homes. Tours are scheduled at the end of April in order to capture spring's beauty at its peak. Complete Tour Advanced: $20.00 Adults, $10.00 Children (12 & under) Day of Tour will be $25.00 Adults, $10.00 Children (12 & under) Day of Tour Single will be $10.00 Adults, $8.00 Children (12 & under)

Film – “The Real George Washington”

Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday (February 22, 1732) with this National Geographic film that reveals the man behind the myth. Join an excavation team at Washington’s childhood home, and see how a team of forensic scientists and artists recreate a realistic image of Washington’s face. (50 min).

Guyandotte Civil War Days

Guyandotte Civil War Days focuses its programs on this historic event in an effort to celebrate and promote the rich heritage of the area. The re-enactment of the Confederate raid on Saturday is the highlight of this event. The re-enactment is a true re-enactment based on known historical facts concerning the November 10,1861, skirmish.    The re-enactment of the Union Troops recapturing the town on Sunday will demonstrate the actual events of November 11, 1861. Re-enactments of known historic events and living history scenarios will be presented over the weekend. Be sure to check out the display cases at the Guyandotte Library for a display of Civil War facts and photographs.   During both days there will be many other scenarios of life during the war years, including exhibitions by military field surgeons. There will be a pavilion where you can meet local area authors. There will be multiple "Sutlers" when you can buy period clothing, merchandise and souvenirs.

Heritage Day at Adaland

Crafts Demonstrations. Heritage Day at the Barn directs the spotlight on the restored barn where a varied collection of reproductions of equipment and tools owned by Augustus Modisett, builder of the mansion house, are displayed. The Modisett farm was settled in 1807 with the Modisett family living in a double log cabin on the property until the mansion house was built in 1872. A line up of guest demonstrators will share 1800 style heritage skills including the spindle, early farming skills, weaving and spinning, and dulcimer playing. The public is invited to bring their dulcimers and psaltries and play heritage music. Open to the public. Visitors may bring lunch to eat at the barn. Lunches will also be for sale. $10.00 each plus tip.

Freshwater Folk Festival

The Freshwater Folk Festival is a full day of splendid music, tasty food, local crafts and fun hands-on educational activities built around the Festival mission which -- to promote understanding, appreciation and conservation of freshwater resources and to celebrate the local natural history and culture of White Sulphur Springs and Greenbrier County.

Jackson’s Mill Jubilee

A celebration of Appalachian Heritage, Educational Demonstrations, featuring Indigenous and Bluegrass music concerts, Native American Style Dancing, Chainsaw Carvings, Gristmill demos, Homestead Activities, Photography, Needle Arts and Quilt Show, Antique Tractors and Engines, Carriage Rides, Civil War Encampment, Top quality Artisans, a Zip Line for the active ones, and Kid’s Land for the younger festival participants. Foods – BBQ (Chicken, Beef, & Pork), Homemade Donuts and Ice Cream, Deep Fried Pickles, and more. Fun for the entire family. Hours: Fri. Noon-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Beverly Heritage Days / Battle of Rich Mountain Reenactment

Living history from Pioneer Days, Civil War and World War II; Craft demonstrations, Music, Food, and more. Historic periods dance. All-weekend event culminates in the Battle of Rich Mountain reenactment on Sunday. Experience centuries of history in historic Beverly. Small town. . .big history!

New Deal Festival

The New Deal Festival is held annually on the second Saturday in July to celebrate the unique history of the nation’s first New Deal Subsistence Homestead Community of Arthurdale. The event is sponsored by Arthurdale Heritage, Inc., the non-profit organization that formed to “restore yesterday for tomorrow” with the mission of preserving the history of Arthurdale for generations to come. This quaint 1930s-40s style festival features artisan demonstrations, craft market, children’s activities, new exhibits in the New Deal Homestead Museum, tours of the Arthurdale Historic District, a visit from Eleanor Roosevelt, and much more. Arthurdale was founded in 1933 as the nation’s first New Deal Subsistence Homestead Community by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration. The community provided jobs, education, and modern housing for impoverished, unemployed miners living in destitute coal camps in West Virginia. It also served as a laboratory for new educational, industrial, and farming techniques.

Meet Amos Skillett

Storyteller Jerry Vencill of Pounding Mill, VA offers a presentation as Amos Skillett, a circuit-riding preacher from the 1800's. It begins at 2:00 p.m. in the historic Alpine Theatre. Ripley's namesake is Harry Ripley, a saddleback preacher who died in 1830 as the community was being organized.

Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival

The Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival is the premier heritage festival in West Virginia. It is an annual festival held every 3rd weekend in June in Ansted WV! It is hosted by the AIM/Hometown Mountain Heritage Committee. Activities include Coal Shoveling contest, Hometown 5-K Run, Flea Market, Kids Carnival, Heritage Demonstrations, Chain Saw Artist, Horseshoe Pitching Contest, Memorabilia Displays, Arts & Crafts Vendor Booths, and more.

Lewisburg Home & Garden Tour

Join us for a weekend that explores the rich heritage of Greenbrier County's past and present. Visit several beautiful homes in the Valley to learn how the area's architecture was influenced, see historic artifacts, private collections and lovely spring gardens. June 9 - 5-7PM - Mix and mingle at the opening Gala in the spectacular new home of Mr. Angus Peyton where handsome antiques are puntuated by a modern setting. June 10 - 10AM-5PM - A tradition of the Home & Garden Tour, patrons visit a selection of beautiful private homes in the area. June 11 - 1-4PM - Complete the weekend in charming White Sulphur Springs with an historic presentation and afternoon tea in Saint Thomas Episcopal Church.

Skirmish On The River

Come see how your ancestors lived during that turbulent time! There are live battles on Saturday and Sunday. Educational Day for students is Friday. Ladies Tea Saturday at Noon. Period costumes and Dance Saturday night. Cannon Night Firing. Camps open to the public all weekend.

Lecture – “Beneath the Poppies and Crosses: What Archaeology Reveals about the First World War”

By Hank Lutton, Curator, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex. April 2017 marks the centenary of the United States’ entry into the First World War. To observe the anniversary, this program examines the recent contributions that archaeology has made to better understand “the war to end all wars.” By highlighting battlefield excavations, personal artifacts, and the forensic analysis of the fallen from unmarked graves, this lecture will reveal recent discoveries that are transforming our knowledge of how individual soldiers lived and died a century ago.

Civil War Symposium: Yankees, Rebels & Rabble-Rousers

A Civil War symposium featuring commanders who inspired, astonished, and bewildered! Presented by the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation. Speakers include Rick Wolfe, Hunter Lesser, Scott Patchan, and Dr. Billy Joe Peyton. Cost--$30 Student Price--$15. Optional dinner to follow (additional cost).

Way Back Weekend- Christmas Village

Celebrate the most wonderful time of year, as the village brings you West Virginia’s best artisans in woodworking, spinning, soap making, and so much more. Plenty of song, laughter, and joy for the entire family! *WBW's events include: museum tours, wagon rides, petting zoo, food for purchase and other hands-on farm fun!

Native American Heritage Month Lecture: The Trail of Tears Experience of Ohio’s Iroquois

Christopher B. Chaney, Unit Chief, Criminal Justice Information Law Unit, FBI Office of the General Counsel Mr. Chaney is a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation from Oklahoma who currently resides in West Virginia. In 1832, Seneca and Shawnee tribal members living in Ohio were forcibly removed from their homes and faced deprivation and death on the Trail of Tears. Upon arrival in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), the tribal members forged a new way of life only to find their dreams shattered by the Civil War. Key to the survival of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation during this tumultuous time was Quashacaugh, also known as Lewis Davis, who is Mr. Chaney’s great- great-grandfather.

Hot Fuel, Way Back Weekend presented by State Electric Supply Co.

The heat is on! Learn all about the fire that fueled 19th-century Appalachian progress. Get up close with glass making and pottery firing, and engage your senses in a live blacksmith shop! Tickets are $15 adult and $10 child (2 and under, free) or purchase an Annual Saturday pass, which will give you entry into every Saturday, including Way Back Weekends, valid for one year after purchase date. Individual passes are $30 each, and family passes, which cover two adults and any child under 18 in the home, are $75. Visit bit.ly/2cKYIEC to purchase!

Candle Making Demo @ Pricketts Fort

Come out and see the process of candle making in the 18th century. Also learn some of the different methods of lighting as candles are being produced.

The Shamrock Shore

Limerick, Ireland native Mick Moloney leads a presentation of Irish culture and history at home and abroad.

Blennerhassett Island Mansion by Candlelight

Return to the era of the Blennerhassetts and enjoy an enchanted evening on Blennerhassett Island. After an authentic sternwheeler cruise to the Island, experience a harvest dinner, horse-drawn wagon rides and music, games and dancing of the period. Reservations required.

Huntersville Traditions Days

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.

Volcano Days

Go back in time and experience the history of where it all began. The festival features an antique steam and gas engine show, model railroad display, kiddie tractor pulls, corn meal grinding, apple butter making, historic wagon rides, crafts and flea market, food vendors and entertainment.

HEARTH COOKING DEMO AT PRICKETTS FORT

Come out and tour the fort and smell the food cooking over an open hearth, the way food was prepared during the colonial period of our history. Recipes will be available upon request. Regular admission applies.

Penitentiary Photography Tour

$100/person Photography License Agreement available Introducing West Virginia Penitentiary’s Photography Tour! This is not a guided tour, you will be roaming at your own pace and leisure after a brief walk-through. The gate will be opened approximately 15 minutes prior to the tour time for check-in. Each photographer is responsible for their own equipment, and is required to sign a waiver/agreement upon check-in. June, July, and August you will be sharing the facility with tour groups. We ask that you refrain from blocking doors and pathways, and keep the floor clear of equipment that may cause a hazard to guests. During your photography tour, you will be allowed access to areas that are not accessible to the public on a regular basis. The areas that are available during a photography tour are as follows: (a map is available upon request) The Sugar Shack The Boiler Room The Infirmary The Psych Ward North and South recreation yards North Hall and New Wall (cell blocks) Visitation Kitchen and Cafeteria You do not have to be a professional photographer to take advantage of this opportunity. We welcome professionals, amateurs, artists, and everyone in between! You may bring drinks and snacks, NO ALCOHOL. Please pick up and dispose of your mess. There is no heat or air conditioning throughout our facility. The building will be extremely HOT in the summer and extremely COLD in the winter. Please dress according to the weather! We will NOT postpone due to rain, this is a rain-or-shine event. Tickets are Non-Refundable and MUST be purchased online. Online ticket sales end at 9:00pm EST the evening before a scheduled photography tour to notify staff to be on hand. *We offer a Group Rate for schools and students. *Special pricing for filming Please call 304-845-6200 for Pricing and Details.

10th Anniversary of Hygeia Spa at Capon Springs

Hygeia Bath House & Spa celebrates its 10th annivesary with a weekend long celebration for September 16-18! •10% off all baths and swimspa reservations from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning •Free gift to all spa-goers •Saturday evening gathering with door prizes of spa products and gift certificates, free massage and reflexology samples and light refreshments

Blue Ridge Arts & Crafts Festival

Celebrate West Virginia arts, crafts, spirits, music, and food at this free family-friendly festival at the Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town, WV, near historic Harper's Ferry. Over 30 artists set up selling their wares for Mother's Day gift shopping, with artist demonstrations, a kid's arts and crafts tent, local delicious food vendors, and free samples of the distillery's limoncello and other WV spirits. Free reusable shopping bag for the first 30 attendees, with a beautiful WV state image. Door prizes, food pantry drive.

48th West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival

A celebration of West Virginia's Oil and Natural Gas Heritage. Professional Entertainment, Industry Exhibits, Antique Engines, Food, Car Show, and Crafts.

HEARTH COOKING DEMO AT PRICKETTS FORT

Come out and tour the fort and smell the food cooking over an open hearth, the way food was prepared during the colonial period of our history. Recipes will be available upon request. Regular admission applies.

SOAP MAKING DEMO AT PRICKETTS FORT

Come out and see the process of soap making in the 18th century. Regular admission applies.

Matewan Homecoming Celebration

Each September, the Matewan Homecoming celebration includes a car show, live entertainment, vendors, and a Matewan Massacre Reenactment. Fifty plaques and 40 trophies are awarded to car show participants as well as eleven special awards. Vendor spaces are free on a first come, first serve basis. Hatfield-McCoy Airboat tours, the Matewan Depot Replica, and the Mine Wars Museum are all open to the public.

Mercer County Heritage Festival

Step into the past and relive the days of Appalachian History. The Heritage Festival features Civil War storytellers, farm animals, re-enactors such as Gen. Robert E. Lee and wife, Abraham Lincoln and wife, Booker T. Washington, Mark Twain, Ostenaco (Cherokee Warrior), craftsmen, vendors, food, Native American presenters , African American presenters, blacksmithing, spinning wheel, weaving, crafts, barn dance, railroad and coal mining displays, Appalachian music, flatfooting, Ladie's tea, and much more! Friday is educational day for schools. Veteran's commemoration on Saturday and Sunday with door prizes for veterans. Civil War Era church service on Sunday morning. Small admission fee.

HEARTH COOKING DEMO AT PRICKETTS FORT

Come out and tour the fort and smell the food cooking over an open hearth, the way food was prepared during the colonial period of our history. Recipes will be available upon request. Regular admission applies.

HEARTH COOKING DEMO AT PRICKETTS FORT

Come out and tour the fort and smell the food cooking over an open hearth, the way food was prepared during the colonial period of our history. Recipes will be available upon request. Regular admission applies.

Music on Cranberry Mountain

Set against the majestic Cranberry Mountain at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center, hear the summer sounds of mountain heritage music with the Young and Restless Pickers. Bring a picnic lunch, a lawn chair and sit under a shade tree!

West Virginia Culture Center 40th Anniversary

For 40 years, the Culture Center has been the premier welcome center for our state. Featuring the West Virginia State Museum and the West Virginia Archives, it is a special place to celebrate and discover more about our state’s heritage, culture and history. There will be special exhibits, presentations and music for the day.

Summer Star Parties at Capon Springs!

Nothing beats the chill of winter like planning a Capon summer vacation! Besides the usual daily outdoor adventures and evening events, starting July 10th we will feature several days and nights of "out of this world" programs... Here is your chance to explore our own galaxy, which seems not that far away when you use powerful telescopes! You might not find distant planets such as Takodana, Jakku or even Tatooine, but you will see constellations, clusters, nebulae and curiosities from our own solar system (including Saturn as it's brightest)! Evenings of star gazing will be combined with daily orientations about the night sky. Hosted by Shenandoah Astronomy Society president Dottie Edwards, these events are family-friendly for all ages. Tuesday evening will feature a NASA solar system ambassador talking about future explorations of the moon. Stay for as many nights as you would like! While the standard July and August vacation is still a week, during this special time period there are no minimum number of nights required.

4th of July Celebration at Oglebay

Events are held throughout the beautiful 1700 acre resort. Live music, crafts and food to suit everyone's taste. Fireworks at the resort's Schenk Lake are set for July 3rd.

History Alive’s Benjamin Franklin

An American founding father, inventor and diplomat will help kick off the Independence Day celebration at the historic Alpine Theatre in Ripley. The presentation is through the WV Humanities Council.

History Alive’s Stonewall Jackson

General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson will be the special guest on Father's Day and just prior to West Virginia Day at the historic Alpine Theatre in Ripley. The presentation is through the WV Humanities Council and the Jackson County Historical Society.

Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival

This annual fun-filled festival celebrates the area's Hatfield-McCoy history with live music, a tug of war across the river, narrated tours, re-enactments, exhibits, food, crafts, and more!

Bramwell Tour of Homes

Go back in time and visit the town of the Millionaires. This self-guided walking tour features rows of Victorian homes, all built during the height of the West Virginia coal industry. The homes date back to the late 1880s and early 1900s . Quaint brick streets line the way, with delightful stores and restaurants on Bramwell's Main Street. The event will take place at the Bramwell Presbyterian Church in Bramwell. Tickets will be sold one hour prior to the event. Interpreters will be at multiple homes to tell stories of the early days of the town.

MUSIC IN THE HILLS – Way Back Weekend

Join a celebration of folk music history with the Robin Kessinger Music Festival, featuring the West Virginia Flat Pick Guitar Championship and other live performances!

West Virginia State FLAT PICK GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIP

Come play with the best of the best at the Robin Kessinger Music Festival!

Heritage Days

Heritage Days is a two day event celebrating the rich central West Virginia culture and history. The event features a Civil War Reenactment in the City of Spencer, encampments at Spencer Civil War Park, square dancing, old-time music, seminars on old time traditional cooking, quilting, presentations by General Stonewall Jackson, museums, and much more.

Lost River Fiber Festival

Fiber is our featured craft during the month of May. This consists of many mediums, including spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing and hooking. As part of our Memorial Day weekend of activities we will have artists available demonstrating many crafts to enlighten you about the art of fiber. Other artisan demonstrations will also be presented along with live music during the course of the day. Come and spend some time with us. This Saturday the Lost River Artisans Co-op Fiber Fest will be held this Saturday from 10:00-4:00. Among other activities there will be spinning and artist demonstrations, a kiddy craft tent, sheep shearing and the world famous Walking of the Sheep (think running of the bulls, just slower, less dangerous and replace the bulls in the street with sheep meandering to the barn). The Artisans Co-op will be open Friday through Monday so stop on by!

Memorial Day Commemoration at Oglebay Resort

Numerous family events take place throughout the beautiful 1700 acre resort. Oglebay Resort is a wonderful destination located in Wheeling-WV.

Lost River State Park Summer Naturalist Events

Friday, May 27 8:00pm-9:00pm Walk In The Twilight Zone ***YPP*** Let’s take a night hike and look for bats, owls, and other night creatures! We’ll learn how these animals get around in the dark. Bring a flashlight and meet me at the pool bath House. Saturday, May 28 9:30am-10:30am Nature Center ***YPP*** Come visit the Nature Center where you will find all kinds of interesting displays and our creek aquariums of fish and other critters, plus our nature library loaded with guide books to identify everything from mushrooms to insects. 11:00am- Noon Creek Critter Crawl ***YPP*** Let’s go search Howard’s Lick for aquatic wildlife and learn about stream ecology! After collecting cool critters, we’ll identify them and what role they serve in the ecosystem and release them. Meet in front of the pool house and be ready to explore the creek and get your feet wet! 1:00pm-4:00pm Lee House Open***YPP*** Calling all history enthusiasts! Learn about the remarkable past of Lost River State Park, “Lighthorse” Harry Lee, the Lee Sulphur Springs Resort and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Follow the sign by Cabins 1&2 across from the pool. 7:00pm-8:00pm Campfire Time! Meet me at the Fire Pit across from the Rec Hall to enjoy a campfire & S’mores. Park supplies the fixings and roasting forks. If it rains, we will use the big stone fireplace in the Rec Hall. Sunday, May 29 11:00am-3:00pm Lee House Open***YPP*** Calling all history enthusiasts! Learn about the remarkable past of Lost River State Park, “Lighthorse” Harry Lee, the Lee Sulphur Springs Resort and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Follow the sign by Cabins 1&2 across from the pool.

Matewan’s Heritage Day

Each year in May, the town celebrates Heritage Day with entertainment in Matewan's plaza and a re-enactment of the Matewan Massacre, a shootout between UMWA miners and Baldwin-Felts detectives on May 19, 1920. The celebration takes place downtown with street vendors, plays and scavenger hunts.

Coal Mining, Railroad, and Scrip Trading Show

The National Coal Heritage Area is hosting the second annual Coal Mining, Railroad, and Scrip Trading Show on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Vendors will be displaying and trading coal and railroad memorabilia at the Bramwell Train Depot from 10 am to 3 pm. In addition to the trade show, we will have activities for the entire family. You may take a commerative photo on our mini refurbished train speeder and print a copy to take with you. New to the show this year is a pepperoni roll cook-off. Participants interested in the cook off must pre-register and bring a pre-baked pepperoni roll to the event. All entries are due by noon with judging and awards to follow. Concessions including snacks and drinks will also be available. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event and to register for the cook-off or as a vendor, please contact Richard Bullins at 304-248-8595 or e-mail rbullins@gmail.com.

Martinsburg Heritage Festival

Discover and celebrate the rich history of Martinsburg, WV during the annual Martinsburg Heritage Festival, with daily activities from May 13-15. You'll tour the homes of historic figures, learn about the city's Irish heritage, find the ghosts that call the city home and more. For more information about the festival, visit www.orgsites.com/wv/adam-stephen.

“Always, Patsy Cline” presented by the Buckhannon Community Theatre

Buckhannon Community Theatre is proud to announce its upcoming production of "Always, Patsy Cline" directed by Jason A. Young. "Always…Patsy Cline" is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy' unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline." This show is a traveling production, with performances in Clarksburg, Fairmont, and our home location of Buckhannon, WV. If you have conflicts, please consider attending one of our other performances. You may purchase tickets on our web-site provided. NOTE: Buckhannon locations TBA. There are senior and student discounts for tickets at $10.

20th Anniversary Spring Festival at Heritage Farm Museum & Village

Celebrate 20 years of Heritage Farm Museum & Villages signature festival as Appalachian artisans preserve interactive crafts of yesteryear! New and exciting experiences await as we unveil the Six Simple Machines Discovery Zone, Generation's murals, and the new state-of-the-art MakerSpace!

Antique Gas Engine Show

Antique Gas Engine Show; Historic Buildings and Displays; Church Services (9am) - Sunday; Gospel Sing (1:30pm) - Sunday; Country Kitchen and Store Open; Antique Tractor Pull - Saturday 1pm.

“Always, Patsy Cline” presented by the Buckhannon Community Theatre

Buckhannon Community Theatre is proud to announce its upcoming production of "Always, Patsy Cline" directed by Jason A. Young. "Always…Patsy Cline" is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy' unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline." This show is a traveling production, with performances in Clarksburg, Fairmont, and our home location of Buckhannon, WV. If you have conflicts, please consider attending one of our other performances. You may purchase tickets on our web-site provided.

“Always, Patsy Cline” presented by the Buckhannon Community Theatre

Buckhannon Community Theatre is proud to announce its upcoming production of "Always, Patsy Cline" directed by Jason A. Young. "Always…Patsy Cline" is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy' unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show's title was inspired by Cline's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed "Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline." This show is a traveling production, with performances in Clarksburg, Fairmont, and our home location of Buckhannon, WV. If you have conflicts, please consider attending one of our other performances. You may purchase tickets on our web-site provided.

Opening Weekend Party: Live Music, Fling Golf, May Day Dance

Join us Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1 for a weekend loaded with special events, favorite meals and a great rate package! Weekend Highlights Include: A Friday night front porch concert (Robbie Limon), fling golf, a Saturday BBQ chicken cook out on the Hill and more! Be the first to try a new way to enjoy Capon’s prep course! We will be introducing the latest and greatest recreational activity at Capon: Fling Golf! Come up to the prep course Saturday morning for an introduction and demonstration of this “lacrosse meets golf” game. Then play in our first best “fling golf” tourney! *BONUS: If you really want to be the first official guests of our 2016 season, add on Thursday night, April 28th, and feast on our first steak dinner on the Hill and enjoy a special Bingo Bash under the stars.

40th Annual Jackson County Quilt Show

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Jackson County Quilt Show. It is scheduled April 8-9 at Epworth United Methodist Church on North Church Street in downtown Ripley. The event is sponsored by the Jackson County CEOS. Call 304-372-8199 for information.

Murder at Main Street Estate-Mystery Dinner Affair

Its the year 1925 and the Main Street Estate is in full swing. Mr and Mrs Twyford, the humble owners of the bed and breakfast, have invited twelve distinguished guests to join them for dinner, calamity, and mystery.

SPRING BREAK HERITAGE CAMP

Spring Break Heritage Camp is a 2 day experiential learning, mini-camp experience for Kindergarten-5th Graders, throughout West Virginia's only Smithsonian Affiliate, Heritage Farm Museum & Village. From 9am-4pm campers will be encouraged to dream and create in the new MakerSpace. They will learn how the coal and train industry impacted daily life in our region and meet Simon Kenton, a frontiersman known for exploring, Kentucky and West Virginia. Children will tinker with pioneer inventions and toys, while gaining an introduction to the simple machines that still influence today. Other experiences will include photo hunts in award winning museums, wagon rides, outdoor play, and a campfire lunch!

SPRING BREAK HERITAGE CAMP

Spring Break Heritage Camp is a 2 day experiential learning, mini-camp for Kindergarten-5th Graders throughout West Virginia's only Smithsonian Affiliate, Heritage Farm Museum & Village. From 9am-4pm campers will be encouraged to dream and create in the new MakerSpace. They will learn how the coal and train industry impacted daily life in our region and meet Simon Kenton, a frontiersman known for exploring, Kentucky and West Virginia. Children will tinker with pioneer inventions and toys, while gaining an introduction to the simple machines that still influence today. Other experiences will include photo hunts in award winning museums, wagon rides, outdoor play, and a campfire lunch!

George Washington’s Bathtub Celebration

Berkeley Springs celebrates its most unique historic site, George Washington’s Bathtub, with a weekend devoted to colonial food specials, dollar sales and local history. From Friday through Sunday, March 18-20, the tiny spa town highlights the country’s only outdoor monument to presidential bathing. The stone tub located in Berkeley Springs State Park is a popular photo opportunity. For information call 800-447-8797.

Stifel Art Exhibition: Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents is a multi-media juried exhibition of top regional artists with cash prizes awarded to the winners. Opening reception is March 10, 2016. Free and open to the public. Exhibit continues through May 20. See website for daily gallery hours.

Blennerhassett Island State Park – 2/28 – WINTER LECTURE SERIES: “Mark Twain”

The 2016 Winter Lecture series has been every Sunday in February at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg, W.Va. Doug Riley is presenting a first person interpretation of Mark Twain. Mark Twain is celebrated as one of America's great authors and humorists. The four-week series, Sunday afternoon programs, begins at 2:00 p.m. the Blennerhassett Museum. Parking is free. Seating is limited and reservations are required for the lecture series. There is a small cost to the attend the lectures. As available, please call to make reservations for this final lecture.

Blennerhassett Island State Park – 2/21 – WINTER LECTURE SERIES: “Stephen Foster”

The 2016 Winter Lecture series is every Sunday in February. Steve and Lisa Ball will present the music of Stephen Foster along with the history behind each piece of music. These history presentations are educational programs featuring speakers and first-person interpreters on a variety of Ohio Valley / W.Va. topics. The four-week series consists of Sunday afternoon programs beginning at 2:00 p.m. the Blennerhassett Museum. Parking is free. Seating is limited and reservations are required for the lecture series. There is a small cost to the attend the lectures. Please make reservations for lectures, as available, you would like to attend.

Blennerhassett Island State Park – 2/14 – WINTER LECTURE SERIES: “Behind the Camera Lens”

The 2016 Winter Lecture series is every Sunday in February. Paul Borrelli is the February 14 guest speaker featuring photographic history of Parkersburg, W.Va. These history presentations are educational programs featuring speakers and first-person interpreters on a variety of Ohio Valley / W.Va. topics. The four-week series consists of Sunday afternoon programs beginning at 2:00 p.m. the Blennerhassett Museum. Parking is free. Seating is limited and reservations are required for the lecture series. There is a small cost to the attend the lectures. Please call in advance for reservations, as available, for the individual lectures or you to sign up for all four.

Blennerhassett Island State Park – 2/7 – WINTER LECTURE SERIES: “Grave Creek Mound”

The 2016 Winter Lecture series is every Sunday in February at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. Andrea Keller and Heater Cline are guest speakers on February 7. These history presentations are educational programs featuring speakers and first-person interpreters on a variety of Ohio Valley / W.Va. topics. The four-week series consists of Sunday afternoon programs beginning at 2:00 p.m. Parking is free. Seating is limited and reservations are required for lecture series attendance. There is a small cost to the attend the lectures: $5.00 per lecture for non-Friends of Blennerhassett Members and $4.00 per lecture for Friends of Blennerhassett members. Please call in advance for reservations, as available.

4th Annual Black History Month Celebration of Diversity

Join us for the 4th Annual Black History Month Celebration of Diversity on Monday, February 01, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the WV Culture and History Center Great Hall. Monday, February 01, 2016 at 4:00 PM at the WV Culture and History Center Great Hall. For additional information please call 304.558.3179

Blennerhassett Island State Park – 2/7 – WINTER LECTURE SERIES

Winter Lecture Series: "Grave Creek Mound". The 2016 Winter Lecture series is every Sunday in February. Andrea Keller and Heater Cline are February 7th guest speakers. These history presentations are educational programs featuring speakers and first-person interpreters on a variety of Ohio Valley / W.Va. topics. The four-week series consists of Sunday afternoon programs beginning at 2:00 p.m. the Blennerhassett Museum. Parking is free. Seating is limited and reservations are required for the lecture series. There is a small cost to the attend the lectures: the cost to attend the lecture series is $5.00 per lecture for non-Friends of Blennerhassett Members and $4.00 per lecture for Friends of Blennerhassett members. Please make reservations for the individual lectures you would like to attend or you can sign up for all four. To reserve your seat for history, call 304-420-4800. Find Lecture Series events and more special programs at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park on the weblink below.

Twin Falls State Park – TRACKING & WOODS LORE WEEKEND

Step back in time to the 18th century, when American Indians and European Americans lived closer to nature. Learn some of the skills that were necessary for everyday life, and learn of the cultural sharing that has made our modern lives richer. Enjoy nature, dram, tracking, and history in outdoor and indoor setting. Starts at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. Bring warm clothes, sturdy footwear, camera, binoculars, and notepad to get the most out of this weekend. The workshop is definitely family friendly, with interest for ages from 5 years to over 55. We encourage scout groups (girls & boys) to use the workshop to help them earn certain merit badges and awards in themes of history, nature study, American Indian, Pioneer, woods lore, etc. Two classes are offered for WV Master Naturalist students as well; Tracking (4 hr. credit) and Medicinal/Edible/Useful Native Plants (3 hr. credit). Overnight accommodations are available in either Twin Falls Lodge or a Twin Falls vacation cabin. Package prices include lodging, Saturday dinner, break refreshments, and all event activities. Call for pricing. Make reservations to attend.

Shepherdstown Christmas Celebration

The historic town of Shepherdstown WV will kick off its annual "Christmas in Shepherdstown" celebration on Friday, November 27, the day after Thanksgiving. The November 27 schedule will include 4:00-8:00 p.m. evening events that are traditional for the town: a bonfire, a chili and cornbread supper, the lighting of the town tree, the arrival of Santa, and children's visits with Santa. Other highlights of that weekend will be carriage rides, a special children's program at the Community Club, a live Nativity, and a Christmas sing-along at the Methodist Church. After that, there will be many different events every weekend and some weekdays until Christmas. Most events will be free. The town will hold its annual Christmas parade at 11:00 am Saturday, December 5. Each weekend will feature unique events related to various aspects of Shepherdstown's history. In particular, the December 5-6 weekend will recreate a "Civil War Christmas in Shepherdstown," with Union and Confederate encampments, lectures and panel discussions, children's activities, period music and street entertainment. Highlights of the remaining weekends before Christmas will include three performances of the Shepherdstown School of Dance's annual Nutcracker Ballet during the December 12-13 weekend and Community Caroling, a TubaChristmas Concert, and a Winter Solstice Concert the weekend of December 19 and 20. Every weekend will include children's activities; holiday marketplaces selling handmade crafts, baked goods, and greens; and special musical performances. Many shops will be open late on Fridays and Saturdays. There will be free parking in all the town's metered spaces on Friday, November 27 and every weekday from the 14th of December through January 3. There is always free parking at Shepherdstown's metered spaces on weekends. Free weekend parking is also available in the Shepherd University parking lot at High and Princess streets, one block from downtown. Events and activities will continue to be added. For an up-to-date listing of all events keep checking www.christmasinshepherdstown.com. Or contact the Shepherdstown Visitors Center at 304-876-2786 or svc@shepherdstown.info.

Veterans Day Celebration, Nov. 8-11, at Capon Springs!

Join us for a $99/person/night three night celebration of all our veterans. Special Bingo, live patriotic music and historical movie along with a special ceremony on 11/11.

NATIVE AMERICAN WEEKEND AT PRICKETTS FORT

Bring the family and enjoy an interactive history lesson which will include displays, demonstrations, and hands –on activities for the kids. Regular admission applies.

HAY EWE! WAY BACK WEEKEND

FUN, FIBER, and FARM...Make wool into clothing in a "Seed to Shawl" experience, Enjoy the "Stitches in Time" Quilt Show, Children's Adventure Hay Maze, Hay Rides, Artisans, Award Winning Exhibits, Unique Food, Petting Zoo, and More at West Virginia's Only Smithsonian Affiliate!

Helvetia Community Fair

THE HELVETIA COMMUNITY FAIR celebrates the rich culture and history of Helvetia, WV, a small Swiss community located in Randolph County. One of the oldest agricultural fairs in West Virginia, the Helvetia Community Fair encourages local families, friends, and visitors to celebrate our harvest and our heritage. Farmers, artisans, and children display their work at the Helvetia Community Hall the second full weekend in September. Canned green beans, yellow squash, pfeffernüsse cookies, tatting, wildflower arrangements, 4-H projects, watercolor paintings, and much more line the hall to honor the past year and to uphold our history. Just beyond the blue ribbon exhibits, the kitchen bustles with volunteers who prepare food for a day full of celebration. Festivities include a parade, Swiss folk dancing, Fahnenschwingen (Swiss flag swinging), Alphorn playing, yodeling, field games, relays, and a square dance. Helvetia’s original settlers proved they could withstand harsh winters and rugged terrain while retaining the traditions of their mother country, Switzerland. Our hope is that the Helvetia Community Fair reflects that character, celebrates our ancestry, and encourages our children and visitors to embrace our traditions.