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Tourism in West Virginia


West Virginia landscape
West Virginia landscape

Historic places in West Virginia include Jackson’s Mill, near Weston, the boyhood home of Confederate general Stonewall Jackson. At White Sulphur Springs is Greenbrier Resort, one of the world’s great resorts. The area developed as a fashionable resort for rich planters of the Old South. In the 20th century the Greenbrier has attracted visitors from all parts of the world. During the 1950s bunkers were constructed beneath the Greenbrier Hotel for members of the United States Congress to use in the event of a national emergency. The existence of the shelter, which was closed in 1995, was once one of the nation’s best-kept secrets. Near Malden is the African Methodist Church where noted educator Booker T. Washington taught Sunday School as a young man. The church is now undergoing restoration.

Seneca Rocks, in Pendleton County, is a mass of white sandstone towering to almost 300 m (1,000 ft). Nearby Seneca Caverns contains many beautiful rock formations. Numerous factories in the state offer guided tours to observe the glassmaking process. Real miners lead visitors to Beckley on a tour through mines where workers dug out their living with picks and shovels. Bramwell community, with its fairy tale architecture featuring turrets, gables, and leaded and stained glass, is a well-preserved example of the mining boomtowns of West Virginia’s Gilded Age. At Beckley is Tamarack, an arts and crafts center designed to give the state’s artists a new outlet for their products. Visitors may also tour the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, a space-research center at Green Bank. "West Virginia" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia.

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