New River Gorge Visitor Center, Overlooks and Fayetteville West Virginia and Kaymoor mine trail.
Another in our series of video tours of our area. Take a quick look at Fayetteville, The Cathedral Cafe, The National Park Service Canyon Rim Visitor Center Over Look. Fayette Station Bridge, New River Gorge Bridge and Kaymor Mine Trail head.
Wild Wonderful West Virginia
Recorded June 2003
West Virginia stops include New River Gorge and bridge, Sandstone Falls, Bluestone Dam, Pipestem State Park, Hawknests State Park, Blackwater Falls State Park and Seneca Rocks.
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West Virginia Travel Destination & Attractions | Visit West Virginia State Penitentiary Show
West Virginia Travel Destination & Attractions | Visit West Virginia State Penitentiary Show
In 1863, West Virginia seceded from Virginia at the height of the American Civil War. Consequently, the new state had a shortage of various public institutions, including prisons; the Wagon Gate was the only building at this site during the Civil War. From 1863 to 1866, Governor Arthur I. Boreman lobbied the West Virginia Legislature for a state penitentiary but was repeatedly denied. The Legislature at first tried to direct him to send the prisoners to other institutions out of the state, and then they directed him to use existing county jails, which turned out to be inadequate. After nine inmates escaped in 1865, the local press took up the cause, and the Legislature took action. On February 7, 1866, the state legislature approved the purchase of land in Moundsville for the purpose of constructing a state prison. Ten acres were purchased just outside of the then city limits of Moundsville for $3000. Moundsville proved an attractive site, as it is approximately twelve miles south of Wheeling, West Virginia, which at that time was the state capital.
The state built a temporary wooden prison nearby that summer. This gave prison officials time to assess what prison design should be used. Northern Illinois Penitentiary at Joliet proved to be an attractive design. Its Gothic Revival architecture exhibit[ed], as much as possible, great strength and convey[ed] to the mind a cheerless blank indicative of the misery which awaits the unhappy being who enters within its walls.
The first building constructed on the site was the North Wagon Gate. It was made with hand-cut sandstone, which was quarried from a local site. The state used prison labor during the construction process, and work continued on this first phase until 1876. When completed, the total cost was of $363,061. In addition to the North Wagon Gate, there was now north and south cellblock areas (both measuring 300 ft. by 52 ft.). South Hall had 224 cells (7 ft. by 4 ft.), and North Hall had a kitchen, dining area, hospital, and chapel. A 4-story tower connecting the two was the administration building (measuring 75 ft. by 75 ft.). It included space for female inmates and personal living quarters for the warden and his family. The facility officially opened in this year, and it had a prison population of 251 male inmates, including some who had helped construct the very prison that now held them. After this phase, work began on prison workshops and other secondary facilities.
In addition to construction, the inmates had other jobs to do in support of the prison. In the early 1900s some industries within the prison walls included a carpentry shop, a paint shop, a wagon shop, a stone yard, a brickyard, a blacksmith, a tailor, a bakery, and a hospital. At the same time, revenue from the prison farm and inmate labor helped the prison financially. It was virtually self-sufficient. A prison coal mine located a mile away opened in 1921. This mine helped serve some of the prison's energy needs and saved the state an estimated $14,000 a year. Some inmates were allowed to stay at the mine's camp under the supervision of a mine foreman, who was not a prison employee.
Conditions at the prison during the turn of the 20th century were good, according to a warden's report, which stated that, both the quantity and the quality of all the purchases of material, food and clothing have been very gradually, but steadily, improved, while the discipline has become more nearly perfect and the exaction of labor less stringent. Education was a priority for the inmates during this time. They regularly attended class. Construction on a school and library was completed in 1900 to help reform and educate
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Wild, Wonderful West Virginia
Recorded October 12-18, 2019
West Virginia is located in the Appalachian region of the United States. It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the northeast, Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, and Ohio to the northwest. West Virginia is the 41st largest state by area, and is ranked 38th in population. The capital and largest city is Charleston.
I spent several days in West Virginia in the fall of 2019. This is what I saw...
0:00:13 Wheeling and the Ohio River
0:07:22 Small town of Thomas
0:09:19 Blackwater Falls State Park
0:12:55 ---The Gentle Trail Overlook
0:19:25 ---Pendleton Point Overlook
0:24:33 Seneca Rocks
0:34:20 The town of Elkins
0:37:00 The State Capitol in Charleston
0:46:15 The New River Gorge National River
0:46:57 ---Kanawha Falls
0:51:30 ---Town of Glen Ferris
0:54:28 ---Confluence of Gauley and New Rivers
0:55:30 ---Cathedral Falls (dry)
0:59:22 ---Hawks Next State Park
1:05:29 ------Jet boating on the New River
1:23:09 ---Hawks Nest Overlook
1:27:54 ---New River Gorge Bridge @ Canyon Rim Visitor Center
1:33:15 ---Bank of Glen Jean
1:34:24 ---Scenic Thurmond Road
1:38:46 ---Thurmond ghost town
1:50:00 ---Scenic Thurmond Road and Dunloup Creek
2:05:56 ---Fayette Station Road and New River Gorge Bridge
2:29:17 ---Town of Fayetteville
2:34:36 ---Babcock State Park
2:37:31 ------Glade Creek Grist Mill
2:45:52 ---Small town of Prince
2:49:13 ---City of Beckley
2:52:22 ---Grandview Overlook
3:01:08 ---Remote Irish Mountain Road
3:12:44 ---Sandstone Falls
3:23:59 ---Brooks Falls
3:27:30 ---Town of Hinton
3:33:38 ---Brooks Overlook
3:36:01 ---Sandstone Falls Overlook
3:39:35 ---Leaving New River Gorge National River (I-64)
3:42:49 Herns Mill Covered Bridge
3:47:13 Scenic farm land
3:51:06 Battle of Tuckwiller's Hill Historical Marker
3:52:19 City of Lewisburg
3:53:54 ---Old Stone Presbyterian Church
3:54:46 ---Carnegie Hall
3:59:38 Town of White Sulphur Springs
4:01:20 ---The Greenbrier
4:09:58 Virginia State Line
West Virginia: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, subsequently the Weston State Hospital, was a Kirkbride psychiatric hospital that was operated from 1864 until 1994 by the government of the U.S. state of West Virginia, in the city of Weston. Weston State Hospital got its name in 1913 and was changed back to its originally commissioned, but unused name while patients occupied it, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, after being reopened as a tourist attraction.
It was forcibly closed in 1994 due to changes in patient treatment. The hospital was bought by Joe Jordan in 2007, and is opened for tours and other events to raise money for its restoration.
The hospital's main building is claimed to be one of the largest hand-cut stone masonry buildings in the United States, and the second largest hand-cut sandstone building in the world, with the only bigger one being in the Moscow Kremlin. As Weston Hospital Main Building, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990.
The hospital was authorized by the Virginia General Assembly in the early 1850s as the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
Construction was interrupted by the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. Following its secession from the United States, the government of Virginia demanded the return of the hospital's unused construction funds for its defense. Before this could occur, the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry seized the money from a local bank, delivering it to Wheeling. It was put towards the establishment of the Reorganized Government of Virginia, which sided with the northern states during the war. The Reorganized Government appropriated money to resume construction in 1862. Following the admission of West Virginia as a U.S. state in 1863, the hospital was renamed the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane. The first patients were admitted in October 1864, but construction continued into 1881. The 200-foot (61 m) central clock tower was completed in 1871, and separate rooms for black people were completed in 1873. The hospital was intended to be self-sufficient, and a farm, dairy, waterworks, and cemetery were located on its grounds, which ultimately reached 666 acres (270 ha) in area.
Originally designed to house 250 patients in solitude, at its peak, 2,600 in the 1950s in overcrowded conditions. A 1938 report by a survey committee organized by a group of North American medical organizations found that the hospital housed epileptics, alcoholics, drug addicts and non-educable mental defectives among its population
Weston State Hospital found itself to be the home for the West Virginia Lobotomy Project in the early 1950s. This was an effort by the state of West Virginia and Walter Freeman to use lobotomy to reduce the number of patients in asylums because there was severe overcrowding.
The hospital was auctioned by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources on August 29, 2007. Joe Jordan, an asbestos demolition contractor from Morgantown, was the high bidder and paid $1.5 million for the 242,000-square-foot (22,500 m2) building. Bidding started at $500,000. Joe Jordan has also begun maintenance projects on the former hospital grounds. In October 2007, a Fall Fest was held at the Weston State Hospital. Guided historic and paranormal daytime tours were offered as well as evening ghost hunts and paranormal tours.
The main building of the asylum, known as the Kirkbride, holds several rooms that serve as the museum, located on the first floor. There are paintings, poems, and drawings made by patients in the art therapy programs, a room dedicated to the different medical treatments and restraints used in the past, and artifacts such as a straitjacket and hydrotherapy tub. The tour guides dress in clothes that resemble 19th century nurse outfits; blue dress.
As of 2012, the records of the Weston State Hospital reside with the Library of Virginia. While the records are accessible to the public, those who go to the library in person, can sign in and view the records but information on patients below the age of 75 cannot be recorded or publicized to protect those patients.
The former facility was featured as a haunted location on several paranormal television shows, including Ghost Stories, Syfy's Ghost Hunters, Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures, and Paranormal Lockdown on Destination America/TLC.
New River Gorge National River: Sandstone Falls
Join New River Gorge National River Park Ranger Richard Altare on an exploration of one of the river's most photographed locations, Sandstone Falls.
Almost Heaven: East on Interstate 64 to West Virginia welcome center at Huntington 2015-05-29
0:01 Leaving Mount Sterling, Kentucky
0:45 Entering Interstate 64
1:02:57 Entering West Virginia
1:12:30 Exiting Interstate 64 at Huntington for West Virginia welcome center
West Virginia was the only state to form by separating from a Confederate state and was one of two states formed during the American Civil War (the other being Nevada, which separated from Utah Territory).
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Vlog: Fummins Family explores New River Gorge Bridge National River in West Virginia
Wow, West Virginia is beautiful! We are staying on the shore of Summersville Lake at a Army Core of Engineers campground. We absolutely love it here. We got lucky and went paddle boarding the day we pulled in, and spent the next couple days exploring the New River Gorge. We visited the New River Gorge Bridge and the New River Bridge National River. Its the same thing as a National Park, but with a different name. The views are spectacular! If you ever want to visit West Virginia, DO! Its beautiful.
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West Virginia Travel Destination & Attractions | Visit New River Gorge National River Show
West Virginia Travel Destination & Attractions | Visit New River Gorge National River Show
The New River Gorge National River is a unit of the United States National Park Service designed to protect and maintain the New River Gorge in southern West Virginia. Established in 1978, the NPS-protected area stretches for 53 miles (85 km) from just downstream of Hinton to Hawks Nest State Park near Ansted.New River Gorge is also home to some of the country's best whitewater rafting. The focus of this rafting is in the New River Gorge from the Cunard put-in to the Fayette Station take-out. The river levels for the New River Gorge (and most other major whitewater rivers in the United States) can be checked at American Whitewater.New River Gorge is also one of the most popular climbing areas on the east coast with over 1,400 established rock climbs. The cliffs at The New are located just below the rim of the gorge and are made up of a very hard Nuttall sandstone. The rock is very featured, and an abundance of crack and face routes, with occasional large roofs. Almost all climbs are one pitch long and range from 30 to 120 feet (37 m) in height. The majority of the routes in the gorge are for advanced climbers in 5.10-5.12 range of the Yosemite Decimal System with about an equal number of traditional and sport climbs.New River Gorge National River was established in 1978 as a unit of the national park system. Located in the Appalachian Mountains of southern West Virginia, the park encompasses over 72,808 acres (295 km2) of land along 53 miles (85 km) of the New River from Bluestone Dam to Hawks Nest State Park. A rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. The park is rich in cultural and natural history and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.President Jimmy Carter signed legislation establishing New River Gorge National River on November 10, 1978 (Public Law 95-625). As stated in the legislation, the park was established as a unit of the national park system “for the purpose of conserving and interpreting outstanding natural, scenic, and historic values and objects in and around the New River Gorge and preserving as a free-flowing stream an important segment of the New River in West Virginia for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations; More Info
Sideling Hill Roadcut I-68
A drive-through of the Sideling Hill Roadcut on I-68, west of Hancock, Maryland. This outcrop exposes the Purslane Sandstone overlying the Rockwell Formation, and is one of the biggest and best exposures of a syncline in the United States.
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Interstate 79 - Morgantown to Charleston - West Virginia | Drive America's Highways ????
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Join us for a scenic southerly drive along Interstate 79 in West Virginia. We start the video merging onto I-79 from Interstate 68 just south of Morgantown. From there, we quickly reach Fairmont where we cross the interchange with U.S. Highway 250.
Continuing south, we take a quick break at a rest area in Bridgeport before crossing U.S. Highway 50. Further south, we cross the U.S. Highway 119 interchange in Weston and the U.S. 19 interchange in Flatwoods. From there, I-79 turns typically west to make it's final approach into the Charleston area and it's terminus at Interstate 77, where we end this video.
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USA, Maryland, I-68 - Sideling Hill, higway cut in mountain
Observation deck on I-68.
Interstate 68 road cut in Sideling Hill in western Maryland.
The Sideling Hill Road Cut on Interstate 68 and U.S. 40 is a 340-foot (100 m) deep notch excavated from the ridge of Sideling Hill, about 7 miles (11 km) west of Hancock in Washington County, Maryland. It is notable as an impressive man-made mountain pass, visible from miles away, and is considered to be one of the best rock exposures in Maryland and the entire northeastern United States. Almost 810 feet (250 m) of strata in a tightly folded syncline are exposed in this road cut. Although other exposures may surpass Sideling Hill in either thickness of exposed strata or in quality of geologic structure, few can equal its combination of both. The exposed rocks consist of the Devonian-Mississippian Rockwell Formation, underlying the Mississippian Purslane Sandstone.
A highway rest stop, located near the eastern side of the Sideling Hill Road Cut on Interstate 68 west of Hancock, includes a pedestrian bridge crossing I-68, connecting the eastbound and westbound rest areas and offering views of the cut, in which stopping is prohibited.
The rest stop formerly included the Sideling Hill Exhibit Center, a four-level geological museum and travel information center which opened in 1991. Due to state budget cuts, this facility was closed on Aug. 15, 2009, as part of a $280 million budget reduction package, saving the state about $110,000 annually. Before its closing, the center served about 95,000 visitors a year, at a cost of about $1.16 per visitor.
Sideling Hill exhibit transferred to Hancock Museum and Visitor's Center, Hancock Maryland
New River Gorge National River
The New River Gorge National River is a unit of the United States National Park Service designed to protect and maintain the New River Gorge in southern West Virginia. Established in 1978, the NPS-protected area stretches for 53 miles from just downstream of Hinton to Hawks Nest State Park near Ansted.
Recorded on June 4, 2003. The video begins on a cloudy morning at the Grandview scenic overlook. Next I pass over Sandstone Mountain on I-64 and that is followed by Standstone Falls. There is a brief stop at Bluestone Dam and Lake before proceeding to Pipestem Resort State Park. At Pipestem I ride the tramway down the mountain to the edge of the New River. Next, the New River Gorge Bridge, which carries U.S. Highway 19 over the New River at a height of 876 feet, making it the highest vehicular bridge in the Americas, and the second-highest in the world. The video concludes at Hawk's Nest State Park where I ride the tram down to the River and board a jet boat for a turbulent ride down the New River to the New River Gorge Bridge.
New River Gorge Bridge & Hawks Nest DayTrip in WV
In this episode, we take a Side Quest day trip to New River Gorge Bridge and Hawks Nest in West Virginia. Follow us as encounter Amazing views and waterfalls along the way.
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Top 5 Scary Haunted Places In West Virginia
Top 5 Scary Haunted Places In West Virgina
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With the sheer amount of history that West Virginia has, it is no surprise that there is no shortage of hauntings and spooky tails to surface from the state. For years, residents and tourists have reported paranormal activity from across the land, with some more notable than others. So today on Top 5 Scary Videos, I’m going to be counting down our list of the Top 5 Scary Haunted Places In West Virginia
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Riding some Great WV Roads | Wild & Wonderful Fall 2018 Trip Day 3
On the final day of our motorcycle trip through West Virginia, we begin in Weston. From West we ride to Philippi to check out the covered bridge before passing through Grafton on our way to Cool Springs Park. A couple of the guys split off a few miles later while the rest of us stay on US 50 all the way back to Winchester, VA for some lunch before saying our goodbyes.
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Best Places to Visit in West Virginia, USA
Best Places to Visit in West Virginia, USA
West Virginia is an ideal year-round vacation destination with endless places to visit ranging from beautiful mountain retreats to quaint historic towns. With so many opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation, the state is a mecca for the active traveler but also a nice place to relax and unwind in a natural setting. Popular activities include hiking, biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, zip lining, ATVing. horseback riding and more. Winter activities include downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice skating. For history lovers, heritage sites abound throughout the mountains offering glimpses of how the Civil war, colonial life, and early explorers all helped shape American culture. While there are dozens of fun places to explore, here are ten of the “must sees” in West Virginia.
#3.New River Gorge
#5.Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley
#6.Coopers Rock State Forest
#8.Greenbrier State Forest
#9.Gauley River National Recreation Area
#10.Hatfield and McCoy Trails
Come Tour Stafford County, Virginia
I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor ( This video is about the really cool historical sites of Stafford County, Virginia. I talk about a couple of other sites in our county but I do show photos and a video of a couple others as well.
Some of the historical sites you could see in our area and within our county here in Stafford County, Virginia are:
1. The Aquia Episcopal Church which is a church here that is one of the oldest colonial churches in the United States of America. The church was first built in 1751 and burnt down in a fire in 1757 in which was rebuilt that very same year soon after the fire of 1757. The church is still being used to this day for Sunday church services but they do tours of the church but you have to call the church to make an appointment to tour this church.
2. Then we have Ferry Farm which is the childhood home for the first President of the United States of America, George Washington. Which is down in the Falmouth part of Stafford County in the southern part of the county.
3. Then we have the Aquia Quarry that is known as Government Island nearby the Aquia Creek. Which this place is where George Washington got the sandstone that built the White House and the U.S. Capital building in Washington, DC. Which basically is where the foundation of our nation's capital was brought from this spot directly to our nation's capital Washington, DC. So if you go to these two buildings in DC and wanted to see the place where the sandstone came from to build those buildings you would have to come here to Stafford County. All since it all came from here. And I made a video of Government Island and it was my first time over there. And now I've been living right around the corner from this place for 10 years and I finally got the courage to go there.
4. Then not far from here we have the battlefield sites for 5 Civil War battlefields close by as well. And a mansion that was built in colonial times that served as a headquarters and hospital for the Union army during the American Civil War during the Battle of Fredericksburg. Those 5 battlefields are from: the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, the Battles of Bull Run in Manassas, the Battle of the Wilderness, and the Battle of Chancellorsville.
5. We also have nearby in Triangle, Virginia right outside the main gate to the Quantico Marine Corps Base is the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Which outside of the museum is a monument park with bricks of names of people who has served in the United States Marine Corps. My father is one of those former MARINES who had served. His name was Captain Donald J St. Pierre his brick has his date of birth of 11/19/59 and his date of death of 07/05/03 on it. When you go to this museum you can remind yourself that man was my father when you see that brick at this museum.
6. We are also within the area of the historical Virginia city of Fredericksburg as well.
To learn more about our county you may visit our county's website at: Our county has been a county in Virginia since 1664 so we are a county that is now over 350 years old. We had just had our 350th anniversary of our founding back in 2014. I had put this video together because back when I was a student at the Washington, DC Job Corps Center. I told people I was from Stafford and they asked me. Where the heck is that place I've never heard of that place? And I have felt with the kind of history our county has I think this Virginia county should be the most famous Virginia county throughout the world. All since the foundation of our nation's capital came from here and we also have the childhood home of the very first president of our nation. The is where George Washington grew up. Plus that famous cherry tree story about Washington may have took place here back when Washington was a young boy. Since Washington grew up here from the ages of 3 to 19 at Ferry Farm.