You Need To Be In Wardensville, WV For Earth Day: Here’s Why!
Are you searching for the perfect weekend getaway on the country roads of West Virginia AND want to celebrate this beautiful planet we all live on? Well, I have the travel tip for you: head to Wardensville, West Virginia, Saturday, April 23rd!
Where is Wardensville?
This small town is right off the highway to Canaan Valley or Seneca Rocks. It’s a charming destination that’s well worth the stop. Wardensville, WV is the home of the Wardensville Garden Market, an award-winning non-profit best known for its famous cinnamon rolls, as well as its mission to hire and inspire Appalachian youth. Through exploratory Living Classrooms like their organic farm, from-scratch bakery, glassblowing studio and recently expanded farmhouse market, youth are given hands-on opportunities and exposure to culture beyond just an entry-level job.
What’s Happening on Earth Day?
So, what’s happening in Wardensville the weekend of April 23rd? A gorgeous Spring Saturday that is full of free events! The Wardensville Garden Market will be hosting their 7th Annual Earth Day on the Farm event, but for the first time, it’s a festival! This event will be the grand opening of their Food Truck for their coming-soon restaurant, the unveiling of their new onsite Farm Stand, and feature a personal peek into their organic farm’s sustainability practices. The self-proclaimed ‘farm nerds’ will be hosting farms tours and local herbalist Leenie Hobbie will be giving a native plant walk where visitors can stroll down to the lower fields of this historic 100-acre Farm along the Cacapon River. Catch Live Music from Dakota Karper, who includes storytelling about the Old-Time Jam traditions of Appalachia followed by a genuine Old-Time Jam with the Cat and The Fiddle Music School. Conservation educators from around the state will also be joining, including WV Raptors who will be giving a live Falconry Demonstration, along with plenty of earth-loving local vendors teaching free workshops and demonstrations all day.
Don’t miss out on this lineup – follow their event page for updates!
What Else Can I Do?
The Town of Wardensville will be hosting a Tree Planting at the local park, and all volunteers are welcome to get their hands dirty. After stopping by the Earth Day Fest, grab some delicious snack packs in the market to take with you to explore a nearby resort, beloved for its natural springs and scenic trails, both on and near the lush property. This Earth Day weekend also aligns with Capon Springs & Farms 90th Anniversary, so it is the perfect time to lengthen your stay in the area and enjoy all the festivities this beautiful region has to offer!
Other must-stops on Wardensville’s Main Street include the Lost River Trading Post which features over 200 local artists and American-made makers, a from-scratch bakery, craft beer wine and espresso bar. Word Play, an independent book and game store, is where you can find your next great read, along with games, puzzles, art and science kits for all ages.
Earth Day is more than just a day but a lifestyle that we should all try to embody! We can do this by making simple changes to our day-to-day activities like keeping a reusable water bottle, shopping bag and utensils in our cars. We can be environmentally conscious when planting invasive plants in our neighborhoods or cutting away native plants that feed and give refuge to the local critters who depend on them. Take a weekend in West Virginia as an opportunity to enjoy Almost Heaven here on Earth
Culture Explorer: Natalie Mayfield
Natalie is the Marketing Lead at Farms Work Wonders and grew up in the tiny town of Yellow Spring, WV. She is a current Graduate student at West Virginia Univerisity, completing her Integrated Marketing Communications M.S . She is excited to share all her “in the know” local secrets with you!
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This post was last updated on April 13, 2022