West Virginia has so many amazing small towns. Many are becoming popular tourist destinations, but few people know about this one. There’s a little Swiss settlement in the mountains of West Virginia.

Helvetia, WV was founded shortly after the Civil War. A group of six Swiss immigrant families was looking for a place to call home. The mountains of West Virginia felt like the perfect place, and soon they were sending word to other friends and loved ones to join the community. At one point there were 308 people living in Helvetia, but now there are just 59.

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