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  • Babcock State Park Opened July 1, 1937, Babcock State Park was built as a public works program during the Great Depression. Read More »

  • Art & Craft The Mountain State Art & Craft Fair returns this year to its traditional Fourth of July dates at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Read More »

  • Civil War Site West Virginia dedicated Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park on July 4, 1928. Droop Mountain was the site of one of the most important Civil War battles fought on West Virginia soil. Read More »

  • Sutton Dam Governor Wally Barron dedicated the Sutton Dam July 8, 1961. The imposing concrete structure – 210 feet high and 1,178 feet long – helps control flooding along the Elk River. Read More »

  • Helvetia photographer Born in Helvetia on July 8, 1894, amateur photographer Walter Aegerter documented life in the Swiss village, such as the Helvetia Star Band in 1912. Read More »

  • Art and science The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston opened to the public July 12, 2003 Read More »

  • County Fairs Summer is a time of county fairs throughout the state. Read More »

  • Opening of camp Camp Washington-Carver was dedicated on July 26, 1942. The camp, at Clifftop in Fayette County, served as the first 4-H camp for African-Americans in the country. Read More »

This Date in History

July 23, 1900: Julia Davis was born in Clarksburg

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Author Julia Davis (July 23, 1900-January 30, 1993) was born in Clarksburg, the daughter of distinguished lawyer and statesman John W. Davis and Julia Leavell McDonald Davis. Educated at Wellesley and Barnard colleges (B.A. 1922), she married William McMillan Adams in 1923 and began writing books for young readers. Her first, The Swords of the Vikings (1928), was followed by a biography of

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