We Bet You Didn’t Know That West Virginia Was Home To One Of The Only Modern Mummifiers In North America

Once upon a time, a mad scientist lived in West Virginia. Once upon a time, a West Virginia insane asylum was bursting at the seams with unfortunate inmates. Once upon a time, these two unfortunate realities crossed paths. Fair warning: don’t expect a happy ending to this gruesome fairy-turned-reality tale. Instead, at the end of this sordid story, expect the grisly production and preservation of two of the only modern North American mummies still in existence today, all right here in West Virginia.

Have you ever seen the Philippi Mummies? Did you know the story behind the making of these two rare modern American mummies? You can visit the Barbour County Historical Museum for yourself to learn more! And while you’re in Philippi, don’t miss the chance to see one of the town’s other one-of-a-kind attractions: the Philippi Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge in West Virginia and the site of some remarkable state history.

Address: Barbour County Historical Museum, 13 Museum St, Philippi, WV 26416, USA