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e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia is the comprehensive reference resource for the Mountain State of West Virginia. Based on the best-selling West Virginia Encyclopedia, e-WV offers thousands of articles on West Virginia’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture.

e-WV is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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  • West Virginia Turnpike On August 29, 1952, a groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction on the West Virginia Turnpike Read More »

  • Home of the Mountaineers The new Mountaineer Field opened on September 6, 1980, with a 41-27 win over Cincinnati. It was the first game for Coach Don Nehlen, who became the most successful coach in West Virginia University history. Read More »

  • Learning about the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom. Read More »

  • Hatfield patriarch Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield was born September 9, 1839, in Mingo County. The patriarch of the Hatfield clan led the family in a prolonged vendetta against the family of Randolph McCoy. Read More »

  • New Capitol dedicated Built for slightly more than $9 million, the new state capitol was officially dedicated on West Virginia Day, June 20, 1932. Read More »

  • Deadly twister A tornado that struck the Shinnston area of Harrison County June 23, 1944, killed more than 100 people and destroyed numerous homes. Read More »

  • State Parks West Virginia has 36 state parks and resorts, including Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County. The parks offer hiking, biking, camping, and many other activities. Read More »

  • The Sesquicentennial West Virginia celebrated its 150th birthday with a 3-D show and fantastic fireworks display at the Capitol. Read More »

This Date in History

September 02, 1963: Centennial exhibits train ended in South Charleston


The hills and valleys of the Mountain State came alive in 1963 as West Virginia celebrated 100 years of statehood. Musical events, drama, traveling exhibits, and festivities in each of the 55 counties highlighted the celebration. It began on West Virginia Day, June 20, 1962, with the appearance of former President Harry S. Truman at the state capitol in Charleston. One year later, on the state’s 100th birthday, President

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