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    The Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum --
    four miles south of Grafton on U.S. Route 119/250, Webster, WV
    The house became a focal point of the Civil War when General George B. McClellan used it as his headquarters, and his troops were encamped across the road in what is now Ocean Pearl Felton Historic Park.

    Avampato Discovery Museum --
    300 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV
    Whether you would like to stroll through some of the finest art exhibitions in the nation, actively explore two floors of interactive science exhibits, or take in a film or planetarium show in the giant domed theater, your destination should be the Avampato Discovery Museum.

    Berkeley County Historical Society --
    136 East Race Street, Martinsburg, WV
    The Berkeley County Historical Society is a focus group dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of history in Berkeley County West Virginia.

    Blenko Glass Company, Inc. --
    Fairgrounds Road, Milton, WV
    Join the thousands who visit the Blenko Glass Company and its Visitor Center to gain an understanding of the making of handblown glassware. You will be entranced with the first floor's factory outlet area and its many examples of the craftsman's art. On the second floor you will see the Designer's corner, where nine leading American stained glass studios have each contributed for display, a beautiful exhibit of their artistry as practiced today. Also, visit a museum containing a Country Music Award trophy, Presidential Gifts, U.S. Capitol lighting globes, and original Williamsburg® stemware. From a special observation deck you can look into a large area inside the plant and watch molten glass take its final form.

    Blennerhassett Island --
    137 Juliana St., Parkersburg, WV
    While on the island, visitors can enjoy picnicking, horse-drawn wagon rides, shopping at the Friends of Blennerhassett Gift Shop, the refreshment stand, bike rentals, nature walks, and, of course, touring the beautiful Blennerhassett Mansion. The island ticket booth sells tickets for the mansion and wagon ride tours. It also serves as the first aid station. Blennerhassett's tranquility enthralls many visitors as they walk the wagon trail-road encircling the upper end of the island. Rich plant life, huge trees, and varied wildlife are a rare treat.

    Camp Washington-Carver --
    HC 35, Box 5, Clifftop, WV
    Camp Washington-Carver, a Mountain Cultural Arts Center located at Clifftop in Fayette County, West Virginia, programs a summer season of events from music concerts to theater. The facility may also be rented for family reunions, company picnics, weddings and other private activities. Programs like the African-American Heritage Arts Camp and the Appalachian String Band Festival, along with the camp's Great Chestnut Lodge, the largest log structure of its kind in the world, make this site a favorite place for Mountain State festivities.

    Children's Museum of the Ohio Valley --
    1000 Main St, Wheeling, WV
    Interactive, hands-on exhibits on science, art, literature and history.

    The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia --
    One Clay Square, Charleston, WV
    The 240,000 square foot Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences - West Virginia opened on July 12, 2003. The Center houses the performing arts, visual arts and the sciences under one roof - one of the few centers of its kind in the country. The facility is home to both the Avampato Discovery Museum and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The Clay Center is one of the most ambitious economic, cultural and educational undertakings in West Virginia history. The Clay Center enhances the region's "quality of life" and enriches the lives of all West Virginians.

    Fenton Art Glass --
    700 Elizabeth Street, Williamstown, WV
    Owning a piece of Fenton Art Glass is a delight, but watching it made is an outright thrill! The free guided factory tour offered on weekdays is up close and personal. Knowledgeable and friendly guides take you right to the action where skilled glassworkers use the tours and techniques of centuries ago to create beautiful art glass right before your eyes! You'll see glassblowing and pressing operations as well as Fenton's signature skills -- basket handling and "ringing!"

    General Adam Stephen House and Triple Brick Museum --
    309-313 East John St., Martinsburg, WV
    Stone home of the founder of Martinsburg, Revolutionary War General Adam Stephen, furnished in 1750-1820 period, and the town museum including artifacts and local history items such as quilts, military uniforms, railroading, etc.
    Grave Creek Mound Archaeology Complex --
    801 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, WV
    The heart of the site is probably the most famous and certainly the largest of the Adena Burial mounds. A massive undertaking, the total effort required the movement of more than 60,000 tons of earth. Artifacts and exhibits interpreting the lifestyle of the Adena people are displayed in the Delf Norona Museum, adjacent to the 2,000 year old mound. The museum also features a gift shop and a gallery where fine art is exhibited throughout the year. Grave Creek Archaeology Complex also maintains a 150-seat theater with a small stage. Call 304-843-4128 or 1-800-CALLWVA to rent the auditorium for concerts, lectures, or meetings.

    Heritage Farm Museum and Village --
    3300 Harvey Road, Huntington, WV
    The Site depicts life in Appalachia from the 1850's through the 1950's. Features a variety of rural displays including farm implements, spinning and weaving, blacksmith shop, washing machines, antiques cars and engines, and a country store. Most of the collection is housed in restored log cabins. Group meeting and overnight accomodations are also available.

    Historic Madie Carroll House --
    234 Guyan St., Huntington, WV
    Built c.1810, it came on a flatboat from Gallipolis to Guyandotte. It is a Federal period house, housing antiques, 75% of Carroll family furnishings, including many Eastlake antiques. For its first 20 years it was a Catholic church.

    Homer Laughlin China Company --
    Sixth and Harrison Street, Newell, WV
    Huntington Museum of Art --
    2033 McCoy Road, Huntington, WV
    Known for its collections of American Art, Near Eastern onjects, antique firearms, and glass, the Museum is located on 52 wooded acres with two nature trails. Museum Shop open year round. The Art Museum and Conservatory host the Hilltop Festival the weekend after Labor Day in September, and the Huntington Museum of Art Ball in February.

    The Jenkins Plantation Museum --
    8814 Ohio River Road, Lesage, WV
    Since 1835 a large brick house, essentially a mansion in its time and place, has stood sentinel on the banks of the Ohio River. It is the home of the Jenkins family, the most notable of whom was General Albert Gallatin Jenkins, C.S.A. His family owned more than 4,000 acres and maintained a successful plantation at Green Bottom, in what was then western Virginia.

    Marshall University Geology Museum --
    400 Hal Green Blvd., Huntington, WV
    Museum consists of rocks, minerals, and fossils displayed in glass cases. There are no scheduled tours although on occasions school groups do come and see the displays. There are no official guided tours.
    Monongalia Arts Center --
    107 High Street, Morgantown, WV
    Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) is a non-profit arts and culture center serving Morgantown and Monongalia County. The MAC offers classes in both the visual and performing arts, as well as housing the Benedum Gallery , Davis Gallery and Tanner Theatre.

    Morgantown History Museum --
    111 High Street , Morgantown, WV
    Exhibits include artifacts from general Woodworking, Seneca Glass, Met Theater, Summers Printing Press, and Morgan Shirt Factory.

    Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park --
    Chief Logan State Park, Logan, WV
    Museum of Radio and Technology --
    1640 Florence Ave, Huntington, WV
    New Era One-Room School - Living Heritage Museum --
    Rt 14 South, Mineral Wells, WV
    The New Era School was built in 1884. This one-room school is on the campus of the Mineral Wells School. The interior is complete with original desks, pot-bellied stove, bell, and numerous artifacts. There is a collection of information and pictures of schools in Wood County.

    North House Museum --
    301 W. Washington Street, Lewisburg, WV
    Built in 1820, the North House Museum contains the collections of the Greenbrier Historical Society, including many of the finest examples of early Virginia furnishings. Visitors to the North House are treated to a special view of two hundred years of life in the United States. From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War to World War II, the lives of everyday Americans can be seen at the North House. Whether your interests are early decorative arts or life on the 18th century frontier, you'll find just what you're looking for at the North House.
    Oglebay Institute --
    1330 National Road, Wheeling, WV
    Oglebay Institute is the largest private arts organization in West Virginia. Founded in 1930 through the vision of the Oglebay family, OI offers cultural, educational. environmental and recreational programming for personal and professional growth. The six facilities which encompass OI include: the Glass Museum, the Mansion Museum, the Stifel Fine Arts Center, the School of Dance, Towngate Theatre & Cinema and the Schrader Environmental Education Center.

    Oglebay's Good Zoo & Benedum Planetarium --
    Rt. 88 N, Wheeling, WV
    Visitors of all ages will find something pleasing at our zoo which is dedicated to the memory of a seven-year-old boy named Phillip Mayer Good, who loved nature. Come and visit over 100 species of animals nestled in 30 acres of flowers, trees, hills, and valleys. Watch the native North American animals - river otters and rare red wolves in their natural habitats, and also visit the new South American spectacled bears, plus an ocelot, red pandas and tamarin monkeys. And, don't miss the exhibits featuring species from Africa - meerkats and naked molerats! Then take a break and watch a show in the Benedum Planetarium where the big screen pulls you right into the action.

    Oil & Gas Museum --
    119 Third Street, Parkersburg, WV
    oth oil and natural gas were discovered in western Virginia by the first explorers in the mid-1700s. George Washington acquired 250 acres in what is now West Virginia because it contained an oil and gas spring. This was in 1771, making the father of our country the first petroleum industry speculator. On May 9, 1863 the important Burning Springs oil field was destroyed by Confederate raiders lead by General Jones, making it the first of many oil fields destroyed in war. After the Civil War, the industry was revived and over the next fifty years the booms spread over almost all the counties of the state. Drilling and producing of both oil and natural gas continues throughout the state to this day.

    Orr's Farm Market --
    682 Orr Drive, Martinsburg, WV
    A family owned and operated orchard and farm market. Start your tour off with a hayride through the apple orchard and pick an apple off the tree. See Longhorn cattle and Bison and feed them some apples. Get an extensive look at their apple packing facility. Finish the tour with a taste of some of their delicious apple cider and apples. Each child gets a goody bag to take home.

    Pearl S. Buck Birthplace --
    PO BOX 126 , Hillsboro, WV
    Located in the beautiful and historic "Little Levels" of Pocahontas County, at Hillsboro, West Virginia, is the restored Birthplace of Pearl S. Buck, the most distinguished descendant of two outstanding families--the Stulting and Sydenstricker families. This house was built by the Stulting family who emigrated from Holland to America in 1847 and who lived here on a sixteen acre farm. On June 26, 1892, the birth of Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker took place here. Today the Birthplace is a fine historic house museum of 1892 where guides greet you and lead you through period rooms containing some of the original furniture and memorabilia of Pearl S. Buck, as well as West Virginia crafts, our official First Day Covers with Pearl Buck Stamps, and other souvenirs.

    Sunrise Art Museum/Fine Art Museum --
    746 Myrtle Road, Charleston, WV
    Tu-Endie-Wei State Park --
    1 Main St, Point Pleasant, WV
    The four-acre Tu-Endie-Wei State Park commemorates the 1774 engagement. The park's centerpiece is an 84-foot granite obelisk that honors the Virginia militiamen who gave their lives during the battle, while the statue of a frontiersman stands at the base. Smaller memorial tablets in the park are dedicated to Cornstalk and to "Mad" Anne Bailey hose "mad" exploits in thwarting the Indians earned her the nickname, after her first husband, Richard Trotter, was killed in the battle. Another interesting marker rests on the spot where Pierre Joseph de Celoron de Blainville, A French explorer, buried a leaden plate in 1749, claiming the land for his country. Located on the park is the Mansion House. Erected in 1796 by Walter Newman as a tavern, it is the oldest, hewn log house in the Kanawha Valley. Preserved as a museum, it features displays of antiques and heirlooms of the era, including a large square piano believed to be one of the first brought over the Alleghenies. Two bedrooms are furnished with authentic four-poster beds that are more than 150 years old.

    West Liberty State College SMART-Center --
    1610 Warwood Avenue, Wheeling, WV
    Science, Math, And Research Technology

    West Virginia Independence Hall --
    1528 Market Street, Wheeling, WV
    Nearly six years before President Lincoln signed the proclamation making West Virginia the 35th State in the Union, construction had begun on the Wheeling Custom House, headquarters for federal offices for the Western District of Virginia. Its completion, coinciding with the beginning of the Civil War, provided a facility for heated political discussions and constitutional conventions that led to eventual statehood for West Virginia in 1863. Here, issues dividing many Virginians - slavery being one of many - were debated, compromised and shaped into the skeleton of statehood. Serving as the Restored Government of Virginia (aligned with the Union) from 1861-1863, it is appropriately known today as West Virginia Independence Hall.

    Williamson Area Railroad Museum, Inc. --
    at the Armor Crossing on Prichard Street, Williamson, WV
    The Williamson Area Railroad Museum has relocated into their new home! The musuem is now housed in the train cars at the Armor Crossing on Prichard Street in Williamson, WV. Museum contains N & W memorabilia, model train, mementos, refernce and video library.

    WV Division of Culture and History - The Cultural Center --
    1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV
    The Cultural Center, a contemporary though complementary companion to the State Capitol, opened in 1976 to showcase West Virginia's artistic, cultural and historic heritage. The lower level of the WV State Museum is presently closed for renovation, but you can view the art and history exhibits in the Art Gallery, the Lobby and the Balcony Galleries; browse the State Archives library, or join in one of the dozen exciting festivals and events held throughout the year. The Cultural Center houses the offices of the Commission on the Arts and the State Historic Preservation Office, as well as the State Museum, State Archives and other administrative staff.

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    Summer Camps
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    Appalachian National Scenic Trail - Appalachian Mountains
    The People's Path and America's First National Scenic Trail. The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains.

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