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March 22nd is National West Virginia Day- Another Day to Celebrate West Virginia!

March 22nd is recognized as National West Virginia Day. This is different from West Virginia Day which is June 20th. We take every opportunity to celebrate our beautiful state, too!

According to, National West Virginia Day recognizes the last state to be created from one of the original thirteen colonies.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate National West Virginia Day locally we have suggestions. Spend some time fishing on the Tug Fork River or Laurel Lake. Go for a hike on one of the great local hiking trails, either on your own or on a group guided hike with the Healthy in the Hills Hiking for Health program. Enjoy an off-road adventure on your ATV or dirt bike on the Hatfield-McCoy trails.

Looking for history? The WV Mine Wars Museum and Matewan Depot are rich in history for our area. The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce, better known as The Coal House, in Williamson is open for visitors to stop in to look at historical artifacts, learn about the building made of coal, and purchase local and regional items. Next door to the Chamber of Commerce is the Historic Mountaineer Hotel. Take a walk through their lobby and you’ll be transported back in time.

One thing we can all do is, slow down and take a minute to enjoy the natural beauty all around us.

It’s not surprising West Virginia is known as Almost Heaven and Wild and Wonderful.

We leave you with these amazing local photos from Randall Sanger Photography

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