The Elkins Depot Dispatch, March 2021

THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FROM THE ELKINS DEPOT WELCOME CENTER (304) 635-7803 | elkinsdepot.com | elkinsrandolphwv.com Happy Ramp Season! Although we are disappointed that the 2021 Ramp and Rail Festival has been cancelled, we are looking forward to celebrating this local delicacy at the 12th Annual Ramps and Rail Festival on April 23, 2022. With or without the festival, the ramps will soon be ready to dig and prepare […]

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The Elkins Depot Dispatch – February 2021

February, 2021, Issue No. 5 THE ELKINS DEPOT DISPATCH THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FROM THE ELKINS DEPOT WELCOME CENTER (304) 635-7803 | elkinsdepot.com | elkinsrandolphwv.com The Welcome Center has been off to a good start in 2021 Elkins and the surrounding area have gotten more snow than usual in the last two months. This is great news for all you skiers. It has also made for some great winter […]

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West Virginia’s Famous Sports Figures

Everyone loves a story about a hometown kid making it big in sports. These figures can serve as inspiration and encourage others to dream big too. Check out these short biographies on some of West Virginia’s hometown athletes and sports figures that made it to the big leagues. Dellas Gainer Del Gainer, born in Montrose, West Virginia in 1886, grew up in a farming family. […]

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Lights! Camera! Action! West Virginia’s Celebrities!

You’ve probably heard the names, but did you know the following celebrities are West Virginia born and/or raised? From classics like the Addams Family to game show hosts and Hollywood stars, you’ll find West Virginians in the cast. Highlighted below are just a few of West Virginia’s celebrities.   Ted Cassidy Ted Cassidy, famous for his role of Lurch Addams in The Addams Family series, […]

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The Elkins Depot Dispatch – January 2021

January, 2021, Issue No. 4 THE ELKINS DEPOT DISPATCH THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FROM THE ELKINS DEPOT WELCOME CENTER (304) 635-7803 | elkinsdepot.com | elkinsrandolphwv.com Happy New Year! 2020 is in the books and we are excited to welcome in 2021.  There is a saying “every day may not be good but there is good in every day.” Reflecting on the year 2020 reminds us of that saying.” 2020 […]

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The Elkins Depot Dispatch – December 2020

December 2020, Issue No. 3 THE ELKINS DEPOT DISPATCH THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FROM THE ELKINS DEPOT WELCOME CENTER (304) 635-7803 | elkinsdepot.com | elkinsrandolphwv.com Happy Holidays! Wishing you the best this holiday season and the coming year!  Winter is upon us at the Depot and our volunteers will be waiting at the welcome window to point you and your fellow travelers to warm lodging and winter […]

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Appalachian Christmas Traditions

Not all Christmas traditions are rooted in history. Some families start new traditions, such as hitting the slopes, pictures with Santa or seeing a movie on Christmas Eve. However, many Christmas traditions of Appalachia are based on those brought by early settlers. The Christmas tradition of placing candles in the window is still common today. The original reason for placing candles in the window of […]

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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 Forest, designated wilderness areas, and wildlife management areas are seeing […]

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The Elkins Depot Dispatch – November 2020

November 2020, Issue No. 2 THE ELKINS DEPOT DISPATCH THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FROM THE ELKINS DEPOT WELCOME CENTER (304) 635-7803 | elkinsdepot.com | elkinsrandolphwv.com It’s already November and the morning walk to work is getting colder. The leaves have fallen at the Depot, but the color this year was stunning. We have also enjoyed the company of all the wonderful scarecrows in downtown Elkins. The […]

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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 Area that interested me and I applied. There were multiple […]

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