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.
Cass Scenic Railroad The first passenger trip on Cass Scenic Railroad was June 15, 1963, during West Virginia’s Centennial celebration.
Statehood The creation of West Virginia was an outcome of the Civil War. The state will celebrate its sesquicentennial this year.
The Sesquicentennial The nation is marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. As the only state created out of the war, this commemoration is special for West Virginia.
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.
Learning about the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom.
The rhododendron After a vote by schoolchildren, the rhododendron became the official state flower on January 29, 1903.
The Midland Trail This historic road travels through six West Virginia counties and offers travelers a glimpse into history.
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.
Historic Houses Charleston’s historic houses can be found in every neighborhood and come in all shapes and styles.
This Date in History
June 19, 1935: Rush Holt waited to take office until his 30th birthday, the age requirement for U.S. Senator
Senator Rush Dew Holt (June 19, 1905-February 8, 1955) was born in Weston. Holt was educated at West Virginia University and Salem College (now Salem International University), where he graduated in 1924. He taught high school and at Salem and Glenville colleges, and served in the House of Delegates, 1931–35.
Originally an avid New Deal Democrat, Holt burst onto ...
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