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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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  • Dorothy Vaughan The math computations of Dorothy Vaughan and others, including West Virginia native Katherine Johnson, were crucial to the early U.S. space program. Read More »

  • Grafton Monster This mysterious creature was supposedly spotted for the first (and perhaps only) time in 1964. Read More »

  • Nick Saban Retires Read more about former West Virginia state champion quarterback and coaching legend Nick Saban. Read More »

  • Ethel Caffie-Austin Check out our new e-WV entry about "West Virginia's First Lady of Gospel Music." Read More »

  • Skiing With the mercury dropping, ski season has officially kicked off in West Virginia! Read More »

  • Maple sugar Maple sap production occurs on warm days following freezing winter nights, usually in February and March. Photograph by Dean Michaud. Read More »

  • Historic Houses Charleston’s historic houses can be found in every neighborhood and come in all shapes and styles. Read More »

  • Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike On April 18, 1912, the miners at Paint Creek and Cabin Creek went on strike. What followed was one of the most dramatic and bloodiest conflicts of what became known as the Mine Wars Read More »

  • Buffalo Creek Disaster On February 26, 1972, the Buffalo Creek Flood killed 125 people and left thousands homeless. Whole communities were destroyed and never rebuilt. Read More »

  • Winter Weather The coldest day on record in West Virginia was December 30, 1917. The thermometer dropped to 37 degrees below zero at Lewisburg. Read More »

  • Tuskegee Airman Born September 24, 1918 in London, Kanawha County, George Spencer "Spanky" Roberts was the first African-American military pilot from West Virginia and a member of the famous Tuskegee Airmen Read More »

This Date in History

February 25, 1903: Dan Cunningham, Harvey Cook and Howard Smith led a posse of armed men into the village of Stanaford

At dawn on Wednesday, February 25, 1903, Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Cunningham, Raleigh County Sheriff Harvey Cook, and Howard Smith of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency led a posse of armed men into the village of Stanaford near Beckley. They were after striking miners who, on the previous Saturday, had stopped Cunningham, John Laing, and Baldwin-Felts agents from serving court...

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