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<strong>DISCOVER</strong> <strong>WEST</strong> <strong>VIRGINIA</strong>

Something for Everyone<br />

There is no better way to learn about <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> than<br />

to get out and travel.<br />

This special issue <strong>of</strong> Wonderful <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> magazine <strong>of</strong>fers themed itineraries – some for<br />

those traveling with kids and others for people whose tastes range from high adventure<br />

to high art. Whether you want to enjoy one <strong>of</strong> our state’s historic main street shopping<br />

districts, savor the local foods or check out unique science and energy museums, this issue<br />

has something for everyone.<br />

Visitors from near and far have taken notice <strong>of</strong> the flourishing opportunities in<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>. Recently, Budget Travel called Lewisburg America’s Coolest Small Town.<br />

Morgantown is on Forbes’ list for the Best Small Places for Business and Careers.<br />

Located within 500 miles <strong>of</strong> half <strong>of</strong> the U.S. population and a third <strong>of</strong> Canada’s, the<br />

Mountain State <strong>of</strong>fers diverse cultural experiences and world-class outdoor recreation<br />

activities that are both accessible and affordable. Travelers spend about $12 million dollars<br />

each day, supporting 44,000 jobs in our state’s thriving service and hospitality sectors –<br />

providing new entrepreneurial opportunities in a place that’s green and growing.<br />

So, join us for a weekend or a lifetime. Discover <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>.<br />

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin<br />

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Earl Ray Tomblin<br />

Governor, State <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong><br />

Keith Burdette<br />

Secretary, Dept. <strong>of</strong> <strong>Commerce</strong><br />

Frank Jezioro<br />

Director, Division <strong>of</strong> Natural Resources<br />

Emily J. Fleming<br />

Assistant to the Director / Legislative Liaison<br />

Wonderful <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Administrative Staff<br />

Harry F. Price, Publisher<br />

Michael Bryant, Business Manager<br />

Donna Flowers, Circulation<br />

Commissioners<br />

Jeffrey S. Bowers, Sugar Grove<br />

Byron K. Chambers, Romney<br />

Peter L. Cuffaro, Wheeling<br />

Thomas O. Dotson, White Sulphur Springs<br />

David M. Milne, Bruceton Mills<br />

David F. Truban, Morgantown<br />

Kenneth R. Wilson, Chapmanville<br />

Section Chiefs<br />

Harry F. Price, Administration<br />

Curtis I. Taylor, Wildlife Resources<br />

David E. Murphy, Law Enforcement<br />

Kenneth Caplinger, Parks and Recreation<br />

Joe T. Scarberry, Supervisor, Office <strong>of</strong> Land and Streams<br />

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Chapman Printing Company<br />

Charleston, Huntington, and Parkersburg, <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong><br />

Editor: Kim Harbour<br />

Design: Johanna Ellis – Lead Designer<br />

Rob Russo<br />

Project Management: Kim McHenry<br />

Photography: Steve Shaluta, Jr. and<br />

Ron Snow (unless noted)<br />

Writers: Andrea Bond, Leslie Fitzwater,<br />

Hoy Murphy, Courtney Sisk and<br />

Catherine Zacchi<br />

ABOUT THIS ISSUE: This special issue was<br />

produced by the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> <strong>Department</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Commerce</strong>. For more information:<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> <strong>Department</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Commerce</strong><br />

Marketing and Communications<br />

90 MacCorkle Ave., SW<br />

South Charleston, WV 25303<br />

(304) 558-2003 • <strong>Commerce</strong>ContactUs@wv.gov<br />

Director: Kim Harbour<br />

Administration: Rita Kee, Mona Dugas and<br />

Hallie Sampson<br />

Marketing: Kim McHenry, Lee Chatman<br />

Mel Hobbs, Julie McKowen<br />

Rob Russo, Steve Shaluta, Jr.,<br />

and Ron Snow<br />

Design: Johanna Ellis, Jessica Keaton,<br />

Andrew Stout, and Barry Wooldridge<br />

Media: Andrea Bond, Leslie Fitzwater,<br />

Hoy Murphy, Courtney Sisk, and<br />

Catherine Zacchi<br />

Intern: Scott Kinard<br />

Discover<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong><br />

Unexpected Itineraries <strong>of</strong> the Mountain State<br />

2 High Adventure for Beginners by Hoy Murphy<br />

Never climbed a rock wall or shot a clay pigeon or rode a zip line before?<br />

No problem! In <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> there are places that help you enjoy high<br />

adventure, even if you have low experience.<br />

8 Main Street Attractions by Leslie Fitzwater<br />

Family fun on your agenda? Look no further than one <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s<br />

Main Street communities. The hardest part <strong>of</strong> planning a Main Street<br />

getaway is deciding which town to visit first.<br />

14 American Civil War 150th Anniversary Tour by Courtney Sisk<br />

It’s been 150 years since the start <strong>of</strong> the Civil War, the conflict from which<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> was born. History comes alive at battlefields and historic sites<br />

during special events to mark the sesquicentennial.<br />

16 Power Trips: Mountain State Energy Tour by Catherine Zacchi<br />

Take a tour <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s power timeline, from production industries<br />

<strong>of</strong> the past, to generation and conservation today, to advanced technologies<br />

<strong>of</strong> tomorrow.<br />

22 Art Sparks by Andrea B. Bond<br />

Experience the wonderful in “wild and wonderful” when you explore<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s wide array <strong>of</strong> art galleries and theaters, keeping your family<br />

engaged and entertained all year long.<br />

28 High-Tech Family Fun Tour by Courtney Sisk<br />

Spark a love <strong>of</strong> science in the whole family with a trip around <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong><br />

that’s both entertaining and educational.<br />

34 Easy Being Green in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> by Kim Harbour<br />

Dreaming <strong>of</strong> someplace that’s green? Whether you want to start your own<br />

eco-friendly business or visit one, <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> is the place for you.<br />

Contents Page, clockwise from top left: Via feratta climbers, Circleville by Ron Snow, Wine cellar at Forks <strong>of</strong> Cheat Winery, Morgantown by Ron Snow, NASA<br />

Independent Verification & Validation Facility, Fairmont by Ron Snow, Berta from The Cider Mill House, Hedgesville by Steve Shaluta Front cover: Cable-suspension<br />

bridge between two vertical outcroppings <strong>of</strong> Tuscarora sandstone at Nelson Rocks, Circleville by Ron Snow Front cover, inset photos: Children at Clay Center,<br />

Charleston by Ron Snow Shopping in Morgantown by Alex Wilson Back cover: Forks <strong>of</strong> Cheat Winery, Morgantown by Ron Snow<br />

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HigH<br />

adventure<br />

By Hoy Murphy<br />

for beginners Via<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> is famous for its high adventure<br />

opportunities like whitewater rafting, rock climbing, biking and other outdoors<br />

activities. They are available to and popular with both residents and visitors.<br />

Veteran adventurers already know where to go to enjoy their chosen interests, but<br />

what if you’re a beginner or want to try something new?<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> has a home-grown industry designed to help spark new interests for<br />

people looking for exciting ways to enjoy being outside. Here are just a few examples.<br />

feratta rock climbing provides<br />

fixed anchor systems in sheer rock<br />

walls, making it easier for<br />

beginners to experience rock<br />

climbing adventures.<br />

Photos by Ron Snow<br />

Climbers take a break at one<br />

<strong>of</strong> the scenic overlooks<br />

atop Nelson Rocks.<br />


Rock Climbing<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s rugged eastern mountains provide some <strong>of</strong> the best rock climbing<br />

and hiking challenges anywhere for pro and amateur alike. Nelson Rocks Outdoor<br />

Center near Circleville in the beautiful North Fork Valley area <strong>of</strong> Pendleton County<br />

<strong>of</strong>fers options suitable for beginners or experienced adventurers. They include via<br />

ferrata and other types <strong>of</strong> rock climbing, along with miles <strong>of</strong> trails for hiking, bird<br />

watching and geocaching.<br />

Via ferrata, which means “iron road” in Italian, is a type <strong>of</strong> rock climbing that<br />

involves the use <strong>of</strong> permanently installed anchor systems, which provide accessibility<br />

to those without technical rock climbing skills. The route is a true work <strong>of</strong> art.<br />

Only the second <strong>of</strong> its type to be built in the United States, via ferrata at<br />

Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center <strong>of</strong>fers a rare opportunity for adventurers to<br />

experience true mountain terrain.<br />

Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center also <strong>of</strong>fers a thrilling canopy tour involving<br />

13 zip lines and is available for both the beginner and the experienced.<br />

Participants ride zip lines that get progressively longer and higher, up to 80 feet from<br />

the ground, from tree to tree. While al<strong>of</strong>t, they see some <strong>of</strong> the most impressive natural<br />

rock formations, trees and vegetation to be found anywhere. The tour ends with a<br />

40-foot rappel out <strong>of</strong> the final tree, after traveling more than a mile through the air.<br />

“The North Fork Valley Canopy<br />

Tour is modeled after canopy tours<br />

found throughout Central America<br />

and the Caribbean,” according to<br />

Wayne Berger, director <strong>of</strong> Nelson<br />

Rocks Outdoor Center. “While there<br />

is a certain level <strong>of</strong> thrill involved, the<br />

tour is designed to give participants<br />

ample exposure to the natural features<br />

<strong>of</strong> the North Fork Valley and to allow<br />

them the time to appreciate these<br />

surroundings. The NFV Canopy Tour<br />

is a four-hour, guided experience that<br />

allows you to explore Pendleton County<br />

in a completely new way.”<br />

For more information visit<br />

www.NelsonRocksOutdoorCenter.com<br />

or call 877-435-4842.<br />

D I S C O V E R W E S T V I R G I N I A 3

ELRAY<br />

An Outdoors Retreat<br />

North River Retreat bills itself as<br />

“The Outdoors Next Door!” That’s<br />

appropriate because its location in<br />

Hampshire County in the Eastern<br />

Panhandle puts it close to visitors from<br />

Pennsylvania, <strong>Virginia</strong> and Washington,<br />

D.C., as well as from <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>.<br />

Although its 437 acres <strong>of</strong>fer<br />

several outdoors-related adventure<br />

opportunities, North River Retreat is<br />

becoming famous for its unique fivestation,<br />

five-level shooting platform<br />

(called “The Matrix”) that allows<br />

sporting clays shooting from different<br />

heights. A wobble “trap” (the machine<br />

that releases the clay “birds”) is located<br />

underneath the structure. This special<br />

trap shoots out clays by remote control.<br />

They fly above and below the shooter in<br />

random fashion, with the flight <strong>of</strong> each<br />

clay varying in height and angle.<br />

“The Matrix” is a popular five-level platform for shooting clays pigeons at<br />

North River Retreat. Special clinics are available for beginning shooters.<br />

Six other traps surround the shooting structure in a semi-circle, providing<br />

additional opportunities to shoot targets released remotely from various distances.<br />

Beginning this year, shooters also have an opportunity to go on a “Matrix Hunt,” with<br />

sounds <strong>of</strong> game birds calling and flushing at the same time clays are released.<br />

This sport is becoming more popular as people discover the fun and challenge<br />

<strong>of</strong> shooting a small moving target with a shotgun. North River <strong>of</strong>fers clinics twice a<br />

year to teach shooting skills for beginners and those <strong>of</strong> limited experience. The clinic<br />

includes instruction, loan <strong>of</strong> a 20-gauge shotgun, shotgun shells and clay pigeons, and<br />

all the required safety equipment.<br />

“Families or small groups <strong>of</strong> friends are welcome to book ‘The Matrix’ for a<br />

morning or afternoon shoot. Shooting clays is great fun year-round,” explained John<br />

Gavitt, owner and manager <strong>of</strong> North River Retreat. “Whether you’re a seasoned<br />

outdoorsman or just a beginner, North River Retreat provides personal attention to<br />

clients desiring to shoot clays, hunt, fish, camp, or simply go hiking for the day.”<br />

For more information about services, rates and reservations, call 540-539-9873,<br />

email northriver@live.com, or visit online www.northriverretreat.com.<br />

Photos by Ron Snow<br />


Biking<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> has more than<br />

375 miles <strong>of</strong> nearly-level trails that have<br />

been converted from abandoned train<br />

rail paths and are popular with hikers,<br />

bikers and horseback riders.<br />

Two <strong>of</strong> the most popular rail trails are<br />

operated by <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> State Parks.<br />

One is the North Bend Rail Trail that<br />

goes 72 miles from I-77 near Parkersburg<br />

in Wood County to Wolf Summit in<br />

Harrison County. The other is the 78mile<br />

Greenbrier River Trail that follows<br />

along one <strong>of</strong> the most remote areas<br />

in the state and lies adjacent to the<br />

Monongahela National Forest, Seneca<br />

State Forest and Watoga State Park in<br />

Pocahontas County. Both trails are open year-round.<br />

Prickett’s Fort State Park in Marion County is the starting point for the popular<br />

Mon River Trail, beginning with the three-mile MC Trail that connects the park to<br />

Hatfield-McCoy<br />

No Feuding, Just Fun<br />

Five hundred miles <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>f-road<br />

ATV trails wind through eight<br />

southern <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> counties,<br />

attracting 30,000 visitors each<br />

year to the Hatfield-McCoy Trails<br />

System. Many trails connect to<br />

ATV-friendly towns like Man,<br />

Matewan, Williamson and<br />

Gilbert, where visitors can fuel<br />

their vehicles and themselves.<br />

For more information visit<br />

www.WVTourism.com/ATV<br />

Greenbrier River Trail, Pocahontas County<br />

4 W O N D E R F U L W E S T V I R G I N I A D I S C O V E R W E S T V I R G I N I A 5<br />

Photo by Ron Snow<br />

the Mon River Trail in Fairmont. Firsttime<br />

bikers on this trail will appreciate<br />

the recent improvements to the parking<br />

area and accessibility to the trail that<br />

leads them to the Morgantown city<br />

limit about 17 miles away. The flat, even<br />

grade provides perfect conditions for<br />

beginners who want to enjoy the biking<br />

experience without having to deal with<br />

steep hills or bumps in the road. Along<br />

the way, bikers can stop and enjoy<br />

businesses, residential neighborhoods<br />

and towns while visiting scenic settings<br />

they might not have visited otherwise.<br />

For a rail trail listing and map,<br />



Adventures on the Gorge<br />

Whitewater rafting is still one <strong>of</strong> the<br />

most popular adventures available<br />

in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>. Adventures on the<br />

Gorge provides trips for beginners<br />

on the New and Gauley rivers.<br />

Thrill seekers looking for something<br />

new can try a treetop canopy tour<br />

that combines hiking, zip lines, sky<br />

lines and rappelling.<br />

Ron Snow<br />

6 W O N D E R F U L W E S T V I R G I N I A<br />

From whitewater rafting to a tree tops canopy tour that includes zip lines, sky lines,<br />

rappelling and hiking, you can pick your adventure year-round at Adventures on the<br />

Gorge along the New River Gorge and Gauley River in Fayette County.<br />

In 2008, three whitewater rafting companies – The Rivermen, Class VI River<br />

Runners and Adventure Mountain River – formed the new company now called<br />

Adventures on the Gorge. By combining their assets and available activities, plus<br />

adding some new ones, they have been successful at drawing thousands <strong>of</strong> visitors<br />

from across the country to the 200-acre facility.<br />

The resort now features a new lodge, bath house, basic and deluxe rental cabins<br />

and new restaurants and bars. The new Tree Tops Canopy Tour that was added in<br />

2009 has become extremely popular and is open all year. A second zip line course,<br />

Gravity, with a 3,000-foot zip, opened in May. Just about everyone who takes these<br />

rides is a beginner, so extra care is taken with instruction, practice and training, just<br />

as the companies have done for decades with their whitewater rafting operations.<br />

All <strong>of</strong> the adventures activities are guided and focus on beginners.<br />

“You don’t have to be a hardcore thrill seeker to join us for an unforgettable<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> vacation,” said Paul Buechler, CEO <strong>of</strong> Adventure <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Resort.<br />

“You can also enjoy plenty <strong>of</strong> family vacation fun, New River Gorge resort events,<br />

gourmet dining, sunset float trips, interpretive hiking tours, and much more.”<br />

You can find out more about Adventure <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Resort by calling 1-800-252-<br />

7784 or visiting www.adventurewestvirginia.com.<br />

Steve Shaluta<br />

HERE AND<br />

THERE<br />

RAGIN Outdoor<br />

Fitness Adventures<br />

Beginners <strong>of</strong>ten need some extra help and encouragement to nudge them out<br />

the door and into some new explorations <strong>of</strong> nature. That’s where RAGIN Outdoor<br />

Adventures can be <strong>of</strong> service. Although they are based in central <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>,<br />

American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainers Rachel Kutskill and Jennifer<br />

Ginsberg have built a statewide reputation for preparing and guiding inexperienced<br />

groups to adventures ranging across day hiking, backpacking, tent or rustic cabin<br />

camping, and even deluxe cabin overnight stays for the less adventurous. Their motto is<br />

“Play outside!”<br />

“Our experienced guides help people appreciate and explore the beauty <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> while enjoying the health benefits that outdoor fitness provides,”<br />

explained Ginsberg, who co-owns the enterprise with Kutskill. “You can join one <strong>of</strong> our<br />

scheduled day hikes or we can customize a trip based on your group’s level <strong>of</strong> adventure.”<br />

RAGIN goes beyond just guiding trips and providing equipment. Both Ginsberg<br />

and Kutskill work one-on-one and in small groups to help their clients prepare<br />

themselves both mentally and physically for the challenges ahead through specialized<br />

training and workshops.<br />

“We challenge our clients to discover fitness in a new and natural setting that<br />

enables them to work out without walls,” said Kutskill. “We <strong>of</strong>fer new exercise<br />

techniques in the safety <strong>of</strong> a pr<strong>of</strong>essional setting to get you ready.”<br />

They also are trained in wilderness survival techniques and are CPR and<br />

wilderness first aid certified, so they are able to handle any difficulties that may occur.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> their recent trips was a two-day backpacking climb to the top <strong>of</strong> Spruce<br />

Knob, the state’s highest peak. Others included a wellness weekend cabin retreat in<br />

the New River Gorge and day hikes in historic Thurmond and along the Endless Wall<br />

Trail overlooking the New River.<br />

RAGIN works with clients to come up with new ideas in outdoors adventuring.<br />

“You pick the adventure and we make it happen,” said Ginsberg.<br />

For more information about RAGIN Outdoor Fitness Adventuress, call 304-951-9141,<br />

email RaginAdventures@gmail.com, or visit www.raginsoutdoorfitnessadventures.com.<br />

Quench your thirst for<br />

adventure in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>.<br />

Hit the mountains and trails<br />

on foot or ATV, or check out<br />

hundreds <strong>of</strong> acres <strong>of</strong> motocross<br />

tracks. Whether your target is<br />

boar, bear or white-tailed deer,<br />

you can find it while hunting the<br />

woods <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>. Or hunt<br />

for hidden treasure and take the<br />

whole family geocaching. You<br />

never know what you’ll discover!<br />

Whether it’s your first time<br />

or you are a “veteran” <strong>of</strong> high<br />

adventures, many more outdoor<br />

challenges can be explored at<br />

the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Division <strong>of</strong><br />

Tourism’s high adventure website:<br />

www.adventuresinwv.com.<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> has too much wild<br />

and wonderful to be ignored.<br />

Pick your adventure, and get<br />

outside and enjoy it!<br />

A lifelong resident <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>,<br />

Hoy Murphy writes for the<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> <strong>Department</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Commerce</strong>, helping to promote the<br />

state’s many outdoor recreational<br />

opportunities. Contact him at<br />


tHe Main event<br />

on <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s Main Streets By Leslie Fitzwater<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s Main Street communities<br />

<strong>of</strong>fer a full lineup <strong>of</strong> family fun. Historic points <strong>of</strong> interest,<br />

family friendly museums, minor league baseball, fairs and<br />

festivals, unique shops and boutiques and a complete menu<br />

<strong>of</strong> delicious food are all just a short drive from home. Whether<br />

you plan a daytrip, long weekend or seven-day summer<br />

vacation, Main Street Communities have the attractions you<br />

want at a price you can afford.<br />

The Main Street <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> program is part <strong>of</strong> the Community<br />

Development Division <strong>of</strong> the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Development<br />

Office. The program’s main goal is to<br />

revitalize downtown areas through<br />

organization, promotion, design and<br />

economic restructuring. Currently,<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> has 12 communities in the<br />

Main Street program. This geographically<br />

and culturally diverse group makes it difficult<br />

to choose which Main Street community to<br />

visit first, but here are examples <strong>of</strong> what a<br />

handful <strong>of</strong> those communities have to <strong>of</strong>fer<br />

for your <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> getaway.<br />

The Mothman statue was erected<br />

to honor Point Pleasant’s most<br />

famous supernatural resident.<br />

POINT<br />


History Comes Alive in Point Pleasant<br />

Point Pleasant is a small town with a rich history. The river community, situated<br />

where the Kanawha and Ohio rivers meet, played an important role in the settlement <strong>of</strong><br />

America. In 1774, the colonial army won the Battle <strong>of</strong> Point Pleasant, opening the area to<br />

the first permanent white settlers and paving the way for continued western expansion.<br />

Today, you can relive the town’s history through a one-<strong>of</strong>-a-kind outdoor museum.<br />

Visit the city’s riverfront where world-class art and high-tech sounds come together in<br />

“An American Beginning.” Intricate murals portray life on the frontier, while sound<br />

effects put you in the middle <strong>of</strong> the action. Work on this museum continues and<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficials expect to have tram rides in place soon.<br />

Point Pleasant also pays homage to its waterfront history with the River Museum.<br />

Displays, videos, a working pilot house and a research library highlight life on the river<br />

and the commercial aspects <strong>of</strong> our waterways. The museum’s 2,400-gallon aquarium<br />

is home to native Ohio River fish, including paddlefish, gar, catfish, black<br />

crappie, whiskered carp and largemouth bass. A pr<strong>of</strong>essional training<br />

simulator, the Virtual Reality Pilot House, was completed in July 2011 and<br />

is the most expensive and most technical exhibit yet to be installed at the<br />

museum. The museum is open year round except on major holidays. For<br />

hours and admission prices, visit www.pprivermuseum.com.<br />

If tales <strong>of</strong> the supernatural pique your interest, Point Pleasant has a<br />

great one for you. In the weeks prior to the 1967 Silver Bridge collapse,<br />

The intricate murals <strong>of</strong> “An American Beginning” outdoor museum<br />

Far left, Riverfront Park, Point Pleasant<br />

Photos by Steve Shaluta<br />

numerous residents claimed to have<br />

encountered a winged creature dubbed<br />

Mothman. Over the past four decades,<br />

Mothman has inspired books, movies<br />

and television episodes, and is the<br />

center <strong>of</strong> the Mothman Festival, which<br />

is held in the town every September.<br />

Visitors can check out the statue that<br />

was been erected in his honor, visit the<br />

Mothman Museum, tour areas where<br />

he was sighted and invest in Mothman<br />

paraphernalia. To find out more about<br />

the museum, which is open year round,<br />

and learn about all things Mothman,<br />

visit www.mothmanmuseum.com.<br />

Point Pleasant makes the perfect<br />

getaway for a daytrip or weekend stay.<br />

Enjoy it by leisurely stroll or tour it by<br />

car; there is plenty <strong>of</strong> parking, easily<br />

accessible sites and interesting stories.<br />

For more information about the town<br />

and additional points <strong>of</strong> interest, visit<br />

www.pointpleasantwv.org.<br />

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Steve Shaluta

HARLESTON Charming Charleston<br />


Haddad Riverfront Park, Charleston<br />

Street Games<br />

Geocache Main Street<br />

Enjoy the high-tech treasure<br />

hunt called geocaching?<br />

All 12 <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s<br />

Main Street communities<br />

are participating in the Main<br />

Street WV Challenge. Search<br />

for the “Surprise to Find” gifts<br />

in each <strong>of</strong> the 12 geocaches<br />

– you could get lucky with a<br />

gift certificate or coupons to a<br />

local business! Find out more<br />

at www.geocachewv.com/<br />

MainStreet<br />

Charleston is a capital city with a small town feel. International and local cuisine,<br />

a year-round farmers market and minor league baseball are just a few <strong>of</strong> the amenities<br />

that make Charleston a great getaway destination.<br />

Charleston’s East End <strong>of</strong>fers delicious food at reasonable prices. Little India is<br />

the newest hit restaurant while Bluegrass Kitchen and Tricky Fish are established<br />

neighborhood favorites. Bluegrass Kitchen specializes in organic and vegetarian food,<br />

serving lunch and dinner throughout the week and brunch on weekends. Tricky Fish<br />

serves natural and locally grown “beach shack” food, including tacos, hot dogs and a<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> favorite, the hot bologna sandwich. Little India brings exotic spices<br />

and traditional Indian foods to Washington Street. For menus and hours visit<br />

www.littleindiawv.com, www.trickyfish.net and bluegrasswv.com.<br />

If preparing your own food is more your style, be sure to visit Capitol Market. The market<br />

is known for its wide selection <strong>of</strong> in-season fruits and vegetables, fine wine, fresh seafood<br />

and handcrafted chocolates. Visit www.capitolmarket.net for a complete list <strong>of</strong> vendors.<br />

While you’re in the neighborhood, take in a baseball game at Appalachian Power<br />

Park, home <strong>of</strong> the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Power. Enjoy specials like Sunday’s Kids Day,<br />

Monday’s Buck Night featuring $1 tickets, hot dogs and fountain drinks, or Friday<br />

night’s post-game fireworks displays. The team is a minor league affiliate <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Pittsburgh Pirates. For a schedule <strong>of</strong> home games, visit www.wvpower.com.<br />

If you like the great outdoors, Charleston is home to Coonskin Park and<br />

Kanawha State Forest. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Kanawha State Forest’s mountain<br />

biking and hiking trails, while families find the children’s playgrounds and numerous free<br />

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picnic sites great places to spend an afternoon. Visitors to Coonskin<br />

Park might have a hard time choosing how to spend their leisure<br />

time because <strong>of</strong> the number <strong>of</strong> facilities the park <strong>of</strong>fers. Hiking and<br />

biking trails, a handicapped-accessible 18-hole, par-3 golf course,<br />

Olympic-size swimming pool, and tennis and volleyball courts<br />

are all within miles <strong>of</strong> downtown Charleston. In recent years,<br />

Coonskin added the symphony-size Schoenbaum Amphitheater,<br />

the 2,000 seat Schoenbaum Soccer Stadium and the Francis P.<br />

Jordon Golf Learning Center, a 26-acre practice facility open to the<br />

public seven days a week. Coonskin Park is operated by Kanawha<br />

County Parks and Recreation; Kanawha State Forest is part <strong>of</strong> the<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> State Parks System. To find out more, visit www.<br />

kanawhastateforest.com and www.kcprc.com/coonskin_park.htm.<br />

Read about Charleston’s <strong>West</strong> Side Main Street at<br />

wvcommerce.org/CharmingCharleston.<br />

Endless Options in Morgantown<br />

Morgantown is best known as the home <strong>of</strong> the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> University Mountaineers,<br />

but this Main Street Community is so much more than just a college town. The<br />

revitalized Wharf District, thriving downtown and diverse mixture <strong>of</strong> small businesses<br />

and pr<strong>of</strong>essional services make the perfect location for a <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> getaway.<br />

Morgantown has a restaurant to fit every lifestyle, budget, time frame and<br />

culinary taste. Spend an afternoon sipping c<strong>of</strong>fee at The Blue Moose Café (www.<br />

thebluemoosecafe.com) or Jay’s Daily Grind (www.jaysdailygrind.net). Go all out for date<br />

Spring flower shopping at Charleston’s Capitol Market.<br />

night with an Italian dinner at Oliverio’s<br />

Ristorante on the Wharf (www.<br />

oliveriosristorante.com), or enjoy the<br />

upscale wine and martini bar, wood-fired<br />

pizza and full menu <strong>of</strong> The Vintage Room<br />

(www.bwvintageroom.com). End dinner<br />

table drama by taking the kids to a family<br />

friendly establishment like the Brickyard<br />

Pub (www.brickyardpubmorgantown.<br />

com) or Black Bear Burritos<br />

(www.blackbearburritos.com).<br />

Stroll through downtown on Friday,<br />

Oct. 14, 2011, to see local artists’<br />

masterpieces. From 6-9 p.m., more than<br />

40 businesses will open their doors<br />

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Ron Snow<br />

An evening out in Morgantown.<br />

Alex Wilson

to display the work <strong>of</strong> those who<br />

challenge the status quo through<br />

their artistic creations. As you take<br />

it all in, you also can take home<br />

four unique bookmarks that feature<br />

area artists. Add music to this<br />

evening and your choice <strong>of</strong> unique<br />

dining options and you have a<br />

perfect Friday night.<br />

There are so many things<br />

to do in Morgantown that the<br />

Greater Morgantown Convention<br />

& Visitors Bureau came up with<br />

the list “25 Free Things to do in<br />

Greater Morgantown.” Options<br />

include climbing 30-foot boulders<br />

at Rock City in Coopers Rock<br />

State Forest, seeing the star show<br />

at the WVU Tomchin Planetarium<br />

& Observatory, and enjoying a<br />

wine tasting and tour at Forks <strong>of</strong><br />

Cheat Winery. Start planning your<br />

Morgantown excursion today: visit<br />

www.tourmorgantown.com.<br />

Shopping in Morgantown.<br />

Alex Wilson<br />

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Fairmont: The Friendly City<br />

Just a 30-minute drive south <strong>of</strong> Morgantown on I-79 is Fairmont. This town,<br />

nicknamed “The Friendly City,” is the perfect place for families seeking food, fun<br />

and festivals. Fairmont is known for several firsts, including being the Home <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Original Pepperoni Roll. Created in 1927 as a lunch food for local coal miners, the<br />

pepperoni roll is still on the menu at restaurants like Colasessano’s Pizza & Pepperoni<br />

Rolls (www.colasessanos.com). For the best burger in town, be sure to check out<br />

The Poky Dot. This 1950s-themed diner has a full menu <strong>of</strong> super suppers, sandwiches,<br />

munchies and desserts. Of course, those aren’t the only<br />

culinary treats you will find in Fairmont.<br />

This Great American Main Street community<br />

is home to a host <strong>of</strong> other great restaurants,<br />

as well as unique stores for your shopping<br />

pleasure. Visit www.mainstreetfairmont.org<br />

for dining and shopping options.<br />

Steve Shaluta<br />

Window shopping on Fairmont’s Main Street.<br />

Nearby Prickett’s Fort State Park is a re-creation <strong>of</strong> the original fort that stood on<br />

the site in 1774. Interpreters recreate life as it was on the western frontier, including<br />

period dress, colonial crafts, blacksmithing, spinning and weaving. Prickett’s Fort is a<br />

day-use park and admission is required. For more information, visit<br />

www.prickettsfortstatepark.com.<br />

As you can see, the hardest part <strong>of</strong><br />

planning a Main Street getaway is<br />

deciding which to visit first.<br />

Take two weeks’ vacation this year<br />

and visit all 12: Charleston East End<br />

and Charleston <strong>West</strong> Side, Fairmont,<br />

Kingwood, Mannington, Martinsburg,<br />

Morgantown, Philippi, Point Pleasant,<br />

Ripley, Ronceverte and White Sulphur<br />

Springs. Visit www.wvcommerce.org/<br />

MainStreetCommunities.<br />

Steve Shaluta<br />

Spooky Sites<br />

Point Pleasant is one <strong>of</strong> several<br />

spots in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> alleged to<br />

be haunted. Psyche yourself up<br />

for Halloween with a “haunted<br />

road trip.” Take a ghost tour<br />

in Parkersburg, Lewisburg,<br />

Beckley or Harpers Ferry. Spend<br />

a terrifying night in the Trans<br />

Allegheny Lunatic Asylum or<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Penitentiary.<br />

For a “spooktacular” map <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s hauntings, visit<br />

www.wvtourism.com/hauntings.<br />

The J.J. Abrams/<br />

Steven Spielberg summer<br />

blockbuster Super 8 was<br />

filmed in Weirton.<br />

Go behind the scenes <strong>of</strong> the<br />

sci-fi adventure online at<br />

www.wvfilm.com/super8.<br />

Leslie Fitzwater was born and<br />

raised in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> and can’t<br />

imagine living anywhere else. She<br />

enjoys learning about the state’s<br />

heritage, folklore and mysteries.<br />

Contact: leslie.c.fitzwater@wv.gov

aMerican civil War<br />

150th anniversary tour<br />

This year marks the 150th anniversary <strong>of</strong> the start <strong>of</strong> the American<br />

Civil War. The harrowing battle raged for four years, pitting brother<br />

against brother at the cost <strong>of</strong> more than 600,000 lives. Out <strong>of</strong> the<br />

war, however, a new state was born, and the only one created<br />

as a direct result <strong>of</strong> the war – <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>.<br />

“<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> is rich in Civil War heritage. History buffs will find<br />

much to interest them here,” said Betty Carver, commissioner <strong>of</strong> the<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Division <strong>of</strong> Tourism. “For instance, the First Campaign<br />

<strong>of</strong> the war was waged in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>. The state’s Civil War-era<br />

towns, battlefields and cemeteries are a hugely<br />

popular itinerary for driving tours.”<br />

Whether you’re a scholar, a historian, or just<br />

someone who’s interested, commemorate<br />

this monumental anniversary with a<br />

walk or drive through history.<br />

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Places to see, things to do<br />

The following sites and events are accessible to tourists and provide an<br />

entertaining and educational experience for the whole family:<br />

1. The Battle <strong>of</strong> Philippi was fought on June 3, 1861, in Barbour County and is<br />

the site <strong>of</strong> the first land battle – and amputation – <strong>of</strong> the Civil War. Visitors<br />

can trace the area’s Civil War history through Philippi’s Historical Museum,<br />

Blue and Gray Park, and the downtown historical district.<br />

2. Grafton National Cemetery in Taylor County is the burial site <strong>of</strong> the first<br />

Union <strong>of</strong>ficer killed in the war, T. Bailey Brown.<br />

3. Historic Beverly in Randolph County was a gathering place for <strong>Virginia</strong><br />

Confederate troops. Following the Union victory at Rich Mountain, many<br />

Southern supporters fled south, and the Federals took control <strong>of</strong> the town.<br />

Beverly <strong>of</strong>fers public museums, private historical attractions and more.<br />

4. The Battle <strong>of</strong> Camp Allegheny took place on Dec. 13, 1861, in Pocahontas<br />

County. Confederate forces under Col. Edward Johnson occupied the summit<br />

<strong>of</strong> Allegheny Mountain to defend the Staunton-Parkersburg Pike. At dawn on<br />

Dec. 13, they were attacked by Union forces under Brig. Gen. Robert H. Milroy.<br />

5. The Battle <strong>of</strong> Cheat Mountain took place Sept. 12–15, 1861, in Pocahontas<br />

and Randolph counties. Confederate forces led an unsuccessful attack<br />

against Federal troops at Fort Milroy, also known as Cheat Summit Fort. At<br />

an elevation <strong>of</strong> 4,085 feet, Cheat Summit Fort was the highest Union camp<br />

in the war. Earthworks from the old fort remain today. A re-enactment and<br />

other events commemorating the battle will take place Sept. 3-4, 2011.<br />

6. The Battle <strong>of</strong> Corrick’s Ford took place on July 13, 1861, on the Cheat River<br />

in Tucker County. It is here where Confederate Brig. Gen. Robert S. Garnett<br />

became the first general <strong>of</strong>ficer killed in the war.<br />

Civil War Trails<br />

The Civil War Trails is a multi-state program that identifies, interprets and creates driving<br />

tours <strong>of</strong> Civil War sites. The program interprets more than 1,100 Civil War sites throughout<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>, <strong>Virginia</strong>, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee. In <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>, there<br />

are about 150 sites in development that will feature Civil War Trails program interpretive<br />

panels. The <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Civil War Trails map is<br />

available at www.civilwarwv.com or by calling<br />

1-800-CALL-WVA.<br />

The program is administered by a nonpr<strong>of</strong>it<br />

corporation and supported by local<br />

communities, state tourism <strong>of</strong>fices and state<br />

departments <strong>of</strong> transportation. In 2001,<br />

the National Trust for Historic Preservation<br />

identified the Civil War Trails program as<br />

one <strong>of</strong> the most successful and sustainable<br />

heritage tourism programs in the nation.<br />

Statewide events are planned throughout<br />

the year to commemorate the 150th<br />

anniversary <strong>of</strong> the Civil War. To learn<br />

more about <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> events, sites,<br />

trails and re-enactments, visit<br />

www.civilwarwv.com.<br />

Ron Snow<br />

Civil War Firsts<br />

The First Campaign led to many<br />

Civil War “firsts,” including the first<br />

battle, first amputee, first general<br />

killed and first use <strong>of</strong> telegraph in<br />

the war.<br />

First Campaign <strong>of</strong> the Civil War:<br />

Began May 27, 1861<br />

First trains used to carry soldiers<br />

into battle on American soil:<br />

May 1861<br />

First <strong>of</strong>ficer killed:<br />

Robert S. Garnett, C.S.A. –<br />

July 13, 1861 (Corricks Ford - Parsons)<br />

First enlisted man in<br />

United States service killed by<br />

Confederate Soldier:<br />

T. Bailey Brown – May 22, 1861<br />

(Buried at Grafton National Cemetery)<br />

First amputation <strong>of</strong> the Civil War:<br />

James E. Hanger – June 3, 1861<br />

First land battle <strong>of</strong> the Civil War:<br />

Philippi – June 3, 1861<br />

First Union government<br />

restored in a Confederate state:<br />

Wheeling – June 20, 1863<br />

First time Robert E. Lee<br />

leads troops into battle as a<br />

commanding general:<br />

Sept. 1861<br />

First use <strong>of</strong> telegraph by an<br />

American army in the field:<br />

June 1861<br />

First Federal <strong>of</strong>ficer wounded<br />

by a Confederate:<br />

Colonel Benjamin Kelley –<br />

June 3, 1861<br />

First use <strong>of</strong> indirect firing method:<br />

Fayetteville, WV – May 1863<br />

Sources:<br />

Lesser, H. (2004). Rebels at the Gate<br />

WV Division <strong>of</strong> Culture and History

Discovering where <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong><br />

generates, conserves, dispenses<br />

and reclaims energy is a unique<br />

idea for exploring the state. The<br />

trek will lead you to destinations<br />

that range from historical to<br />

visionary, pastoral to industrial.<br />

While coal produces more than<br />

90 percent <strong>of</strong> the energy needs<br />

<strong>of</strong> the state – and approximately<br />

half <strong>of</strong> the electricity needs <strong>of</strong> the<br />

nation – it is not the whole story. In<br />

the 2009 <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Alternative<br />

and Renewable Portfolio, the state<br />

challenges itself to meet 25 percent<br />

<strong>of</strong> electric sales by alternative and<br />

renewable sources by 2025. To<br />

achieve that goal, the state turns<br />

to the wind, sun, water and other<br />

sources to create or save energy.<br />

PoWer<br />

triPs<br />

mountain state<br />

energy tour<br />

By Catherine Zacchi<br />

Saving energy is a “green” idea that has taken<br />

root on the ro<strong>of</strong> tops <strong>of</strong> WVU’s Brooks Hall.<br />

Green<br />

BuildinGs<br />

Upperglade<br />

An “energy tour” might begin in the central <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> community <strong>of</strong><br />

Upperglade, where Webster County High School is the first school in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong><br />

to “go geo.” The school heats and cools with geothermal heat pumps. Like a cave, the<br />

ground under the earth’s surface remains at constant temperature year-round; cooler<br />

in summer and warmer in winter. In winter, geothermal pumps transfer the subsurface<br />

heat into buildings; in summer, they transfer the building’s heat into the ground.<br />

Webster County High School’s system uses 240 wells up to 300 feet deep with more<br />

than 28 miles <strong>of</strong> underground piping. Call 304-226-5772 to arrange an in-person tour.<br />

Morgantown<br />

The tour <strong>of</strong> “green” buildings continues north to Morgantown, where the ro<strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong> Brooks<br />

Hall, the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> University <strong>Department</strong> <strong>of</strong> Geology and Geography building, has<br />

been literally going “green” since 2007. The ro<strong>of</strong> has been covered with a waterpro<strong>of</strong> PVC<br />

membrane, topped with layers <strong>of</strong> lightweight growth medium and planted with varieties <strong>of</strong><br />

drought-resistant flowering sedum. The increased ‘R’ insulating factor from the soil helps<br />

reduce heating and cooling costs inside the building. The PVC membrane is protected from<br />

UV rays by the soil covering it, extending the life <strong>of</strong> the system by approximately 40 percent.<br />

The green ro<strong>of</strong> is <strong>of</strong>f limits to normal foot traffic for safety reasons as well as plant protection,<br />

but it can be viewed from several vantage points: the Woodburn Promenade, Armstrong<br />

Hall and several areas within Brooks Hall, including the bridge connector and fifth floor<br />

elevator lobby. For more information and pictures, visit Genuinewv.org/BrooksHall.<br />

NedPower Mount Storm Wind Farm, Grant County<br />

Photo by Ron Snow<br />

Charleston<br />

A Capital Idea!<br />

Charleston is the only<br />

state capital with a hydrogen<br />

production and fueling<br />

station. Based at Yeager<br />

Airport, the station uses<br />

power from coal-fired<br />

electricity to break water<br />

molecules (H O) into separate<br />

2<br />

hydrogen and oxygen atoms.<br />

The hydrogen is used to fuel<br />

vehicles used by Yeager<br />

Airport and by the <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Virginia</strong> Air National Guard.<br />

Ron Snow<br />

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nErgy MusEuMs Parkersburg<br />

Morgantown<br />

Another Morgantown energy tour<br />

attraction is the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Geological<br />

and Economic Survey. Housed in a<br />

converted state park lodge, the Survey<br />

overlooks Cheat Lake. The former lobby<br />

now serves as a mini-museum, displaying<br />

minerals, fossils and casts <strong>of</strong> T-Rex skulls.<br />

“Perhaps the most striking and<br />

popular display is that <strong>of</strong> a full-sized<br />

Edmontosaurus (pronounced ed-MONto-SAWR-us)<br />

dinosaur, mounted on a<br />

wall,” said Michael Hohn, director and<br />

state geologist. The mini-museum also<br />

features models <strong>of</strong> prehistoric fish that<br />

Bramwell<br />

Stroll through the Past<br />

Wealthy coal barons built<br />

lavish mansions in Bramwell<br />

in Mercer County. Called “the<br />

richest small town in America,”<br />

Bramwell was once home to as<br />

many as 19 millionaires. Many<br />

<strong>of</strong> the elegant homes remain<br />

well preserved today. Catch<br />

a glimpse <strong>of</strong> that bygone era<br />

with a self-guided walking<br />

tour or a pre-arranged group<br />

tour <strong>of</strong> historic Bramwell.<br />

Visit www.wvtourism.com/<br />

HistoricBramwell.<br />

Full-sized Edmontosaurus<br />

in the WVGS mini-museum.<br />

swam in oceans that once covered the state.<br />

The majority <strong>of</strong> visitors come for the Survey’s records, maps and other data on oil,<br />

gas and coal, Hohn said. An oil and gas company may want to research reserves and<br />

surrounding activity before deciding to lease a specific property, or a family may want<br />

to find out whether there are coal reserves under their property.<br />

Soaring interest in Marcellus Shale is drawing extra attention to the Survey’s<br />

website, which has a Frequently Asked Questions page and a downloadable “geoenabled”<br />

interactive map. The map is layered, so you can make visible the features that<br />

interest you – completed wells for example – and hide those that don’t. Get Michael<br />

Hohn’s full story about the Geological Survey at Genuinewv.org/GeoEconomicSurvey<br />

and check out the interactive Marcellus Shale maps at www.wvgs.wvnet.edu.<br />

Beckley<br />

Any energy tour in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> must include coal. The Beckley Exhibition Coal<br />

Museum and Youth Museum <strong>of</strong> Southern <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> in Beckley allows visitors to<br />

explore a former coal mine, guided by an experienced miner. Visitors travel underground<br />

in authentic “man cars” from the mine entrance to old working mine areas and back.<br />

Above ground, guests can stroll around<br />

the recreated company coal town with<br />

company house, miner’s shanty and camp<br />

school. For more information, call 304-<br />

256-1747 or visit www.wvtourism.com/<br />

ExhibitionCoalMuseum.<br />

Visitors ride 1500 feet beneath New River Park.<br />

Photo by Steve Shaluta<br />

Coal isn’t the only fossil fuel found in abundance<br />

in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>. Continue the energy tour at the Oil<br />

and Gas Museum, 119 Third Street, Parkersburg. The<br />

museum showcases the region’s oil and gas heritage.<br />

The exhibits portray the role the thriving commercial<br />

oil and gas industry and its leaders played in forming<br />

the state <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>. Following the end <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Civil War in 1865, <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> enjoyed a period <strong>of</strong><br />

prosperity when the oil and gas industry experienced<br />

an economic “boom” period in the 1890s. The eclectic<br />

museum includes a large Civil War section among its<br />

displays. For more information, visit www.wvtourism.com/OilandGasMuseum.<br />

reclamation<br />

Mylan Park<br />

Across the state, mined lands have<br />

been redeveloped for residential use,<br />

tourism, energy, schools, government<br />

facilities and manufacturing.<br />

Reclamation projects like Mylan Park<br />

have created more than 13,000 jobs in<br />

12 counties, according to reports from the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Division <strong>of</strong> Energy and the<br />

Office <strong>of</strong> Coalfield Community Developments. Mylan Park was reclaimed and now is<br />

a 320-acre recreational and education complex. “Mylan Park has become an engine<br />

for economic development,” said Bob Pirner, director <strong>of</strong> development. “More than 400<br />

people report to work within the park every day. Mylan Park is home to events such<br />

as MountainFest, the Pro Performance RX and Pro Medical Rehabilitation indoor<br />

sports training facility and the 53,000-square-foot Hazel and JW Ruby Expo Center.<br />

The park serves as host and incubator to schools such as Mylan Park Elementary<br />

and several nonpr<strong>of</strong>it community services organizations.” For more information and<br />

pictures, visit Genuinewv.org/MylanPark.<br />

The Oil and Gas Museum tells the story <strong>of</strong> the oil and gas industry’s<br />

influence on <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s formation.<br />

Glen Jean<br />

Acres <strong>of</strong> Adventure<br />

Set to open in 2013,<br />

The Summit: Baechtel<br />

Family National Scouting<br />

Reserve will be an adventure<br />

center operated by the Boy<br />

Scouts <strong>of</strong> America (BSA) and<br />

new permanent home <strong>of</strong> the<br />

National Scout Jamboree.<br />

A portion <strong>of</strong> the 10,600-acre<br />

property near Glen Jean<br />

in Fayette County includes<br />

reclaimed mine land. Visit<br />

WVTourism.com/BoyScouts to<br />

learn more.<br />

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AlternAtive<br />

energies<br />

McDonald’s fuel for thought.<br />

Evansdale<br />

Taking a Shine to Solar<br />

The state’s largest<br />

solar electric system sits<br />

atop the ro<strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong> The Book<br />

Exchange on Patteson Drive<br />

in Evansdale, Monongalia<br />

County. The 52 PV panels<br />

gather energy from the sun<br />

and produce an estimated 10<br />

percent <strong>of</strong> the store’s annual<br />

energy needs. The system<br />

was designed and installed<br />

by <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>-based<br />

PIMBY Energy.<br />

Steve Shaluta<br />

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Huntington<br />

At the Huntington McDonald’s, customers can refuel their bodies – and recharge<br />

their electric cars. The McDonald’s at the corner <strong>of</strong> Fifth and First Streets is the first<br />

in the country with Level 2 electric car chargers. The restaurant replaced the one<br />

on Washington Ave., notable as the first McDonald’s in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>. The original<br />

restaurant was owned by the father <strong>of</strong> current franchise owner Tom Wolf. During the<br />

charging station’s grand opening in December 2010, Chris Schafer, electric transportation<br />

program manager for American Electric Power (AEP), was on hand with the company’s<br />

Ford Escape plug-in electric vehicle. Wolf acknowledges that electric cars are not the<br />

norm – yet. “Tom is making this cutting edge technology available here and now as<br />

more customers turn to electric cars in the future,” said Emily Myers, public relations<br />

representative for Wolfe’s franchise. “Tom sees this as a progressive effort that prepares<br />

for the future and makes use <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s resources today.” For more about the<br />

Huntington McDonald’s electric car charger, visit Genuinewv.org/HuntingtonMcDonald.<br />

Ansted<br />

Hawks Nest Hydropower was constructed as a 25 Hz generation facility during<br />

the early 1930s in Ansted in Fayette County. Water from the New River was diverted<br />

into a 30-foot diameter tunnel that would run three miles and drop 162 feet under<br />

Gauley Mountain before being used to power four 25.5 MW 25Hz hydroelectric units.<br />

A historical marker at Hawks Nest overlook commemorates the deaths <strong>of</strong> hundreds <strong>of</strong><br />

workers – mostly African-American – who died from silicosis during<br />

construction <strong>of</strong> the tunnel. Since it went online in 1936, the plant<br />

has been producing electricity for the electrometallurgical plant, 12<br />

miles downstream. Nearby, Hawks Nest State Park <strong>of</strong>fers walking<br />

trails with good views <strong>of</strong> the surrounding gorge and the Hawks<br />

Nest Dam and Lake. Hawks Nest State Park <strong>of</strong>fers aerial tram rides<br />

overlooking the river, lake and dam. The place to start planning<br />

your visit to park is www.wvtourism.com/HawksNest.<br />

Glen Ferris<br />

The Kanawha River helped fuel the hydroelectric<br />

Glen Ferris plant, 35 miles southeast <strong>of</strong> Charleston.<br />

On the way back from Hawks Nest, visit another water-generated power producer<br />

at Glen Ferris Hydroelectric Plant. Built in 1899 on the Kanawha River, the 5.45<br />

megawatt Glen Ferris hydroelectric plant powered the local industry. In 2010, Brookfield<br />

Renewable Power began a $25 million rehabilitation <strong>of</strong> the historic facility. Plans call for<br />

all eight turbines to be restored to service in 2012. No tours are given due to safety and<br />

security reasons, but the plant and construction can be seen from the Kanawha Falls<br />

fishing area. The Glen Ferris Inn provides a vantage point to view the falls and plant.<br />

Mount Storm Wind Farm<br />

Wrap up your energy tour at the NedPower Mount Storm Wind Farm in Grant<br />

County. It is the largest wind farm east <strong>of</strong> the Mississippi, consisting <strong>of</strong> 132 wind<br />

turbines along 12 miles <strong>of</strong> the Allegheny Front.<br />

The farm generates 264 megawatts <strong>of</strong> electricity<br />

from wind, a renewable energy source. To find<br />

additional attractions in the area, visit<br />

www.wvtourism.com/MountStormLake.<br />

NedPower Mount Storm Wind Farm<br />

Photo by Ron Snow<br />

Steve Shaluta<br />

Geology Underlies it All<br />

Geology is more than history<br />

written in stone. The science<br />

<strong>of</strong> recording what lies beneath<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> is all in a day’s<br />

work for Michael Ed. Hohn,<br />

director and state geologist <strong>of</strong><br />

the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Geological and<br />

Economic Survey, Morgantown.<br />

“Our primary mission is science:<br />

the research, study, mapping,<br />

and dissemination <strong>of</strong> geological<br />

information <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>. The<br />

state’s geological resources play<br />

an important role in economic<br />

development. Many people visit<br />

our <strong>of</strong>fice to view records and<br />

maps and to obtain information<br />

to natural resources such as coal,<br />

oil or gas,” Hohn said.<br />

For instance, a person may<br />

wish to know whether there<br />

are coal reserves under their<br />

land or if they need to buy<br />

mine subsidence insurance.<br />

The Survey assists individuals,<br />

while working with industry<br />

representatives, keeping data on<br />

drilling trends and reserves.<br />

The Survey also “takes geology<br />

on the road.” Its popular Visiting<br />

Geologist program works with<br />

the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Division <strong>of</strong><br />

Natural Resources and state<br />

parks to present educational<br />

presentations throughout the<br />

summer months.<br />

Catherine Zacchi lives in Mineral<br />

Wells and works for <strong>Commerce</strong><br />

Communications. She enjoys biking<br />

on the North Bend Rail Trail in Cairo.<br />

Contact: catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

art<br />

Sparks<br />

By Andrea Bond<br />

Tamarack, Beckley<br />

Rick Lee<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s rich cultural scene<br />

puts the wonderful in “wild and wonderful.” The Mountain State boasts<br />

a great array <strong>of</strong> art galleries and theaters that will keep your family<br />

engaged and entertained all year long. You’ll find programs to suit all<br />

ages and tastes – from puppet shows to historical dramas to symphony<br />

concerts. Likewise, art exhibits encompass every type <strong>of</strong> media you can<br />

imagine. Gallery and theater visits can make for an interesting day trip –<br />

or better yet – plan an arts-themed tour featuring some <strong>of</strong> these venues.<br />

Arts<br />

Beckley<br />

If you’re traveling I-64/77 through Beckley, be sure to stop at Tamarack: The Best<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>, located near the travel plaza. The nation’s first statewide collection<br />

<strong>of</strong> handmade crafts, arts and cuisine features 59,000 square feet <strong>of</strong> juried crafts,<br />

working art studios for resident artisans, a 178-seat theater and a fine art gallery, as<br />

well as A Taste <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> food court. Here’s a helpful hint: Plan your travel<br />

time accordingly, because you just might spend the whole day here!<br />

Princeton<br />

The Chuck Mathena Center in<br />

Princeton boasts an art gallery and<br />

<strong>of</strong>fers a wide variety <strong>of</strong> performances,<br />

from children’s theater to concerts and<br />

plays. The 2011-2012 season began in<br />

July. Upcoming performances include<br />

“A Christmas Carol, “Macbeth,”<br />

Percy Sledge and Beatles tribute band<br />

Yesterday. Purchase a CMC Clubhouse<br />

ticket for pre-show refreshments.<br />

Chuck Mathena Center, Princeton<br />

Photo by Steve Shaluta<br />

Petersburg<br />

In Petersburg, the 305-seat Landes<br />

Arts Center is equipped with a state<strong>of</strong>-the-art<br />

light and sound system and a<br />

large projection screen, two art galleries,<br />

dressing rooms and a green room for<br />

performers. Acoustics are excellent,<br />

according to organizers, and every seat<br />

in the house is a good one. The arts<br />

center’s most recent <strong>of</strong>ferings include<br />

“County Store Opry” and a Conway<br />

Twitty-Roy Orbison tribute concert.<br />

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STATe PArkS PuPPets<br />

Performances under the stars<br />

Enjoy performances under the stars at<br />

one <strong>of</strong> the many amphitheaters nestled<br />

in the mountains <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>. Many<br />

State Parks host outdoor performances.<br />

For information on upcoming shows,<br />

check the calendar at www.wvstateparks.<br />

com or call 1 800 CALL WVA.<br />

Extend a fun evening <strong>of</strong> live<br />

performance into an overnight<br />

vacation at Pipestem Resort State<br />

Park in Summers County. The park’s<br />

amphitheater seats 525; attendees<br />

may also bring blankets for hillside<br />

seating. Performances run the gamut<br />

– from community band and dramatic<br />

presentations to bluegrass and rock<br />

and roll or the stories and mirth <strong>of</strong><br />

champion liar Bil Lepp. The stage also<br />

is the setting for nature programs such<br />

as “Geology! Rocks” and Three Rivers<br />

Avian Center’s popular “Wings <strong>of</strong><br />

Wonder: Birds <strong>of</strong> Prey” series. Attendees<br />

do not have to be overnight visitors to the park, but if you’ve got the time, Pipestem’s<br />

setting in the beautiful Bluestone Gorge makes it well worth the stay.<br />

Between Beckley and Princeton, Camp Creek State Park also hosts regular<br />

performances at its amphitheater. The 8th Annual Appalachian Heritage Festival,<br />

co-sponsored by the Appalachian Highland Music Association and Camp Creek State<br />

Park Foundation, will take place Sept. 17 and is billed as a great family-friendly day<br />

complete with food and music. The park’s convenient location – only two miles <strong>of</strong>f<br />

I-64 – makes it a popular destination with campers.<br />

Liz Spurlock Amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park features a series <strong>of</strong><br />

productions starring local singers and actors. Recent <strong>of</strong>ferings include “Cinderella”<br />

and “Disney’s Jungle Book.” The theater is perhaps best known for it presentation<br />

<strong>of</strong> “The Aracoma Story,” the modern version <strong>of</strong> which blends tales <strong>of</strong> the Shawnee<br />

people with the story <strong>of</strong> young love between an Indian princess and a British soldier.<br />

While the original Prickett’s Fort <strong>of</strong> 1774 served as a refuge from Native American<br />

war parties on the western frontier <strong>of</strong> Colonial <strong>Virginia</strong>, Prickett’s Fort State Park in<br />

Fairmont now serves as a monument to living history. In addition to tours and pioneer<br />

demonstrations <strong>of</strong>fered daily, the park also stages shows at its outdoor theater. Visitors can<br />

find entertainment selections ranging<br />

from string music and polka bands to<br />

the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”<br />

Pipestem Resort State Park<br />

amphitheater, Mercer County<br />

Photo by Steve Shaluta<br />

“The Aracoma Story,”<br />

Chief Logan State Park,<br />

Logan County<br />

Steve Shaluta<br />

St. Albans<br />

Historic Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans is home to a brand-new theater geared<br />

toward the younger audience. Located across the street from Alban Arts and<br />

Conference Center, Sassafrass Junction Puppet Theater was born when some friends<br />

who had been presenting puppet shows at children’s parties decided that the furry,<br />

friendly creatures needed a place to call home.<br />

Tara Barton, who owns Sassafras Junction along with partners Chris Lilly and Ben<br />

Leveque, said business has been great for the theater, which opened in November<br />

2011. “We’re doing really well. We’re already in the black.”<br />

Barton said she and her partners write and record their own shows, producing a new<br />

show every six to seven weeks and sometimes taking the show on the road. “Our shows<br />

celebrate Appalachian culture. Our characters ‘The Creek Critters,’ are quirky and fun.”<br />

Puppets line the hallway <strong>of</strong><br />

Wonderment Puppet Theater<br />

in Martinsburg.<br />

Martinsburg<br />

Tucked into a colorful gingerbread<br />

house in Martinsburg in the Eastern<br />

Panhandle, Wonderment Puppet Theater<br />

features hands-on puppet exhibits and a<br />

puppet store as well as weekend shows.<br />

Founder Joe Santoro, an elementary<br />

school art teacher, had spent several<br />

years traveling the state and performing<br />

puppet shows at state parks and schools.<br />

He opened Wonderment Puppet Theater<br />

in 2008. Upcoming shows include “The<br />

Elves and the Shoemaker” and “The<br />

Nutty Nutcracker.”<br />

Owner Tara Barton with “The Creek Critters”<br />

and staff <strong>of</strong> Sassafrass Junction Puppet<br />

Theater pose for a photo with some <strong>of</strong> their<br />

young fans.<br />

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erforming<br />

Huntington<br />

The Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center<br />

in Huntington is one <strong>of</strong> <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s<br />

premier arts establishments. The 3,000 seat<br />

theater, built in 1928 in Mexican baroque<br />

style, captured the opulence <strong>of</strong> the Roaring<br />

Twenties. The theater served as a venue<br />

for vaudeville shows and eventually was<br />

converted into a movie theater.<br />

At the turn <strong>of</strong> the 21st century, competition<br />

from newer movie theaters nearly led to the<br />

Keith-Albee’s demise. But the community<br />

rallied around their beloved theater, raising<br />

funds to restore and remodel the site.<br />

Now called the Keith-Albee Performing<br />

Arts Center, the theater serves as the<br />

venue for Marshall University’s Elkins<br />

Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, Huntington<br />

Photo by David Fatalleh<br />

Marshall Artist Series. It is host to an<br />

Visitors to Elkins can enjoy a Branson-style variety show at the American<br />

array <strong>of</strong> contemporary touring shows, from Mountain Theater. Each performances is a mix <strong>of</strong> country, gospel, pop and patriotic<br />

comedians to musicians to musicals – music, rounded out with family-friendly comedic impersonations. The theater’s<br />

yet retains its breathtaking interior décor. popular shows include a Christmas Spectacular, Southern Gospel Series, and the<br />

The theater is listed on the National History <strong>of</strong> American Music, which encompasses decades’ worth <strong>of</strong> music, from jazz<br />

Register <strong>of</strong> Historic Places as part <strong>of</strong> the and blues to modern rock and roll.<br />

Huntington Downtown Historical District.<br />

Elkins also is home to the newly opened Gandy Dancer Theatre and Conference<br />

Center, located at the Steer Steakhouse. The dinner theater seats up to<br />

400 people and serves as a venue for topquality<br />

live entertainment. Sound systems<br />

and flat-screen, closed-circuit television<br />

monitors make it possible for all guests to<br />

Ripley<br />

This Place Matters<br />

have a front row view <strong>of</strong> the stage. The<br />

house band, Mountain Memories Show<br />

Main Street Ripley’s restored Alpine Theatre<br />

Band, performs shows <strong>of</strong> classical country,<br />

placed 21st in the nation in the National<br />

1950s-era popular, bluegrass, gospel, old-<br />

Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2011 “This<br />

Place Matters” competition. More than 260<br />

historic buildings were entered.<br />

time rock and roll and comedy.<br />

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The Gandy Dancer Theatre performers<br />

Grandview<br />

In Grandview, Theatre <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> was founded in 1955 as the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong><br />

Historical Drama Association. Set at Cliffside Amphitheatre in Raleigh County,<br />

the company is famous for its long-running outdoor dramas, “Honey in the Rock”<br />

and “Hatfields and McCoys.” The venue also hosts children’s performances and rock<br />

and roll shows. For a different perspective, you can even go behind the scenes with a<br />

special backstage tour before the show. Shows run during the summer and fall.<br />

Fayette County<br />

“Honey in the Rock”<br />

Camp Washington-Carver, a mountain retreat located near Babcock State Park<br />

in Fayette County, hosts seasonal events from concerts to theater. The cultural arts<br />

center, which opened in 1942 as a 4-H camp for <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s African-American<br />

youth, is listed on the National Register <strong>of</strong> Historic Places. The camp’s Great Chestnut<br />

Lodge is the largest log structure <strong>of</strong> its kind in the world. Camp Washington-Carver is<br />

best known as host to the Appalachian String Band Festival, a five-day mountaintop<br />

gathering during which participants<br />

camp out and enjoy live music,<br />

dancing, workshops and more.<br />

Ron Snow<br />

For more information on art, music<br />

and theater activities in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>,<br />

visit wvtourism.com/ThingsToDo<br />

and wvtourism.com/Entertainment.<br />

You also can search for venues via<br />

the website’s Travel Planner tool -<br />

wvtourism.com/TravelPlanner.<br />

Steve Shaluta<br />

Contemporary Theatre<br />

on Main Street<br />

Shepherdstown’s Contemporary<br />

American Theater Festival<br />

(CAFT) at Shepherd University is<br />

developing a national reputation<br />

as “the summer home for the<br />

American playwright.” In fact,<br />

two <strong>of</strong> five plays it featured<br />

in repertory last year were<br />

recommended for the 2011<br />

American Theatre Critics<br />

Association new play award – a<br />

rare honor for any theater.<br />

CAFT Associated Producing<br />

Director Peggy McKowen<br />

explained that while the festival<br />

has a growing subscription<br />

based from DC and Baltimore<br />

and draws people from 36 states<br />

and other countries, they value<br />

the community’s support.<br />

“Being able to produce vital, new<br />

theatre would be an exciting<br />

career no matter where I would<br />

live. There are so few companies<br />

doing what we do,” she said. “But<br />

to have that opportunity to do<br />

that in Shepherdstown and to<br />

have the audience support for<br />

theatre and the arts that we have<br />

here is unique. Shepherdstown is<br />

a magical place.”<br />

Visit www.catf.org for performance<br />

schedules and more information.<br />

Andrea Bond is a writer for the<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> <strong>Department</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Commerce</strong>. She enjoys hiking and<br />

kayaking in the New River Gorge<br />

and Monongahela National Forest.<br />

Contact: andrea.b.bond@wv.gov

HigH-tecH<br />

family fun tour<br />


From Green Bank to the Galaxy<br />

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By Courtney Sisk<br />

Photography by Ron Snow<br />

Keeping children<br />

engaged and entertained on long weekends<br />

can be a tall order, but many parents also want to include<br />

a little education in family fun. A quick trip around the<br />

Mountain State can spark a love <strong>of</strong> science and technology.<br />

More than 50,000 visitors come to the<br />

National Radio Astronomy Observatory<br />

in Green Bank each year for something<br />

they can’t see anywhere else: the world’s<br />

largest fully steerable telescope.<br />

“There’s literally nothing like it in the<br />

world,” said Sue Ann Heatherly, senior<br />

education <strong>of</strong>ficer. “We get visitors from<br />

as far away as New Zealand who want to<br />

see it.”<br />

Tours <strong>of</strong> the observatory start in the<br />

Science Center, which is a 4,000 squarefoot<br />

exhibit hall that opened in 2003.<br />

It includes a planetarium and interactive exhibits for kids <strong>of</strong> all ages. From there, a<br />

shuttle bus takes visitors for an up close look at the telescope.<br />

“This is a great family destination,” Heatherly said. “Little kids enjoy the bus<br />

ride and once you’re there it’s nice to stroll around and look at the telescope.”<br />

The NRAO <strong>of</strong>fers special high-tech tours twice a month. These tours take<br />

visitors behind the scenes into the labs, where scientists build receivers for the<br />

telescope or work on other projects. Scientists from all over the world apply<br />

for a spot in the telescope control room, where it costs 50 cents per second to<br />

operate it. Star labs are shown each week in the planetarium.<br />

The NRAO is open seven days a week in the summer. After Labor Day, it is<br />

open Thursday through Monday. Operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free<br />

tours are <strong>of</strong>fered every hour, and admission to the science center is also free.<br />

Learn more at www.gb.nrao.edu.<br />

Students from North Carolina gather for a lesson in<br />

the Star Lab inflatable planetarium at Green Bank.<br />

Senior Education Officer Sue Ann Heatherly explains<br />

what to look for in the night sky.<br />

High school students from North Carolina take<br />

part in a scientific scavenger hunt, solving<br />

problems along the way.

Ron Snow<br />


Out <strong>of</strong> this World<br />


LEGO Lessons<br />

LEGO projects make for serious learning as we<br />

head to Huntington for a stop at LEGO City. Part<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute<br />

The WVU-NASA Robotics Center uses<br />

on the campus <strong>of</strong> Marshall University, it seems<br />

like simply a room full <strong>of</strong> the little toys. But what’s<br />

multiple robotic platforms to research<br />

happening here is getting kids hooked on math and<br />

and test the application <strong>of</strong> robotic<br />

space operations.<br />

science by teaching the fundamentals <strong>of</strong> robotics.<br />

Director Linda Hamilton says lessons with LEGO<br />

materials can be the building blocks for the future.<br />

“Science, technology, engineering and math<br />

A robotic arm, equipped with vision and<br />

has to be the focus now to get them ready for the<br />

touch sensors, independently positions<br />

itself to dock with a satellite. Once docked,<br />

additional robotic operations will refuel<br />

next generation <strong>of</strong> jobs,” Hamilton said.”What they<br />

learn here is that math is not about solving problem<br />

At Marshall’s LEGO City, kids can learn to build several<br />

robotics projects and see how they move.<br />

and repair the satellite.<br />

number 10 on page 177. It’s actually learning how to make something go, and making<br />

America’s space program is also front and center in Fairmont. NASA is<br />

it go faster and slower, how things work, what will happen if we put more weight on or<br />

based hundreds <strong>of</strong> miles from <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>, but work going on here is critical<br />

make other changes. These are things you can’t learn from books. They realize that<br />

to maintaining safety in outer space. NASA has an operations center in the I-79<br />

math and science can be fun, and someday they can do it and get paid for it.”<br />

Technology Park, where the Independent Verification & Validation Facility (IV&V) is<br />

Hamilton takes a version <strong>of</strong> LEGO City to summer camps and library programs<br />

responsible for verifying and validating mission-critical s<strong>of</strong>tware on behalf <strong>of</strong> Goddard<br />

during the summer. But she’s also available for families to stop by for a one-day<br />

Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. IV&V was established in 1993 in the<br />

session. She says groups <strong>of</strong> three children are ideal because they can work on a<br />

Bridgeport<br />

SLICk Space Luggage<br />

The composite Super<br />

Lightweight Interchangeable<br />

wake <strong>of</strong> the Challenger accident. Now, no s<strong>of</strong>tware goes into space without first being<br />

checked in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>. The facility has a full calendar <strong>of</strong> events and activities<br />

open to the public. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities that will uniquely<br />

inspire and engage future generations <strong>of</strong> explorers. Also, the IV&V Facility’s Educator<br />

robotics project as a team, and kids as young as six can take part.<br />

“We can build and program a robot, cars, monorails and snowplows,” Hamilton<br />

said. “It’s not about coming here and building a toy. They’ll learn about gears, axels,<br />

levers and pulleys, which are all part <strong>of</strong> making things move.”<br />

Clarksburg<br />

Who are you?<br />

The FBI’s Integrated Automated<br />

Carrier (SLIC) is a new breed <strong>of</strong><br />

equipment carrier that allowed<br />

the Space Shuttle to transport<br />

Resource Center provides free, NASA-endorsed science, technology, engineering, and<br />

mathematics curriculum for educators and students. Visit www.ivv.nasa.gov for<br />

The fun doesn’t end when kids leave. They can log on to the Internet and control<br />

the transportation systems in LEGO City. The planet<br />

(IAFIS) is the world’s largest<br />

biometric database. It’s located at<br />

the Criminal Justice Information<br />

Hubble Space Telescope.<br />

The SLIC is built in Bridgeport<br />

by FMW Composite Systems,<br />

more information.<br />

In November 2010, the ribbon was cut on the WVU-NASA Robotics Center at<br />

the tech park. Scientists and engineers at the center are developing s<strong>of</strong>tware and<br />

Mars is also part <strong>of</strong> the colorful, miniature community.<br />

Thousands <strong>of</strong> people from all over the world have<br />

logged on to steer LEGO versions <strong>of</strong> NASA’s Mars<br />

Services Division in Clarksburg.<br />

IAFIS’s average response time<br />

in a criminal investigation is<br />

around 10 minutes. In addition to<br />

Inc. FMW specializes in<br />

composite manufacturing<br />

utilizing a variety <strong>of</strong> matrix<br />

robotic components that will capture existing satellites to refuel and repair them<br />

while in orbit. This technology will be utilized for future space missions as part <strong>of</strong> the<br />

rovers around a tabletop recreation <strong>of</strong> the Red Planet.<br />

For more information visit www.marshall.edu/LEGO.<br />

criminal histories, tattoos, mug<br />

shots and physical characteristics<br />

systems, including metal,<br />

polymer and rubber.<br />

NASA Space Servicing Capabilities Project. The project development and robotic<br />

such as height, weight, and hair<br />

and eye color.<br />

technology will be showcased in outreach programs to schools around the state.<br />

Linda Hamilton works with one <strong>of</strong> the robotics that<br />

For more information contact Dr. Thomas Evans at Thomas.Evans@mail.wvu.edu.<br />

maneuver around LEGO City at Marshall University.<br />

Photo by Ron Snow<br />

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Young visitors to the Clay Center<br />

play with an exhibit and conduct a<br />

scientific experiment.<br />


Old Favorites, New Fun<br />

When the Clay Center for the Arts<br />

and Sciences opened in Charleston the<br />

summer <strong>of</strong> 2003, the goal was to <strong>of</strong>fer<br />

kids and their parents a place to explore<br />

science on the screen and in their<br />

hands. Eight years later, the dream is<br />

being realized each day.<br />

South Charleston<br />

Research Pays Off<br />

The <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Education,<br />

Research and Technology Park<br />

(WVERTP) in South Charleston<br />

is the newest research campus<br />

in the higher education system.<br />

Focus areas include energy,<br />

chemicals and biotechnology.<br />

The goal is to turn investments<br />

in higher education and<br />

research into business and<br />

economic growth.<br />

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“The Clay Center is great for families because they can learn together, whether it’s<br />

a movie about oceans in the giant-screen theater, a planetarium show, or an exhibit,”<br />

said Lewis Ferguson, director <strong>of</strong> Visual Arts and Sciences.<br />

The Clay Center has a new gallery called Mylan Explore-atory. It features a variety<br />

<strong>of</strong> changing, temporary science exhibits throughout the year to give guests new and<br />

different experiences. There will be a new exhibit every three months.<br />

“These will be appealing to all age groups,” Ferguson said. “The first one was all<br />

about the history <strong>of</strong> toys and the science behind them. Then we had a space exhibit<br />

where visitors could see the world from a satellite’s perspective. This past summer<br />

we let people put their sleuthing skills to the test. They used forensic science<br />

techniques like fingerprinting and DNA analysis to investigate clues at a crime scene.”<br />

The Clay Center has several exhibits and play areas that are permanent fixtures.<br />

Gizmo Factory is made up <strong>of</strong> more than 30 exhibits exploring physical science with<br />

emphasis on engineering, sound, light, color, energy and magnetism. Health Royale<br />

lets kids explore the human body and test their health knowledge. Kidspace is an area<br />

reserved for the littlest visitors, age five and under.<br />

The Clay Center also <strong>of</strong>fers workshops for both kids and adults. The hours are<br />

Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more<br />

information visit www.theclaycenter.org.<br />

Students from Harrison Middle School in Pittsburgh fly a mission<br />

to the moon at the Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling.<br />


Blast Off!<br />

In Wheeling, the Challenger Learning Center brings the dream <strong>of</strong> space travel<br />

to life. Kids climb aboard a space station, conduct scientific experiments and work<br />

together to solve problems. “Missions” include going to the moon, Mars or exploring<br />

Earth from space. Students in Mission Control direct the activities <strong>of</strong> the students on<br />

board the space station by navigating, maintaining life support systems, communicating<br />

or conducting research. The students experience the critical thinking, leadership,<br />

cooperation and problem-solving challenges necessary for mission success.<br />

“They really make the connection between what they learn in school and what<br />

they do here,” said Annie Morgan, assistant director <strong>of</strong> on-site programs at the center.<br />

“We see the light bulb go <strong>of</strong>f, when they realize why their teacher made them learn<br />

certain concepts. It’s so hands-on and interactive. They love challenging themselves<br />

and handling the mock emergency situations. Each mission lasts about four hours,<br />

and what we usually hear is that they wish it were longer!”<br />

The Challenger Learning Center opened at Wheeling Jesuit in 1994, and it’s one<br />

<strong>of</strong> 48 centers across the United States. Each year the center reaches 30,000 students<br />

either through onsite missions or the 750 video connections made to classrooms<br />

around the world. The program was started in 1986 by the families <strong>of</strong> the seven<br />

astronauts killed in the Challenger explosion that same year.<br />

“This program is such a fitting tribute, and I think the astronauts would be proud<br />

to see what’s come out <strong>of</strong> the tragedy,” Morgan said.<br />

To see kids in action during a mission, log on to wvcommerce.org/BlastOff. For more<br />

information about the Challenger Learning Center go to clc.cet.edu.<br />

From silicon chips to<br />

touch screens<br />

Did you know that some <strong>of</strong> the<br />

raw materials and components for<br />

your favorite personal electronics<br />

came from <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>?<br />

Nearly one-third <strong>of</strong> all silicon<br />

used in the United States, Canada<br />

and Mexico comes from the WVA<br />

Manufacturing LLC plant, tucked<br />

into the scenic upper Kanawha<br />

Valley. The small town <strong>of</strong> Alloy<br />

is home to the largest silicon<br />

metal smelter in North America.<br />

Its smelter operates around the<br />

clock. Every day <strong>of</strong> the year, it<br />

produces 360,000 to 380,000<br />

pounds <strong>of</strong> high-grade silicon<br />

metal that goes to industrial and<br />

consumer products, including<br />

microchips and electronics.<br />

Meanwhile, glass for touch<br />

screens is manufactured by<br />

EuropTech USA, Clarksburg. The<br />

company designs custom display<br />

panels with special coatings,<br />

silk-screening, special edgework<br />

and lamination for hand-held<br />

devices, kiosks, ATMs and<br />

numerous consumer, medical<br />

and military applications.<br />

A public information specialist with<br />

the <strong>Department</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Commerce</strong>,<br />

Courtney Sisk was born and raised in<br />

Beckley and is a proud graduate <strong>of</strong><br />

Marshall University. She and her son,<br />

Andrew, enjoy all the fun both indoors<br />

and out that <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> has to <strong>of</strong>fer.

easy green<br />

being<br />

in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong><br />

By Kim Harbour<br />

Photography by Steve Shaluta<br />


Growing Business –<br />

somewhere that’s green<br />

Are you dreaming <strong>of</strong> getting away for a weekend – or a lifetime – to<br />

someplace greener? Whether you want to start your own eco-friendly<br />

business or visit one, <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> is the place for you.<br />

“People hunger for authentic places to eat and drink. They’re looking<br />

for different experiences or unique products. They want something they<br />

can tell their friends about,” said Justin Gaull. Gaull is a <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong><br />

Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) coach who specializes<br />

in tourism-based businesses.<br />

“Geotourism is about being aware <strong>of</strong> our cultural assets and<br />

packaging them in a way for people to discover,” he added.<br />

“<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> has always been self-sufficient, rural and green. Today,<br />

there’s real potential to take advantage <strong>of</strong> the growing interest in local<br />

foods and eco-friendly travel to build upon what our businesses and<br />

main streets are naturally doing.”<br />

Martinsburg SBDC manager Christina Lundberg, agreed. She <strong>of</strong>ten<br />

coaches new entrepreneurs who left the Big City’s traffic and hassles to<br />

pursue full- or part-time agriculture-based businesses.<br />

“If you’re just starting, we may talk about how much land you have, whether you<br />

want it as a hobby and your goals for the next five years,” she said. “After farmers have<br />

had some successes with a few farmers markets for a few seasons, the questions are<br />

more related to product: What other items do you grow? Do you<br />

have enough quantity to expand? What do you do<br />

with any excess product? Do you want to<br />

diversify, adding something unique<br />

like heirloom tomatoes?”<br />

Panorama at the Peak’s<br />

certified-organic, humanely-<br />

raised beef hamburger with<br />

rosemary roasted organic<br />

Yukon Gold potatoes<br />

Far left, Cider Mill House’s<br />

Katherine Cimaglio on her<br />

family farm turned B&B.<br />

Bison calf from Orr’s Farm Market, Martinsburg<br />

As business coaches, Gaull and<br />

Lundberg evaluate where the people are<br />

in their business cycle and work with<br />

them to identify potential opportunities<br />

and area resources to help them grow.<br />

After all, in business, relationship<br />

is everything. But passion and good<br />

storytelling go into how the best<br />

entrepreneurs market themselves and<br />

the state.<br />

“It’s the same with any business. You<br />

have to be passionate about it. You have<br />

to love what you’re doing and be willing<br />

to tell your story,” Lundberg said.<br />

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Panorama at the Peak proprietors Leslie Hotaling and<br />

Patti Miller, along with Executive Chef Scott Collinash<br />

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What’s the Special? What’s in Season!<br />

In 2005, when Leslie Hotaling and<br />

Patti Miller bought an old steak house with<br />

the idea <strong>of</strong> creating a farm-centric restaurant,<br />

there was little interest in local foods and<br />

no models for what they wanted to do.<br />

Miller, previously a real estate agent<br />

in the Washington, D.C. area, had been<br />

informally researching human health<br />

and discovering how intimately it is tied<br />

to our food supply.<br />

“As I read the literature, I found<br />

that many diseases could be traced to<br />

nutrient and micronutrient deficiencies<br />

in today’s commercially-produced foods.<br />

I remember being stunned to read that<br />

it would take our eating four to eight<br />

oranges to get the same nutrient value <strong>of</strong><br />

iron or vitamin C that our grandmothers<br />

got with one orange!” Miller said.<br />

Miller and Hotaling bought a<br />

second home in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s Eastern<br />

Panhandle. Soon after, the Panorama<br />

property came up for sale.<br />

The new proprietors reached out to local farms. “We got to know our farms and<br />

our farmers. We carved out a niche for supporting people’s knowledge <strong>of</strong> and access<br />

to good, local organic and humanely-raised foods.” And in pursuing a small business<br />

based on a passion, Panorama at the Peak found growing success as the public’s<br />

appreciation for local food evolved.<br />

Panorama’s menu changes every week depending on what’s in season. There’s a lot<br />

<strong>of</strong> creative interplay between the players. The grower may have extra <strong>of</strong> something<br />

that’s in season and the chef figures out how to make something delicious out <strong>of</strong> it.<br />

Then the kitchen staff has to be up to the challenge <strong>of</strong> processing and storing it –<br />

making preserves and freezing fruits and veggies for year-round use.<br />

Calling Executive Chef Scott Collinash, the “chef <strong>of</strong> our dreams,” Miller said one <strong>of</strong> the<br />

“most fun things” happened earlier this year when Paul Mock <strong>of</strong> Mock’s Greenhouse and<br />

Landscaping, a hydroponic greenhouse in Berkeley Springs, harvested the tomato vines to<br />

prepare for the next season. There were still green tomatoes on the vines. So, Panorama<br />

bought 480 pounds <strong>of</strong> green tomatoes and promoted an event called the Great Green<br />

Tomato Harvest <strong>of</strong> January 2011. Panorama’s<br />

had green tomatoes in every item on the menu:<br />

green tomato entrees, green tomato chocolate<br />

cake and even a green tomato martini.<br />

“We turned Paul’s 400-pound-what-am-<br />

I-going-to-do-with-it into a real celebration.<br />

Our guests were tickled.” Miller said.<br />

Green tomato martini<br />

UNION<br />

Farm Fresh Orders Online<br />

Meanwhile, in the southern part <strong>of</strong> the state, technology is helping farmers in rural<br />

Monroe County reach new customers in the state’s capital, about three hours away.<br />

The non-pr<strong>of</strong>it Monroe Farm Market is operated out <strong>of</strong> Union as both a physical<br />

and virtual farmers market for fresh, local foods. On www.monroefarmmarket.org,<br />

member farmers log into the system to list how many pounds <strong>of</strong> tomatoes, cheese,<br />

baked goods, eggs, grass-fed beef, cucumbers or microgreens they have available that<br />

week. Customers pay a small annual fee to shop online. Then, once a week, market<br />

manager Keveney Bair and her team work with the farmers to fulfill the orders and<br />

deliver them to a pick-up location in Charleston. In doing so, the association connects<br />

20 farms to more than 100 individuals and restaurants, including the Bluegrass<br />

Kitchen, Lola’s Pizza, Tricky Fish and Bridge Road Bistro.<br />

“There’s a high quality and freshness to the items. The items are harvested the day<br />

before. That is very different than something that has traveled across the country,”<br />

Bair said. The market’s customers are young families and pr<strong>of</strong>essionals who enjoy<br />

cooking and food. The market gets referrals through word <strong>of</strong> mouth, friends <strong>of</strong> friends.<br />

Meanwhile, the pr<strong>of</strong>its go directly to the farmers.<br />

Each year, the market hosts several producer meetings where they talk about the<br />

marketplace. Bair said the member farms collaborate and make sure they have enough<br />

production <strong>of</strong> the specialty items that proved popular. They work with the county<br />

A Bluegrass Kitchen special made with Monroe County produce: roasted local<br />

spaghetti squash filled with Israeli couscous, stewed tomatoes, and red pepper coulis<br />

with local micro greens.<br />

Monroe Farm Market Manager<br />

Keveney Bair and Phillip Schrock<br />

deliver fresh produce to<br />

Charleston restaurants each week.<br />

extension agent and share information<br />

about extending the season by using high<br />

tunnels, unheated greenhouses made <strong>of</strong><br />

PVC pipe arches and plastic sheeting.<br />

“Wild and wonderful is very true<br />

about Monroe Country,” Bair said. “I like<br />

helping to provide a source <strong>of</strong> income<br />

for the family farms and we think it’s<br />

important that restaurants start using<br />

more local foods. A lot more care goes<br />

into the food grown on a small farm –<br />

it’s a good direction for everyone and<br />

I enjoy being part <strong>of</strong> that.”


Greening Main Street: Ronceverte’s Eco District<br />

Historic and high tech are not <strong>of</strong>ten<br />

mentioned in the same breath – that is,<br />

unless you’re visiting Ronceverte’s Eco-<br />

District. Here, solar photovoltaic (PV)<br />

panels and geothermal projects are part<br />

<strong>of</strong> an award-winning business strategy<br />

for community revitalization.<br />

“Sally, Sharon and I own three <strong>of</strong><br />

the most visible buildings in town.<br />

They’re the first building you see as you<br />

enter or leave the town,” Main Street Program Manager Doug Hylton said, referring<br />

to Sally Baker <strong>of</strong> the Main Street Economic Restructuring Committee and Sharon<br />

Schaefer <strong>of</strong> the Promotion Committee. Then, Hylton ruefully added, “They’re also<br />

the biggest eye sores in town! We have to do them right. They represent a key to<br />

our revitalization!”<br />

Hylton, Baker and Schaefer are entrepreneurs, investing in their own building<br />

renovations. By doing so, they’re also helping to shape a progressive direction for<br />

redevelopment <strong>of</strong> downtown. There is keen business logic behind the developers’<br />

green plans. Making the buildings as energy efficient as possible helps them save<br />

money as owners, as it serves as a tool to promote Ronceverte as a destination.<br />

Renick<br />

Reclaimed Wood: Renick Millworks<br />

In a mill that’s tucked away in a<br />

rural corner <strong>of</strong> Greenbrier County,<br />

old barns are turned into gleaming<br />

hardwood flooring for customers<br />

throughout the country.<br />

“We’re all about reclaimed wood. It’s<br />

good for the environment and it looks<br />

good,” said Jay Petre, the president <strong>of</strong><br />

Renick Millworks. Petre’s company has<br />

carved its niche producing sustainable<br />

products from recycled and reclaimed<br />

wood. Although Renick Millworks<br />

also makes custom timber materials,<br />

its reclaimed wood flooring gives the<br />

company a nation-wide presence to<br />

choosy, eco-minded customers.<br />

“I like wood – and I like old wood from<br />

a ‘uniqueness’ factor,” he said. “I hate<br />

to see old structural buildings falling<br />

down and rotting into the ground. I<br />

think, ‘Oh, wow, that could be made<br />

into something nice.’<br />

“The reclaimed wood has a lot <strong>of</strong><br />

history to it. We can track where every<br />

floorboard came from – whether it<br />

was an old barn in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> or an<br />

old schoolhouse in Tennessee. It all<br />

has its own story.”<br />

Ronceverte’s Main Street is evolving into<br />

an eco district.<br />

Photo by David Fatalleh<br />

Ronceverte’s eco efforts already are being noticed. This<br />

May, Hylton, Baker and Schaefer won the 2010 Governor’s<br />

Main Street and On Trac Community Award for Innovation,<br />

along with a $15,000 award to advance their eco-district plans.<br />

“As we retr<strong>of</strong>it the buildings, we’re trying to mesh both<br />

historic preservation and energy efficiency requirements.<br />

We want our buildings to have that 1880s character, but the<br />

new construction must serve the modern technology and<br />

comfort needs <strong>of</strong> the tenants and businesses we want to bring<br />

to town,” Hylton said.<br />

“Solar panels aren’t an issue with historic renovation,<br />

as long as they can’t be seen from the street,” Baker<br />

added. “We have to devise a way to install the panels so<br />

they can’t be seen. We need to be open to more types <strong>of</strong><br />

design. It may require more thought, more networking<br />

and more paperwork – but energy efficiency and historic<br />

renovation do go together pretty well.”<br />

The green/historic approach helped the three<br />

developers qualify for a variety <strong>of</strong> grants and financing<br />

including historic preservation tax credits and two<br />

U.S. <strong>Department</strong> <strong>of</strong> Agriculture’s energy grants.<br />

Accessing these funds is helping Baker, Schaefer and<br />

Hylton realize their entrepreneurial dreams.<br />

Baker and Schaefer plan to operate WV ReUsers in<br />

Ronceverte, which will re-use building supplies to keep<br />

them out <strong>of</strong> the landfill. In the meantime, a florist has<br />

moved into their first newly-renovated space.<br />

Hylton plans to open a 1950s-style soda fountain<br />

and deli in his new green building: The Ronceverte<br />

Ice Creamery and Deli. Hylton wants to make his own<br />

ice cream, possibly using the solar panels to pasteurize<br />

the raw milk.<br />

“Green is good for business,” Baker said.<br />

“The greener we can make our properties and the<br />

town, the more attractive they will be for business.”<br />

Charleston<br />

Paden City<br />

Recycled Glass: Marble King<br />

Marble King Incorporated manufactures<br />

a million glass marbles each day.<br />

“About 95 percent <strong>of</strong> the marbles are<br />

being made with recycled glass. We’re<br />

saving at least four-and-a-half tons <strong>of</strong> glass<br />

each day from the landfill, including waste glass from<br />

Fenton Art Glass and Blenko Glass,” explained Marble<br />

King’s President and CEO Beri Fox. The marbles are<br />

used for children’s games, industrial applications, and<br />

decorative items such as stained glass lamps, art and<br />

jewelry. They are exported to 17 countries, worldwide.<br />

The Power <strong>of</strong> Chuck<br />

The <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Power has teamed up with Charleston Area<br />

Medical Center to promote healthy eating to area kids using the<br />

team’s yellow mascot, Chuck.<br />

In school visits and other activities, Chuck’s Healthy Challenge<br />

to kids boils down to 5-2-1-0: five fruits and vegetables, two<br />

hours or less <strong>of</strong> screen time, one hour <strong>of</strong> vigorous activity and no<br />

sugared beverages each day. A website, www.wvpowerCHUCK.<br />

com, hosts health tips, videos, games and activities for kids.<br />

This season, the Class A affiliate <strong>of</strong> the Pittsburgh Pirates added<br />

Chuck’s Natural Grill to their themed concession stands at the<br />

ballpark. Power fans, young and old, can enjoy healthy options<br />

such as organic buffalo burgers, grass-fed beef and garden<br />

burgers while watching the action.<br />

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Close Encounters with Nature<br />

Fred, a fiber-producing Pygora goat<br />

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at The Cider Mill House<br />

You’d be surprised how <strong>of</strong>ten Katherine Cimaglio’s guests ask her to explain the chicken<br />

and the egg. “People don’t know where their food comes from anymore!” she laughs.<br />

Fortunately, they’ve come to the right place: The Cider Mill House in Hedgesville.<br />

Here, guests can be as hands on as they want to be with the farm, its animals or the<br />

outdoors, while enjoying a comfortable stay at the bed and breakfast.<br />

Located about two hours outside <strong>of</strong> Washington, DC, halfway between Martinsburg<br />

and Berkeley Springs, the 200-year-old stone house was Cimaglio’s childhood home.<br />

She inherited it and converted it in a B&B with her husband, Ed, four years ago.<br />

“As a kid growing up here, it was just the biggest playground in the world. I love to<br />

watch new people discover it, now,” she said.<br />

“We’re very animal oriented. Our Guinea hens and chickens are handled a lot<br />

and they’re friendly. They’re always looking for hand outs. Our goats are our goodwill<br />

ambassadors; in fact, past guests ask for them by name!”<br />

Natural and local history lessons abound for the inn’s guests, mostly city or<br />

suburban people who come from DC, Baltimore, New Jersey and New York. In<br />

Ed and Katherine Cimaglio on<br />

the steps <strong>of</strong> the 200-year-old<br />

stone house that belonged to<br />

Katherine’s family.<br />

addition to the farm animals, the Cimaglios have created three miles <strong>of</strong> hiking trails<br />

through the woods and they’re working with the <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> Division <strong>of</strong> Forestry<br />

on land management projects, including reducing non-native, invasive plant species.<br />

Nearby is the area where the stones for the house were quarried 200 years ago. There’s<br />

also a flint outcropping where the Indians once stopped and made arrowheads.<br />

“Our guests walk in the woods and see wild turkey and deer. They bring back interesting<br />

rocks or arrowheads. There are natural springs on the property and folks are interested to<br />

learn how water bubbles up out <strong>of</strong> the ground. People don’t get outside much anymore.<br />

Here, they like the opportunity to interact with nature in a comfortable and safe way.<br />

“People are overwhelmed by the open space. They come down to breakfast and<br />

comment on how quiet it is. Or they’re amazed by the number <strong>of</strong> stars or how dark it is,”<br />

she adds. “I try to get them to turn <strong>of</strong>f all the electronics and just decompress. If people<br />

can go home feeling better<br />

about themselves and the Read extended articles online.<br />

world and their lives –<br />

Tell us how you enjoy<br />

then, we’ve done it!” being green in<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>:<br />

wvcommerce.org/green<br />

Do <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong>’s<br />

green qualities attract<br />

new business?<br />

Sure! Ask Jonathan Moore,<br />

the founder <strong>of</strong> Rowdy Orbit in<br />

Martinsburg. He moved from<br />

Baltimore, Md., to pursue his own<br />

online entertainment business.<br />

He values the more balanced life<br />

he and his family have found.<br />

“Being in <strong>West</strong> <strong>Virginia</strong> helps a<br />

start-up from a cost perspective.<br />

But there are psychological<br />

advantages, too. We have<br />

rocking chairs on our porch.<br />

When I have friends who come<br />

to visit – they they’ll sit on the<br />

porch. It’s peaceful and quiet,<br />

with a little wind blowing. Ten<br />

minutes later, they’re asleep. I<br />

love to let them nap on my porch<br />

– because, you just can’t do that<br />

in Baltimore!”<br />

Moore said he’s gotten his whole<br />

family to eat healthier by buying<br />

local foods. He loves shopping at<br />

Orr’s Farm Market.<br />

“When I go back to Baltimore, I<br />

take farmers market vegetables<br />

and fruits to them. I never knew<br />

an apple could taste like this in<br />

my life before I came here. When<br />

the peaches come out, I’m there.<br />

Whatever is in season I’m the first<br />

one in line!<br />

“The air is cleaner, the food is<br />

fresher, stars are brighter and the<br />

people wave to you.”<br />

Kim Harbour dreamed <strong>of</strong> a hobby farm<br />

while living in NYC and LA. Next month<br />

she hopes to collect the first eggs<br />

from her backyard flock in Hurricane.<br />

Contact: kim.l.harbour@wv.gov

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