Edited from a Press Release
West Virginia State Parks join the National Parks Service’s Hidden History Weekend in the New River Gorge Sept. 23-25, 2016
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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia state parks in the New River Gorge region will participate in the National Park Service’s Hidden History Weekend Sept. 23-25. They will host several free activities designed to celebrate Appalachian heritage and the rich sites and stories of the region.  

 

Sept. 23 – Campfire Stories with Bugs Stover and Cully McCurdy at Twin Falls Resort State Park

Gather around the campfire for tales of life and work in the coal mines, ghost stories and songs. Meet at the campground campfire circle at 7 p.m.

www.twinfallsresort.com 304-294-4000

 

Sept. 23 – Jordan’s Chapel Tour at Pipestem Resort State Park

Tour the historic Methodist church built in 1852, one of the first frame churches in Summers County. Meet at McKeever Lodge at 5 p.m. to car caravan to the site.

www.pipestemresort.com 304-466-1800

 

Sept. 24 and 25 – Grist Mill at Babcock State Park

Tour this Hidden History attraction, a favorite of photographers, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5:45 p.m.

www.babcocksp.com 304-438-3004

 

Sept. 24 – Bluestone Walk at Pipestem Resort State Park

See signs of the area’s earliest settlers and how they made a life in the Bluestone River Gorge. Meet for the 2-mile walk at 10 a.m. at the bottom of the park’s aerial tramway.

www.pipestemresort.com 304-466-1800

 

Sept. 25 – A Country Roads Walk at Pipestem Resort State Park

Explore Pipestem’s pre-park history, including a former school and residential sites, during this 1.5-mile walk. Meet at the park headquarters at 10 a.m.

www.pipestemresort.com 304-466-1800

 

Sept. 25 – Trek to Carnifex Ferry Hike at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

Take a 3-mile guided hike along a rugged section of the old Cross Lanes/Carnifex Ferry Road, an important travel route between two turnpikes since the early 1850s. Hikers will explore the historic ferry site at the confluence of the Gauley and Meadow Rivers. Meet at the park picnic parking area near Summersville at 2 p.m.

www.carnifexferrybattlefieldstatepark.com 304-872-0825

 

Full details of all Hidden History events are available at www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/hidden-history-weekend.htm