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  • Black History Month Established in 1867 in Harpers Ferry, Storer College was the first college open to African-Americans in West Virginia. More than 7,000 students attended the college over the course of its history. Read More »

  • West Virginia University February 7, 1867, the West Virginia Legislature founded the Agricultural College of West Virginia, now West Virginia University. Read More »

  • Tygart Valley Homesteads On February 11, 1935, the first houses in the Tygart Valley Homesteads were ready for occupancy. It was one of three projects was intended to provide a new start for unemployed farmers, miners and timber workers. Read More »

  • Covered bridges There are 17 covered bridges remaining in West Virginia. The Carrollton bridge in Barbour County is one. Read More »

  • "Uncle Homer" Walker John Homer "Uncle Homer" Walker was born February 15, 1898, in Mercer County. Among the last in a tradition of black Appalachian banjo players, he played the five-string banjo in the clawhammer style. Read More »

  • Buffalo Creek Disaster On February 26, 1972, the Buffalo Creek Flood killed 125 people and left thousands homeless. Whole communities were destroyed and never rebuilt. Read More »

  • Marshall University February 27, 1867, Marshall College was established as a normal school for training teachers Read More »

  • Maple sugar Maple sap production occurs on warm days following freezing winter nights. Photograph by Dean Michaud. Read More »

This Date in History

February 18, 1890: Ellison Mounts was hanged in Pikeville for role in Hatfield-McCoy feud

The Hatfield-McCoy Feud, a prolonged vendetta between neighboring families in the Tug Valley, was fought largely in the 1880s. The Hatfields lived mostly in Logan County (including present Mingo) in West Virginia, and the McCoys lived mostly across the Tug Fork in adjacent Pike County, Kentucky. Their leaders were Anderson ‘‘Devil Anse’’ Hatfield and

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