State Park Spotlight: Bluestone

Bluestone State Park is home to Bluestone Lake, the third largest body of water in the state. The huge lake is formed by a dam on the New River, which was built in the 1940s. Construction was begun in 1942, but suspended during World War II, so it wasn’t finished until 1948. Almost immediately people […]

History Lecture: Shootout at the Depot

In 1897, Robert Eastham, one of Canaan Valley’s original settlers, shot and killed Frank Thompson, a timber company executive from Davis — in a railroad passenger car in Parsons, in front of 25 witnesses. Eastham claimed self-defense, but the prosecution said it was a set-up. What did the jury think – and why was blood […]

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Meet our new watershed manager!

Hi supporters of FoB! My name is Emmie Cornell and I am brand new to WV, but I love it already. I grew up in Chattanooga, TN and graduated in 2018 from Berry College in Rome, GA with a biology degree and botany/conservation concentrations. During my summers at home in Tennessee, I interned with TennesSEA […]

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State Park Spotlight: Blackwater Falls

Blackwater Falls State Park is one of the most iconic and frequently photographed parks in West Virginia, attracting over 850,000 visitors a year. The first written record we have of the Blackwater River watershed dates from 1746, when a survey party attempted to plot a straight route from the headwaters of the Rappahannock to the […]


State Park Spotlight: Berkeley Springs

Visitors have flocked to Berkeley Springs for hundreds of years, beginning long before it became an official state park. Native Americans were likely the first to use the spring, which flows out of the ground at a constant temperature of 73 degrees and was thought to have heal ailments like arthritis and rheumatism. White settlers […]

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State Park Spotlight: Beartown State Park

Beartown’s defining feature is its unique rock formations, including deep crevices, huge boulders and overhanging cliffs, which are accessed via a boardwalk. According to locals, bears used the rocks as winter dens, inspiring the parks name. The rock formations in the park are sandstone, which is easily eroded, and water continues to slowly reshape the […]

Art Reception and History Talk

Thank you to everyone who attended our history talk and art reception this Saturday, at the Buxton and Landstreet building! The event started off with a brief talk about the history of the Buxton and Landstreet building and the adjacent Davis Coal and Coke Company administrative building, by Judy Rodd. The Buxton and Landstreet Company […]

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Tucker County Trials Lecture

On May 23rd at the Cottrill Opera House, guest lecturer Tom Rodd told stories from notable cases in Tucker County’s legal history. The historic space of the former theater made a great venue, and we want to thank the ArtSpring team for letting us use the space. One of the key cases covered was Williams […]


State Park Spotlight: Audra State Park

In 1900 there was a town, also called Audra, on the site of Audra State Park. The small town consisted of only 5 houses, 2 stores, a blacksmith shop, a gristmill and a post office. Timbering was conducted in the area, which before becoming state land mostly belonged to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and […]

trunk of a large tree in Cathedral State Park

State Park Spotlight: Cathedral State Park

Cathedral State Park, located in Preston County, is home to the largest documented stand of virgin timber remaining in West Virginia. Although the park is relatively small (only 133 acres), the trees there reach as much as 90 feet tall and 16 feet in circumference. Some of the trees in Cathedral are over 400 years […]