West Virginia

Mountaineers Are Always Free!

West Virgina
West Virginia is in the Appalachian and Southeastern regions of the United States. The capital and largest city is Charleston. It became a state following the Wheeling Conventions, breaking away from Virginia during the American Civil War. West Virginia was the only state to form by seceding from a Confederate state, and was one of only two states formed during the American Civil War. It was originally part of the British Virginia Colony (from 1607 to 1776) and the western part of the state of Virginia (from 1776 to 1863), whose population became sharply divided over the issue of secession from the Union and in the separation from Virginia, formalized by admittance to the Union as a new state in 1863.

West Virginia is located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain range, and the state is entirely mountainous, giving reason to the nickname The Mountain State and the motto Montani Semper Liberi (“Mountaineers are always free.”). The area was a favorite hunting ground of numerous Native American peoples before the arrival of European settlers. Many ancient man-made earthen mounds from various mound builder cultures survive, especially in the areas of Moundsville, South Charleston, and Romney.

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The highest point in the state is atop Spruce Knob, at 4,863 ft (1,482 m),[9] and is covered in a boreal forest of dense spruce trees at altitudes above 4,000 feet (1,200 m). Spruce Knob lies within the Monongahela National Forest and is a part of the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area.

The state has a rich, lush beauty reflecting its temperate topography. Tourist sites include the New River Gorge Bridge, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and other state parks. The Greenbrier hotel and resort, originally built in 1778, has long been considered a premier hotel frequented by numerous world leaders and U.S. Presidents over the years. West Virginia is also home to the Green Bank Telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

Beckley Exhibition Coal and the Youth Museum
These popular institutions officially joined in 2002, in an effort to portray the history, culture and character of this uncommon coal-mining region.
Blenko Glass Company
Located in Milton, WV Blenko Glass is an American institution and has been in business since 1893.
Former West Virginia Penitentiary
The former West Virginia Penitentiary is a gothic style fortress situated in the heart of historic Moundsville, West Virginia The structure encompasses over ten acres of ground and was the second public building constructed by the newly formed state of West Virginia after the Civil War.
John Brown Wax Museum
The John Brown Wax Museum graphically tells the story of John Brown and the raid on Harpers Ferry. Voice, music, & animation enhance the experience.
Lost World Caverns
Descend 120 feet below the Earth’s surface into a vast wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Lost World Caverns, discovered in 1942, is a truly magical place for both young and old.


Highways form the backbone of transportation systems in West Virginia. The state is crossed by six interstate highways. Airports, Railroads, Amtrak, and two tourist railroads (Cass Scenic Railroad, and the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad), along with rivers complete the commercial transportation modes.

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