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“Take Me Home, Country Roads”

“One of our favorite pieces of #AlmostHeaven is this song! . . . “Take Me Home, Country Roads” Performed by John Denver; Courtesy of Windstar Productions”    (2:00/2018 / WV Tourism)

“Experience West Virginia” – West Virginia Welcome Video

(8:25/2011 / WV Tourism)

“Welcome Video for National Association Of Commissions For Women”

(3:00/2012 / WV Tourism)

“This Is Our West Virginia” – West Virginia Chamber of Commerce

wv studies teacher resources“A montage showing aspects of life in West Virginia in 2009. From employment to enjoyment, these glimpses of West Virginia culture and geography make up who we are and what we do.” 

(The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization–it is not part of WV State Government.)

(5:06/2009 / WV Chamber of Commerce)

“Tribute to West Virginia”

wv studies“The cast of the American Mountain Theater in Elkins takes you through a narrative and musical history of West Virginia in honor of the state’s 150th Birthday.”

Some good West Virginia history lessons in the narration. Interesting historic photos.  (The American Mountain Theater in Elkins is no longer active.)   (8:16/2013/ American Mountain Theater)

“West Virginia – America’s Richest State – A Time Lapse Film by Alex Wilson”

“From Dolly Sods to Grandview and Marshall University to West Virginia University, West Virginia has beauty and people that make it the richest state in America.”     (3:26/2017/Alex Wilson)

“West Virginia Morning”

WEST VIRGINIA STATE CAPITOL“This West Virginia Lottery commercial produced by MotionMasters in 2001 shows the beauty of the state of West Virginia.”  (0.59/2014 / MotionMasters)

“Jennifer Garner and Sam Trammell for West Virginia Hospitality”

WEST VIRGINIA STATE CAPITOL“This is a throwback to an excerpt from a video Jennifer Garner and Sam Trammell hosted for West Virginia Tourism and Hospitality. In 1999, they traveled the state to showcase tourism opportunities. Jennifer is a West Virginia native and Sam grew up here.”   (4:24/2014 / MotionMasters)

“Jennifer Garner Teaches You West Virginia Slang”

wv history“On this episode of “Slang School,” Jennifer Garner teaches you West Virginia slang.”   (3:07/2018 / Vanity Fair)


WV history“Highlights of film & TV productions that have used beautiful and versatile landscapes found in the Mountain State.”   (3:25/2016/West Virginia Film Office)

“150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of West Virginia Pride”

“West Virginia’s history was brought to life in this magnificent three-dimensional film projected directly onto the face of the State Capitol for West Virginia’s 150th birthday. The 3-D projection was created and produced by Monster Media 3D, and the fireworks show was produced by Zambelli.”     (7:00/2013 / State of West Virginia)

“West Virginia Facts”

wv historyExplore West Virginia Tourism’s West Virginia Facts” Brochure (pdf) (9/2007) — includes: Capitol Facts; A sampling of Famous West Virginians; Unusual Facts about the Mountain State; Official State Symbols; Tourism Regions map with Counties and County Seats

“West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History”

West Virginia Arts Culture History“The mission of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History is to identify, preserve, protect, promote and present the ideas, arts and artifacts of West Virginia’s heritage, building pride in our past accomplishments and confidence in our future.”

“The Department’s main offices are in the Culture Center at the State Capitol in Charleston. The building is home to the State Museum and Theater, the State Archives and Collections, and a library for genealogical research. The Department includes the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and the State Historic Preservation Office. At the Culture Center, the Department programs a full year of events and exhibits. The Department also administers four historical sites, with their own program schedules, in other areas of the state.”

Explore “West V Department of Arts, Culture and History” Website

“West Virginia Public Broadcasting”

west virginia broadcasting“MISSION: West Virginia Public Broadcasting satisfies the human need to learn. Our programs nurture personal growth and civic responsibility, respect people’s intelligence, and promote life-long discovery.”

wv public broadcasting“VISION: West Virginia Public Broadcasting, through our unique programs and services, will empower people to broaden their perspectives, appreciate their history and become active in their communities. Using the power of public service media, we will create more informed, more educated, more motivated, and more prosperous citizens who will build a better West Virginia for our children and grandchildren.”

Explore “West Virginia Public Broadcasting” Website

“West Virginia Humanities Council”

west virginia historywv history“The West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, nonprofit organization providing lifelong learning opportunities to the state’s citizens.  WVHC serves as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

Explore “West Virginia Humanities Council” Website

“West Virginia Department of Commerce”

wv studies state symbols“The overall mission of the Department of Commerce is to promote and preserve the well-being of the citizens of West Virginia by providing a cooperative interagency system that stimulates diverse economic growth and increased employment opportunities for all West Virginians, encourages the appropriate use of our state’s abundant natural resources, improves the safety and productivity of our work force, and promotes the beauty and desirability of our state as a world-class tourism destination.”

The Department of Commerce currently includes the following agencies:

  • Division of Forestry
  • Division of Labor
  • Division of Natural Resources
  • Geological & Economic Survey
  • Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training
  • WorkForce West Virginia
  • The Division of Rehabilitation Services

Explore “West Virginia Dept of Commerce” Website

“West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association”

wv travel “The West Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association (WVHTA) is the official voice of the food service, lodging, convention and visitors bureaus, and travel industries in the state. The WVHTA represents the hospitality and travel industry’s interests to both governmental and private sectors. WVHTA serves as the connection between all those involved with the development of tourism in West Virginia. . .The purpose of this association is to unite and benefit West Virginia’s unique lodging, restaurant/food service, travel and allied industries for the protection, education and promotion of their common goals and interests.”

Explore “West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association” Website

“West Virginia Association of CVBs”

wv visitors wv studies West Virginia WV Association of Convention and Visitors bureaus cvb“The primary purpose of West Virginia ACVB is to enhance the professionalism, effectiveness, and image of CVBs throughout West Virginia thereby increasing each CVB’s ability to more successfully market their destination. WVACVB and its members, working with the West Virginia Division of Tourism and thousands of tourism businesses, have a significant positive impact on tourism in the State of West Virginia.”

Explore “West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus” Website

    “West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureaus (CVBs)”

Explore West Virginia Tourism’s “West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureaus” Website – includes links to each CVB 

“West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals”

WV Fairs festivals“Our organization represents over 200 Fair and Festival events and Associate members throughout West Virginia. Together they are a vital part of West Virginia’s tourism economy. It is critical that we continue to lobby for our industry and apply collective efforts to solving problems and creating new ideas for the future.”

Explore WVAFF Website  —  Scroll to bottom of page for the menu or click the “hamburger” in upper right of page

Explore WVAFF’s “Event Members – Alphabetical” Website

Explore WVAFF’s “”Event Dates” Website – clicking on a month willl open a dropdown of events

Explore WVAFF’s “2016 Calendar of Events” pdf

Explore WVAFF’s “2015 Calendar of Events” pdf

Explore Extensive “List of WVAFF 2015 Event Members” pdf

Explore WVAFF’s “2014 Calendar of Events” pdf

    “Fairs and Festivals” – West Virginia Tourism

Explore West Virginia Tourism’s “Fairs and Festivals” Website

“Bridge Day”

bridge day wv new river gorge other“Bridge Day—one of the largest extreme sports event in the world—is held annually on the third Saturday in October in Fayette County, West Virginia (WV), USA. Hundreds of BASE jumpers and nearly 80,000 spectators are expected to attend the event.”

Explore “Bridge Day” Website – numerous sponsor advertisements

“Appalachian Regional Commission

appal region commappal region map“The Appalachian Region includes all of West Virginia and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The Region is home to more than 25 million people and covers 420 counties and almost 205,000 square miles.”

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Explore “Appalachian Regional Development Commission” Website

“The HUB – The West Virginia Community Development Hub”

“The West Virginia Community Development Hub supports West Virginians with the tools and training they need to lead and spark positive change in their hometowns and across our state. 

“In 2009, The Hub was founded by a small group of passionate, committed community development leaders who saw an opportunity to establish a new, innovative approach to catalyze community growth and transformational change in rural areas of West Virginia. Their goal was to create an organization that would serve as a technical assistance provider, a coach for communities, and a team to connect the network of resources available across the state to serve West Virginia communities.

“The Hub’s purpose is to:  1. Coach volunteer community leadership teams to help them build sustained development in rural communities; and  2. Grow the overall community economic development system in West Virginia through collaborative partnerships that use innovative approaches to address systemic challenges for rural development.” 

Explore “The Hub’s” Website

“West Virginia Explorer”

WV Explorer“Follow roads less traveled into West Virginia and some of the world’s most inspiring landscapes. Ghost towns, mountain trails, and whitewater rivers await. The West Virginia Explorer has been a leading provider of travel information for West Virginia since 1999.”

Explore “West Virginia Explorer” Website – Limited Advertisements

“Only in Your State”

west virginia other“Since launching in 2015, OnlyInYourState’s team of travel writers has penned over 100,000 articles highlighting the hidden gems, little known attractions, and natural wonders of each of our 50 unique states. Collectively, our articles have reached millions of passionate readers and have brought love and attention to hundreds of small and large businesses across the nation.”

Explore Only in Your State’s “West Virginia” Website – limited advertisements

“Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in West Virginia” – Atlas Obscura

west virginia places“At Atlas Obscura, our mission is to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share.”
“We share discoveries.  We report extraordinary stories. We host local experiences.  We lead amazing trips.”

Explore “Atlas Obscura” Website – (limited advertisements)

Explore Atlas Obscura’s “Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in West Virginia” Website – (limited advertisements) – includes:

Lake Shawnee Amusement Park; Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum; Archive of the Afterlife; Thurmond; Mystery Hole; New River Gorge Bridge; Mothman Statue; Nuttallburg; Mount Wood Castle and Cemetery; Congressional Fallout Shelter at the Greenbrier Resort; Glen Jean School; Alderson Academy; TNT Area; New Vrindaben Palace of Gold; West Virginia State Penitentiary; Curious Rock; Berkeley Castle; Cass Scenic Railroad;

Kenova’s Pumpkin House; Exhibition Coal Mine; Spruce Knob; George Washington’s Bathtub; Grave Creek Mound; Mummies of Philippi; World’s Largest Teapot; Abandoned Lock No. 19; True Treats; Green Bank: A Town for “wi-fi” Refugees; Green Bank Telescope; Lost World Caverns; Hank Williams Death Monument; Mortar Man; Brandy Gap Tunnel #2; Hoye-Crest; Arthurdale Historic District; Luther Elkins Petroglyphs;

Birthplace of the Steamboat; Brooklyn Ruins; Ken Sinsel’s Metal Sculptures; Morganton PRT; O’Hurley’s General Store; Weirton; Henry Clay Iron Furnace; Our Lady of the Pines; B&O Railroad Station and Willard Hotel; West Virginia Farm Museum; Red Ash Island Cemetery; Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial; Philip Sporn Mine;

Blennerhassett Island; Big Apple Time Capsule; Pearl S. Buck Birthplace; Point Pleasant Battlefield Memorial; National Tracing Center; Sweeney Punch Bowl; Stanley Heirs Park; “Power”; Blenko Man; Willow Island Disaster Memorial; Grave of Thomas Bullitt; Mountwood Park; Kaymoor Mines; Whipple Company Store

“Weird Wonderful West Virginia”

wv-public-broadcast“View and discuss the short programs in this collection to examine recreation, history, exceptional individuals and groups, geography, the arts, and oddities in West Virginia. Content is appropriate for anyone with an interest in West Virginia.”

Explore West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s “Weird Wonderful West Virginia” Website – video list may vary slightly when you visit

Mummies Dearest
Moundsville Ghosts
Identifying Flying Objects
Oh Suite!
Dracula Takes the Stage
West Virginia | BASEc FactsLinks to the Past
Mountain Highs
27 Seconds Downhill
Water Water
Gauley Season

Wild Ramps!
Burning Springs
Digging Ginseng
Toy Story
Jack Frosty
Stradivarius of Steel
I, Too, Am an Appalachian
Honky Tonked Hank
Keeping the Music Alive
Rocket Man
Doughboy Buckles
Katherine Johnson | NASA Computer

Southern Belle
For Those Who Gave All
Standing with Her Brothers
Green Lights
Light My Fire
Home Plates
Fenton Glass
Steamboat Jimmy
Soda Straws and Hoppers: Organ Cave
West Virginians in War | Recognizing Rosies: West Virginia’s Women in the Factories

“My West Virginia Home in Photos”

Photos of Kanawha and some surrounding Counties

“As a native West Virginian,  I have grown, lived, and worked in WV for most of my life.  I have seen many changes, both good and bad.  I have witnessed the best we have to offer, and the worst.  West Virginians have always been relegated to their fate:  They don’t ask for much, and so are rarely disappointed.  Most consider WV a good place to start a family where it’s relatively safe from the big city problems. . .”

Explore “My West Virginia Home” Website

“West Virginia Book Company”

“The West Virginia Book Company is owned and operated by long-time Charleston resident Bill Clements. Assisted by Tammy Lowers, together we have over 50 years experience selling books in West Virginia. Our company’s wide range of offerings – books on folklore, nature, tourism, ghost stories, history, the Civil War, children’s books and more – allows us to be your “one-stop shop” for state and local interest books.”

Explore “West Virginia Book Company” Commercial Website

“McClain Printing Company”

“Printers with Experience”

“Looking for Regional and County History books of West Virginia?  You’ve come to the right place.

“Since 1958, McClain Printing Company has earned a reputation throughout West Virginia and the east coast as a reliable, professional and creative printing business.

“Commercial printing was an addition years ago to an already thriving family business of book printing. The founder of MPC, Ken McClain, found that many of the regional and county history books of West Virginia were out of print and hard to obtain. The editor of the hometown paper in Tucker County, WV, he was asked to reprint many of the old histories of the area. Thus, the publishing division of MPC was created and from that, private book publishing at MPC was born.”

Explore “McClain Printing Company” Commercial Website

“35th Star Publishing”

“35th Star Publishing is a small press publisher located in Charleston, West Virginia, focusing on non-fiction titles relating to West Virginia and the Appalachian region … We are a traditional, niche publisher. We tend to work on projects that most larger publishers would not consider to be cost effective. Our typical project is a non-fiction work associated with West Virginia history and culture.”

Explore “35th Star Publishing” Commercial Website

Miscellaneous links, videos, fairs and festivals, and other information not included elsewhere in the website. 

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