If you’re interested in history and want to walk through some of it for yourself, West Virginia has plenty of opportunities. At these historic villages throughout the Mountain State, you can get an idea what life was like for West Virginians in the past.
1. Heritage Farm Museum and Village in Huntington
Experience what life in Appalachia was life way back during the time of one-room schoolhouses, blacksmith shops, log homes and country stores. There are also several museums including the Heritage Museum, Transportation Museum, Bowes Doll and Carriage Museum and others.
2. Beverly Heritage Center
Learn about the Battle of Rich Mountain, the first campaign of the Civil War, at this site in Beverly. The center includes the town’s four historic buildings.
3. Pricketts Fort State Park
The park has a recreation of the original Prickett's Fort of The fort served as a refuge from Native American war parties on the western frontier of Colonial Virginia. At the recreated fort, built in 1976, you can find traditional artisans from the period at work. A gun shop there features firearm manufacturing demonstrations.
4. Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry is most known for John Brown’s raid on the armory and its role in the Civil War. The lower part of the Jefferson County town is within the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. There’s also a historic district that include about 100 original structures.
5. Watters Smith Memorial State Park in Harrison County
Learn about the heritage of early West Virginia at this pioneer homestead recreation. The farm is from the late 1700s and was given to the state park system. You can see a log cabin similar to an original one. The Smith family home has also been restored as a museum.
6. Jackson's Mill
Jackson’s Mill is the historic site of 4-H camping in the country and was the home of General “Stonewood” Jackson.
7. The West Virginia State Farm Museum
Learn about the history of farms in West Virginia at this museum in Point Pleasant. It includes log cabins, a blacksmith shop and a one-room schoolhouse among other things.