Summer is a perfect time for a road trip, and if you need some ideas about where to go, I think I can help. West Virginia has a ton of unique attractions; so much so that we couldn’t fit them all on one list. We
already brought you a list of unique attractions in West Virginia – here’s part 2 of that list.
1. Palace of Gold in New Vrindaban
Did you know that Marshall County has a golden palace? The palace was originally intended as a home for Srila Prabhuapada, Founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, but he died before it was completed. The palace was instead finished as a memorial to the leader. Today, it's one of West Virginia's biggest tourist attractions and draws more than 50,000 visitors each year, according to its website.
2. Greenbrier Ghost marker, Sam Black Church
Maybe the only time a the testimony of a ghost has been used to convict someone of murder. The death of Zona Heaster-Shue in 1897 was considered natural until her spirit woke her mother up and told her that she had instead been strangled by her husband, according to the story. Her mother went to the local prosecutor, who had the woman dug up and, sure enough, her windpipe had been crushed. Her husband was convicted. A state historical marker sits near the cemetery where the woman is buried, in Sam Black Church.
3. Farnham Colossi
Come see George and Pam Farnham's collection of giants at this Morgan County tourist attraction.
4. The Bunker at the Greenbrier
America's resort had a secret it kept for more than 30 years -- an emergency shelter to house Congress in the event of nuclear war. Now days you can tour the declassified shelter.
5. Organ Cave in Greenbrier County
The largest cave system in the state and also a Civil War landmark. During the war, Confederate soldiers mined in it for saltpeter, a primary ingredient of gunpowder.
6. Johnny Shar’s Big Dipper Ice Cream Parlor
See ice cream shops as they used to be in this Marshall Country attraction. There's also a collection of vintage circus carnival memorabilia.
7. Pearl S. Buck homeplace
Book lovers will especially love seeing the home of famed author Pearl S. Buck, in Hillsboro. Buck was the author of "The Good Earth," among other books.
8. Indian Mound in South Charleston
An ancient burial ground built by the Adena culture between 250 and 150 BC.
9. Giant coal miner statue in Shinnston.
Another West Virginia giant! This time its a giant miner made of scrap metal in Shinnston.
These are some of the most unique West Virginia attractions. Did I leave any out this time that weren’t on the first list either? Let me know in the comments.