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.
Rural Free Delivery Rural Free Delivery, the U.S. Post Office’s program to provide direct delivery of mail to every household in the country, began on October 1, 1896, in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.
Rocket man On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier by flying a Bell X-1 rocket airplane 700 miles per hour
Fall in the Mountain State Cooler temperatures and the beginning of fall foliage bring visitors to the state's mountains.
Submarine West Virginia October 20, 1990, the current U.S.S. West Virginia, an Ohio Trident Class ballistic missile submarine, was commissioned.
New River Gorge Bridge After three years of work, the New River Gorge Bridge was dedicated on October 22, 1977.
October snow Hurricane Sandy collided with a cold front, bringing heavy snows to West Virginia. The state’s one-day record snowfall occurred in 1998 when 35 inches fell on Flat Top.
Back to school in the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom.
This Date in History
October 26, 1801: Jefferson County was established from a portion of Berkeley County by the General Assembly
Berkeley County is located in the Eastern Panhandle. Berkeley borders Maryland to the north and Virginia to the south, with Jefferson and Morgan counties on the east and west. Its major streams are Back Creek and Opequon Creek. They drain into the Potomac River, which forms Berkeley County’s northern border. The North Mountain divides the county into distinct eastern and west...
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