Why would you want to live anywhere else? Here are 21 things you’ll only find in the hills of North Central West Virginia.
1. The nation’s only personal rapid transit system
2. The state’s largest city on Saturday afternoons in the fall
3. The most awesome looking college gymnasium in the country
4. These beautiful waterfalls
5. Rafting on this unforgiving river
6. The birthplace of West Virginia’s most iconic food
It was first baked at the Country Club Bakery in Fairmont.
7. The best Buckwheat Pancakes in the world
8. This iconic West Virginia view
Who doesn’t love Cooper’s Rock?
9. This annual tradition celebrating our Italian heritage
10. The nation’s first statewide 4-H camp
11. The birthplace of Stonewall Jackson
12. This noble experiment to help people during the Great Depression
You should probably know about Eleanor Rosevelt and Arthurdale.
13. The hometown of this Olympic gold medalist
Mary Lou Retton was born in Fairmont in 1968, though she now calls Texas home.
14. The site of the the first Mother’s Day
Held in Grafton in 1908.
15. And the site of the first Father’s Day service
Held in Fairmont, also in 1908. It was actually a mining tragedy that lead to Father’s Day.
16. The smallest church in the lower 48
17. The smallest incorporated community in West Virginia
Aurora in Preston County has 201 people.
18. The hometown of this American Icon
Don Knotts was born in Morgantown in 1924.
19. One of America’s last great roadside attractions
20. The largest strip mall in West Virginia
Yes, that’s right, Eastpointe and Newpointe along Emily Drive in Clarksburg is the largest strip mall in West Virginia.
21. The peace you’ll only find in the hills of these counties.
Looking up the Monongahela River at Catawba in Marion County.