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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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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