West Virginia January 11, 2018
The 7 Best Roadside Attractions You Have To Stop At On A West Virginia Road Trip
Road trips scan be a tedious thing without something to break up the monotony. Roadside attractions are great when you need to get out of your vehicle, stretch your legs and see something you’ve never seen before. With that in mind, these roadside attractions in West Virginia are among the best the state has to offer.
1. Prabhupada's Palace of Gold, New Vrindaban
This is a little piece of India right here in west Virginia. This ornate palace, once the humble residence of Hare Krishna leader Srila Prabhupada, has since been turned into the golden palace that it is today. If you are passing through New Vrindaban, this place is a definite must see.
2. Mummies of the Insane, Philippi
These mummies can be found in the Barbour County Historical Museum bathroom (yes, you read that correctly). In 1888, farmer Graham Hamrick acquired two cadavers from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. To fulfill his goal of unlocking the secrets of mummification practiced by the pharaohs of Egypt, Hamrick successfully mummified the cadavers. Now, they are available for public viewing for just $1.
3. The Farnham Colossi, Unger
This one is a bit difficult to explain. Essentially, George and Pam Farnham collect all kinds of interesting attractions and display them on their property, including the large statues you see in the photo above. Their property is a lawn of curiosities that you have to see to truly appreciate.
4. World's Largest Teapot, Chester
A perfect example of a quintessential roadside attraction (i.e. large versions of ordinarily small objects), this teapot is always fun to stop at on a road trip. You won't be able to brew a cup of tea in it, but honestly, that just sounds like a lot of work anyway. Be sure to bring your camera for this one.
5. John Brown Wax Museum, Harpers Ferry
Truth be told, the entire town of Harpers Ferry is an attraction - it is essentially a living, breathing 19th century town comprised of about 100 structures listed on the the National Register of Historic Places. But while you are there, be sure to visit the John Brown Wax Museum. It uses wax dummies to recreate the moments of John Brown's raid of the Harpers Ferry armory on October 16-18, 1859, and his eventual hanging on December 2, 1859.
6. George Washington's Outdoor Bathtub, Bath
If for some reason you would like to see where our first president bathed himself, then stop by this attraction in the aptly named town of Bath. In 1748, Washington bathed in this tub, which is fed by the warm water of a natural spring. He apparently enjoyed it very much, which prompted him to visit on a regular basis. He eventually bought the land, which later became America's first health spa, Berkeley Springs.
7. Mystery Hole, Ansted
A visit to the titular Mystery Hole, located somewhere inside this corrugated tube, will reportedly reveal a spot of altered gravity. Inside, you will see a ball roll uphill, and you will see a person sit on a chair precariously balanced on a small plank of wood nailed to a wall. Several warnings come for people with heart ailments or high blood pressure, as the unusual gravity can affect people with those conditions. Is this spot real or a hoax? Stop by for a visit and decide for yourself.
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