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Events for October 2019

  • Black Walnut Festival

    October 09, 2019 to October 14, 2019 — Spencer, Roane

    2019 will be the 65th year the City of Spencer has hosted the West Virginia Black Walnut Festival. The BWF begins in full on the second Thursday of October every year and features a huge food court, live music, a carnival, craft show, art show, agriculture show, quilt show, kid’s day parade, grand parade, flea market, band competition, livestock show and sale, shooting competition, baking competition, flower show, and many more exhibitions and performances! October 9-14 in Spencer. More information at

  • St. Albans History and Mystery Tour

    October 12, 2019 — Saint Albans, Kanawha

    Please join us for our second annual St. Albans History and Mystery Tour on October 12 from 5-9 p.m. You’ll learn about the town’s fascinating history and local legends surrounding the town. There will be costumed actors at 8 locations. Live music and refreshments will be provided. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children (children under 3 are free). Tickets can be purchased online or during the night of the event.

  • Morgan's Kitchen Fall Festival

    October 12, 2019 — Saint Albans, Kanawha

    The 16th Annual Morgan’s Kitchen Fall Festival, sponsored by the St. Albans Historical Society, will be Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at historic Morgan’s Kitchen, located along MacCorkle Ave. in St. Albans. Activities will include apple butter making, cabin tours, pioneer re-enactors, arts and crafts, hit-miss engines and old time music. Baked goods, drinks and hot dogs are also available by the Ladies of St. Albans. Apple butter is available for purchase. There is no charge for this event and plenty of parking is available. Contact Patty Swango at 549-4100 for information.

  • Downtown Charleston ArtWalk

    October 17, 2019 — Charleston, Kanawha

    With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, Downtown Charleston ArtWalk celebrates the arts on the third Thursday each month March through December, except in November and June when the event falls on Black Friday and the week of FestivALL, respectively. Specific 2019 dates are below.

    ​There is a plethora of art related events and openings, activities, and special programming that take place all over downtown.

    • Oct. 17 (FestivFALL)
    • Nov. 29 (Black Friday)
    • Dec. 19

  • Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival

    October 17, 2019 to October 20, 2019 — Martinsburg, Berkeley

    40th Annual Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, October 17th – 20th 2019 ​ The apple industry is a valued part of West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. The Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, in its 40th year, celebrates that heritage. The tremendous success of the festival’s various family friendly activities depend largely on the involvement of many volunteer citizens and businesses. The generosity of their time and resources is invaluable to keep this proud tradition alive for many generations to come.

    Enjoy contests in apple pie baking, eating and peeling; craft beer; concerts; pancake breakfast; a car show, royal gala and coronation of the queen, square dancing and much more. Visit for more information.

  • Rebecca Harding Davis

    October 26, 2019 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Saturday, October 26, 2019, Rebekah Karelis and Margaret Brennan will present “Rebecca Harding Davis” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The program will begin at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Rebecca Harding Davis is an iconic literary figure best known for her gritty short story, “Life in the Iron Mills,” set in Wheeling, West Virginia. A pioneering writer of literary realism, she and her husband, L. Clarke Davis, worked for progressive social causes such as mental illness and the marginalized. Her nationally recognized family, including son, writer Richard Harding Davis, helped shape the culture of late nineteenth-century literature and journalism.

    Rebekah Karelis is a native West Virginian who currently calls Wheeling home. When not writing, the historian collects books, old buildings, and furniture that she never seems to find the time to restore. She works with her partner, Sarel Venter, in restoring West Virginia’s old places through their contracting company, Adventures in Elegance, LLC.

    Wheeling native Margaret Brennan has a master’s degree in history and a certificate in public history from West Virginia University. She has taught social studies, worked in archival administration and undertaken special historical projects. Her areas of interest include the American Civil War, Irish history, and slavery and the Underground Railroad.

    For additional information, contact Archives and History at (304) 558-0230.

  • Wheeling’s Confederate Unit, the Shriver Grays

    October 28, 2019 to September 28, 2019 — Wheeling, Ohio

    The Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable is presenting a special lecture series this year to coincide with the Wheeling 250 observance.

    The roundtable’s series is exploring the theme of Wheeling During the Civil War. The programs are free and open to the public.

    Nine talks will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on specified Mondays in the auditorium of the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St.

    The roundtable’s regular meetings will be conducted after the lectures. The group will not meet in September or December.

    In addition to the lecture series, the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable is organizing a special event on Memorial Day.

    The dates and topics for the lectures are as follows:

    • Oct. 28 — “Wheeling’s Confederate Unit, the Shriver Grays,” presented by Gerry Reilly.
    • Nov. 25 — “Pro and Con Wheeling Newspapers During the War,” presented by Laker.

    The Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable will hold a Memorial Day walk through Greenwood Cemetery, beginning at 9 a.m. May 27. Participants will mark the graves of veterans from both sides of the conflict.

    More information at

  • Halloween Bash 2019

    October 29, 2019 — Charleston, Kanawha

    The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History will host a Halloween Bash on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The Halloween Bash is free and open to the public. All guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume or Halloween attire.

    The Great Hall will be decorated with a gnarly-toothed monster, spider webs, an evil pumpkin man, bats, creepy critter eyes and scary trees. Kids can enjoy playing an array of seasonal games, including the spider web walk, mummy wrap and Halloween bean bag tosses.

    Bethany Cline, Charleston actress and deputy curator for the department, will regale visitors with ghost stories and other tales of the macabre, including “The Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything” and “The Widow’s Broom” in the Library Commission’s reference library.

    Prizes for best boy’s and girl’s costume will be awarded in three age categories. Fifth grade students and younger are eligible for prizes.

    Although costumes are optional, shoes and other cloaking attire are required. All visitors will be treated to light refreshments and holiday music like “The Monster Mash,” “Werewolves of London” and “Season of the Witch.”

    For more information, call the Culture Center at (304) 558-0162.

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