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West Virginia

West Virginia State Map - EVSP

History: West Virginia became a state on June 20, 1863. It was the 35th state to join the United States.

Mother's Day was first observed in West Virginia on May 10, 1908.

Famous People from Virginia: Stonewall Jackson, Brad Paisley, Steve Harvey, Pearl S. Buck, Mary Lou Retton (see http://www.biography.com/people/groups/born-in-west-virginia for a more comprehensive list)

  • State Capital: Charleston, West Virginia
  • State Nickname (Official): “The Mountain State”
    The Appalachian Mountains extend through the eastern portion of the state, giving it this nickname.
  • Largest Cities (Population): Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Morgantown, Wheeling
  • Average Climate: 26-85°F (average low in winter to average high in summer)
  • Regional Foods: Ramps, biscuits, pepperoni rolls, venison, morel mushrooms, beans and cornbread, apple butter, Italian food, West Virginia hot dogs (see http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/west-virginia/wv-foods/)

GOVERNMENT OFFICES / RESOURCES

TRAVEL, CONVENTION, AND VISITORS BUREAUS

Comprehensive Visitors Guide: https://visitwv.com/

HISTORIC SITES

  • Cass Scenic Railroad State Park (Cass, WV)
    Location of original steam locomotives, a museum and tours of the historic railroad
  • Exhibition Coal Mine (Beckley, WV)
    Allows visitors to ride through an underground coal mine with former miners as their guides
  • Seneca Caverns (Riverton, WV)
    Where the native people took shelter in the early 1400s
  • West Virginia Penitentiary (Weston, WV)
    The largest hand-cut stone masonry building in the hemisphere (historical mental asylum)
  • Governor’s Mansion (Charleston, WV)
    Mansion filled with antiques, silver, porcelains, chandeliers and other artifacts

Comprehensive listing of historic sites in West Virginia is available at http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/west-virginia/historic-places-in-wv/

PARKS / RECREATION

THEATERS, MUSEUMS, AND LIBRARIES

SPORTING EVENTS / VENUES

Major College Athletic Programs in West Virginia include:

Minor / Major League Sports

Minor league sports teams in West Virginia include: