West Virginia May 19, 2015
12 Unique Attractions You Absolutely Must Visit In West Virginia
West Virginia has its fair share of unique, odd, and amazing attractions. West Virginia is absolutely one of the most amazing and interesting places in the world! Check out these 12 fascinating attractions right here in this mountain state!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1) Our Lady Of The Pines is a small Roman Catholic church in Silver Lake, West Virginia.
This teeny-tiny church claims to be the "Smallest Church in 48 States."
2) The Culvert Pipe Hot Dog in Alderson, West Virginia.
A Stuart's in West Virginia really catches your attention with this 15-foot long culvert pipe made to look like a hot dog. The bun is an old canoe!
3) The Mummies of Philippi, West Virginia.
In 1888, amateur scientist Graham Hamrick purchased two female corpses from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and mummified them with his own patented embalming potion. He was really trying to understand the secrets of the Pharoahs and recreate their methods of preserving the dead. And he did it!
4) The Mystery Hole in Ansted, West Virginia.
The Mystery Hole is a roadside attraction in Ansted, near the New River Gorge Bridge. You actually go underneath this weird little trailer and see things that defy the laws of gravity.
5) World's Largest Teapot in Chester, West Virginia
Who doesn't love giant teapots? This huge teapot is located in the cool little town of Chester.
6) The Three Crosses of Mercy
It all started right here in West Virginia. I'm sure we've all seen this three crosses that are typically on the side of the road. Those sets of crosses were started and put up by Bernard Coffindaffer, a West Virginia businessman that had a vision following open heart surgery that told him to start building these. The first set of crosses were built near Charleston, WV, and eventually some 1,800 were built across 29 states.
7) The Green Bank Telescope, located in Green Bank, West Virginia.
The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank telescope is the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope! Not only that, it is the world's largest moveable land object.
8) The Marx Toy Museum is located in Moundsville, West Virginia.
The Marx Toy Museum has over sixty years of Louis Marx and Co. toys on display! This museum is the largest collection of Marx Toys in the world!
9) The Coal House, located in Williamson, WV, is a building made of coal masonry.
In 2010, the Williamson Coal House actually caught fire (Who would have thought?) but ended up only suffering minimal damage to the outside structure. It reopened in September of 2011.
10) The Grave Creek Mound, located in Moundsville, West Virginia.
The Grave Creek Mound, at 62 feet high and 240 feet in diameter, is one of the largest conical-shaped burial mounds in America. The Adena mound builders moved more than 60,000 tons of dirt to create it. This is the largest surviving mound built by the Adena!
11) The Smallest Post Office is located in Silver Lake, West Virginia.
While this may not be the smallest post office in the world, it certainly is the smallest in West Virginia! Silver Lake is the same town that has the tiny church!
12) The John Henry Statue, located in Talcott, West Virginia.
John Henry was a former slave that was hired by the C & O Railroad to build a mile-long tunnel through the Big Bend Mountain. The company supposedly bought a steam-powered drill to replace John Henry, but he wasn't havin' any of that. He said that he would beat it or die trying. The drill drove into the mountain 9 feet, and then John Henry drove his sledgehammer in 14 feet. While he technically did defeat it, he died immediately and so was replaced by the machine nonetheless.
What is your favorite West Virginia attraction? Comment below!