Located in the picturesque Appalachian mountains and valleys in Fayette County, West Virginia. Just a hop-skip-and-a-jump (or within 500 miles) of 66% of the U.S. population and 33% of the Canadian population - we are easy to find... if you know where to look ;)
As the bird flies, follow U.S. Route 19 to the New River Gorge Bridge and you're here. From that vantage point Smithsonian's Aerial America named the area one of the "Top 13 Landscapes of 2013!" Coincidence? We think not. Our beloved deciduous forests provide crucial stopover habitat for migrating birds and birders alike.
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Did you know...
• WV is the only state to form by seceding from a Confederate state (during the American Civil War).
• WV is the only state to be admitted under presidential proclamation.
• WV became the first state to have a sales tax, effective on July 1, 1921. That one's a little bit embarrassing.
• the New River Gorge Bridge is the longest single arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere and the 3rd longest in the world.
• every October the highway closes for "Bridge Day" and people B.A.S.E. jump from the NRG Bridge. Yep, they parachute off the Bridge. On purpose. It's kind of a big deal.
• Mother’s Day was first observed as a holiday in Grafton, WV in 1908. It became a national holiday in 1914. Today it's celebrated internationally. We love our mamma's.
• Golden Delicious apples are native to West Virginia (Clay County, WV, 1775). Juicy, just the right amount of sweet, and yum! This one makes me forget about that other embarrassing bit...
• the "New" River is the second oldest in the world. I was talking to a local old timer about it just the other day... said he was there and gave me a first-hand account.
• the New River Gorge Bridge is on the WV state quarter. It would be weird if it was on another state quarter.
• WV is the third most heavily forested state in the nation. It's wild and wonderful, it's almost heaven, and it's home.
• West Virginia's state motto is "Mountaineers are Always Free."
Intrigued by these facts? Ask for more when you get here. We're full of it [interesting facts!] and love to share :)