Leave No Trace – Randolph County Edition

Visitors are drawn to Randolph County, West Virginia for its natural beauty and its abundance of outdoor recreation. Recreational tourism has grown in Randolph County, bringing more visitors to enjoy the mountainous views and appreciate nature, where it’s easier to avoid crowds and social distance. Because of this, our outdoor spaces like the Monongahela National… Continue reading Leave No Trace – Randolph County Edition

My First Impressions of Elkins, West Virginia

Why I moved to Elkins, West Virginia – I moved to Elkins just a month ago at the end of August. Why would I, a recent college graduate from rural-ish Minnesota, decide to move to Elkins, West Virginia?  I was looking at post-graduation opportunities through AmeriCorps and came across positions with Appalachian Forest National Heritage… Continue reading My First Impressions of Elkins, West Virginia

The Elkins Depot Dispatch – October 2020

October 2020, Issue No. 1  THE ELKINS DEPOT DISPATCH THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FROM THE ELKINS DEPOT WELCOME CENTER (304) 635. 7803 | elkinsdepot.com | elkinsrandolphwv.com It’s officially Fall and the trees are transitioning to their autumn colors. Here at the Depot, we have been watching as the trees out back slowly turn from bright green… Continue reading The Elkins Depot Dispatch – October 2020

Experience West Virginia’s Railroad and Logging Heritage at Cass Scenic Railroad

Taking a trip to Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is a full-body experience that stimulates all five senses. See stunning mountain scenery as you travel through the forest. Listen to the engineer blow the whistle and hear the chug of the engine and the squeal of the brakes. Smell the smoke from the coal-fired, steam-powered… Continue reading Experience West Virginia’s Railroad and Logging Heritage at Cass Scenic Railroad

Community Sounds: Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller

On June 13th, 2019 we hosted “Tunes on the Tracks: an old-time music showcase” featuring local duo Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller. Enjoy these clips from the concert: Jesse & Emily sing the classic railroad song “John Henry” Jesse plays “Big Fish” (aka “Rye Straw”) from Melvin Wine Emil & Jesse sing “Undone in Sorrow”… Continue reading Community Sounds: Jesse Milnes & Emily Miller

Community Sounds: The Phrawg Giggers

On 5/21/2019 we hosted a concert and ice-cream social for the National Model A Restorers Club at the Rotary Amphitheater in Elkins Town Square. Enjoy these clips from the concert from local bluegrass group the Phrawg Giggers. “A Million Lonely Days” written by the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys from Pocahontas County, WV   Hear how… Continue reading Community Sounds: The Phrawg Giggers

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Tells the History of Mental Health in the United States

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, located in Weston, was a state mental hospital that operated from 1864 to 1995. The asylum is now open to the public as a tourist attraction and offers historic and paranormal tours April through November, as well as an annual costume Ball and other seasonal events. Visitors can enjoy daytime historic… Continue reading Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Tells the History of Mental Health in the United States

The Real Story of Stephen Elkins and the Outlaw Cole Younger

Senators Stephen B. Elkins and Henry Gassaway Davis are best known as senators and industrialists who developed the railroad, timber, and coal industries around Randolph County, and are the namesakes of the towns of Elkins, Davis, Gassaway, and Davis & Elkins College. But it is rumored that they were actually the outlaws Frank and Jesse… Continue reading The Real Story of Stephen Elkins and the Outlaw Cole Younger