Historic Interpretation

Friends of Blackwater’s Interpretative Project on Henry Gassaway Davis’s Coal and Coke Industry helps tell the story of the railroad, coal and coke, and timber industries of West Virginia and her Allegheny Highlands.  It is Phase One of an innovative partnership among local groups and the Monongahela National Forest to create and present historic and cultural interpretation experiences to the public, a partnership that is especially useful and important at a time when public interest in heritage and historic tourism and recreation is growing and resources are constrained.

View our history tour guide

historic photo of railroad workers near Hendricks in 1923

View our New Historic Signs!

sign explaining the history of the Buxton and Landstreet company store
sign explaining the history of the railroad station near Thomas
sign explaining the history of the Snyder Run wye
sign about the locomotives used on the railroads near Thomas
sign about the engine house, where trains were repaired, near Thomas