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

  • 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 »

  • Opening of camp Camp Washington-Carter 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 »

  • Marshall Expedition In 1812, Chief Justice John Marshall led a surveying expedition down the Greenbrier and New rivers in Western Virginia. That six-week journey helped open up the west. Read More »

This Date in History

July 25, 1948: Cecil Underwood married Hovah Hall


Cecil Harland Underwood (November 5, 1922-November 24, 2008) was West Virginia’s 25th and 32nd governor and had the distinction of having served as the state’s youngest and oldest chief executive. In the 40 years between his administrations, he remained active in industry and education. From the time of his election to the House of Delegates in 1944 to his sixth campaign for governor in 2000, he was one of the state’s leading Republican political figures.

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