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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.

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  • Marking a milestone Students hold copies of The Parthenon with the news that Marshall had become a university. The governor signed the legislation on March 2, 1961. Read More »

  • Covered bridges There are 17 covered bridges remaining in West Virginia. The Carrollton bridge in Barbour County is one. Read More »

  • State Flag The West Virginia state flag was adopted by the legislature on March 7, 1929 Read More »

  • Maple sugar Maple sap production occurs on warm days following freezing winter nights. Photograph by Dean Michaud. Read More »

  • Right to vote The hard work by groups such as this one, the Women’s Suffrage League at West Virginia University, finally paid off on March 10, 1920, when West Virginia became the 34th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed the right of women to vote. Read More »

  • West Virginia State University On March 17, 1891, West Virginia State University was founded as the West Virginia Colored Institute Read More »

  • Lady aviator Rose Agnes Rolls Cousins was born March 26, 1920. She was the first black woman to become a solo pilot in the Civilian Pilot Training Program at West Virginia State College (now University). Read More »

This Date in History

March 21, 1841: Bishop George William Peterkin was born

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Bishop George William Peterkin (March 21, 1841-September 28, 1916) was born in Washington County, Maryland, and attended the University of Virginia. He was preparing to enter the Episcopal priesthood when the Civil War interrupted his studies. At the age of 20, he joined the Confederate 21st Virginia Infantry, June 28, 1861, and served under Robert E. Lee in present West Virg...

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