Many People Don’t Know The Oldest Oil Producing Well In The World Is Located In West Virginia
Wait. Say what?! Did you know oldest oil well in West Virginia is also the oldest in the world? When many outsiders think of our state, they immediately think of coal, not oil. However, many people who grew up in The Mountain State remember our fathers, brothers, and grandfathers working in either the oil or coal industry. West Virginia has a long history of producing both commodities — but one of those histories may be much longer than most realize. Prepare to explore West Virginia’s history, because this surprising story will show you a side of our state you probably haven’t seen before.
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Admittedly, there was well activity in Poland around this same time. However, the oldest oil well in West Virginia is still regarded by many to be the oldest in the world. It has a rich and fascinating history that delights visitors to this day. Have you ever paid it a visit? Tell us about your experience in the comments!
What are the most well known historic sites in West Virginia?
Love The Mountain State? Our history offers a glimpse into its core. History comes alive at fascinating landmarks like the infamous Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, which was overcrowded by people suffering in a variety of ways. It was said to be lacking in furniture, lighting, and other luxuries in certain wings, but it is most remembered for its use of the lobotomy. Other fascinating landmarks include The Greenbrier, the Palace of Gold, and Historic Harpers Ferry.
What are the oldest businesses in West Virginia?
Shepherdstown was the first permanent settlement in West Virginia, attracting interest as early as 1709 and eventually attracting settlers circa the 1730s. Believe it or not, The Greenbrier is one of the state’s oldest businesses. Dating back to 1778, this gorgeous hotel is chock full of history.
What are the most unique landmarks in West Virginia?
There are so many unique addition to the landscape in West Virginia. The aforementioned Palace of Gold is a magical temple that appears to be transported here straight from India, and it glitters with gold leaf. There are also a variety of bizarre landmarks in West Virginia, like The Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant and The Coal House in Williamson.
Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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