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 to vibrant reds and oranges. We are excited to welcome […]

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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 engine. Taste the “hobo” sack lunch (look out or you […]

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Community Sounds: Josh Wanstreet & Phil Jones

On June 13th, 2019 we hosted “Tunes on the Tracks: an old-time music showcase” featuring Josh Wanstreet and Phil Jones. Enjoy these clips from the concert: Josh and Phil (along with Tom Hoffman) play some twin fiddles on Burl Hammons’ “Rocky Road to Dublin” Tom, Phil, and Josh play Frank George‘s version of the classic “Liza Jane” Tom, Phil, and Josh play Burl Hammons‘ “You […]

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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” by Ola Belle Reed Emily and Jesse play some twin […]

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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 they came up with name “Phrawg Giggers” after they play […]

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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 tours of the first and fourth floors, as well as […]

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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 James of the infamous James Gang. Listen or read below […]

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Celebrate Fasnacht “The Mardi Gras of Randolph County”

Every year hundreds of people converge on the tiny town of Helvetia for one of the most unique festivals in West Virginia. Fasnacht takes place annually on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. Only at Fasnacht can you find homemade masks, a candlelight parade, a square dance, Swiss food, and the burning of Old Man Winter, all in one celebration. Join us for one of the […]

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Experience the History of All Things Glass in Weston

The Museum of American Glass in West Virginia, located in Weston, is a free museum that tells the story of glass manufacturing and glassware in the United States and West Virginia. With thousands of beautiful pieces on display, this museum has something for everyone to enjoy. The museum has been open since 1993. Weston is a fitting location for the museum because the town was […]

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Ramps are a stinky springtime specialty

Springtime in West Virginia means it’s ramp season. Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are a wild edible plant that’s known as the first green of the season. The plant has been eaten for generations as a spring tonic and is nowadays celebrated across the country at community festivals small and large called ramp feeds. If you’re not from West Virginia or Appalachia you might […]

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