Community Sounds: DardenFest

In January 2019 Elkins community members gathered at the Darden Mill for the Third Annual Darden Fest, a music benefit organized by AmeriCorps members with the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area to raise money for ArtsBank (a local non-profit that organizes arts education outreach programs in Randolph County schools). Listen to some of the highlights below: Learn more about AFHA and ArtsBank here and here.

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Riverside: the heart of Elkins’ Black community for 50 years

From 1905-1954 the Riverside School was the only public school for African-Americans in Randolph County, and is one of the oldest public school buildings in Elkins. Because they were excluded from white schools, the only educational opportunities available to African-Americans in Randolph County around 1900 were those offered in independent institutions like private homes or local churches. Classes were held in places like in Shiloh […]

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Camp Chase: West Virginia Song Tells Civil War History

Old-time music from West Virginia is known for several family traditions that continue to this day, like the music of the Hammons family and the Kessinger brothers. Another well-known musical family was the Carpenter family who are said to be some of the original white inhabitants of what is now central West Virginia. The family produced many highly-regarded fiddlers like Solomon “Devil Sol”, Ernie, and […]

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Green Bank Observes the Unseen Forces of Our Universe and Searches for Extraterrestrial Life

The Green Bank Science Center is open to visitors year-round. It houses a world-class astronomy facility (the Green Bank Observatory) whose telescopes are used by scientists around the world to observe and record radio waves throughout the universe. Astronomers use the telescopes at Green Bank to observe celestial phenomena like black holes, supernovas, pulsars, and cosmic background radiation, all by detecting the part of the […]

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Cheat Mountain’s Unique Ecological and Cultural Heritage

Did you know that the namesake of the Cheat Mountain Salamander excursion train is found only in West Virginia? This rare critter is found in Grant, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Tucker counties and is one of the few vertebrate species unique to the Mountain State. The Cheat Mountain salamander’s tail is shorter than the length of its body and head, which helps distinguish it from […]

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Welcome Center Awarded Certificate of Excellence

The Elkins Depot Welcome Center, a hub for community and visitor information in Elkins, West Virginia, was presented a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor for the 2017 year.  This marks the second year in a row for the Center to receive this award.   As the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor is a popular online reference for vacationers, allowing its users to give candid reviews, […]

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Sue Sheets Awarded Key to the City

  Through devotion and hard work, Sue Sheets’ dedication to the City of Elkins has been unprecedented throughout her time here.  Sheets’ involvement, particularly with the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, but also through her work with Elkins Women’s Club and Beta Sigma Phi has impacted the community greatly and benefited the city. Recognizing Sheets for her work with the Elkins Depot Welcome Center and the […]

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Snowshoe Foundation Gives Support!

The Snowshoe Foundation, for the third year in a row, has enabled the completion of an essential Welcome Center improvement.  By utilizing a Snowshoe grant, the Center received the necessary technological updates needed to nurture local community-enhancing projects and tourism-supported efforts across the region and state.   “The Snowshoe Foundation grant has empowered the Elkins Depot Welcome Center to enhance our mission of assisting the […]

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Exploring Elkins!

Vital to the success of the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, our volunteers know how to make a difference in our community! At the very heart of our Welcome Center their dedication of time and effort allows us to remain open seven days a week throughout our busiest times of the year. Their contributions are greatly appreciated! A year and a half ago we sat down […]

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Our Partnership with Davis & Elkins College Hospitality Program

Opening up experiences for Davis & Elkins College Hospitality Club students, the Elkins Depot Welcome Center welcomes young professionals from D&E. Through a partnership with Melanie Campbell, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management and the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, students are given the opportunity to step into the world of visitor services. Students gain real-life experiences through a professional experiential-learning environment and learn about the unique […]

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