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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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  • 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. Read More »

  • Turkey hunting season The wild turkey – the largest game bird in West Virginia – presents a great challenge to hunters. The season begins in October but varies by county. Read More »

  • Rocket man On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier by flying a Bell X-1 rocket airplane 700 miles per hour Read More »

  • Submarine West Virginia October 20, 1990, the current U.S.S. West Virginia, an Ohio Trident Class ballistic missile submarine, was commissioned. Read More »

  • Special Exhibit: The Greenbrier Many notable figures, including John F. Kennedy, have visited The Greenbrier over the years. The West Virginia resort has also attracted princes, actors, writers and many other famous people. Read More »

  • WV Scenery at Babcock State Park Babcock State Park offers its guests 4,127 acres of serene, yet rugged beauty, a fast flowing trout stream in a boulder-strewn canyon and mountainous vistas to be viewed from several scenic overlooks. Read More »

This Date in History

October 05, 1992: Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church was designated a National Historic Landmark

National Historic Landmarks, which are sites of national historic significance, are designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. They represent a higher level of recognition than the National Register of Historic Places, whose sites may be merely of state or local significance. West Virginia has 16 National Historic Landmarks.

The National Historic Landmarks program was authorized in 1935, and most landmarks are identified through rigorous study by National Park Service personn...

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