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West Virginia State Parks
Special places –
Past, present & future.

trainHistory rolls along! 

Links on this page connect you with special places that helped form the character of the State of West Virginia.
From architecture and design, community spirit, and battle sites that shaped the formation of the 35th state in these United States of America, West Virginia, you’ll find lessons in history, and like they say at Cass Scenic Railroad:

"Preserving America's Past for the Future.”

Architecture

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The Bauhaus movement and its influence is found at three West Virginia state parks:

Hawks Nest State Park
Pipestem Resort State Park
Twin Falls Resort State Park

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Architect, Walter Gropius

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Modernist Movement – Bauhaus

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TAC-The Architects Collaborative

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Lodge Architecture – A Trio

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Historic Photos


Palladian style architecture in the late 1700’s is showcased by a mansion on an island in West Virginia known as:

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
Learn more - Blennerhassett Mansion
Learn more - Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History
Learn more - The Putnam-Houser House

West Virginia State Parks

Ye Famed Warm Springs

Berkeley Springs State Park
"March 18th, 1748, We this day called to see Ye Fam'd Warm Springs." – George Washington

The Glade Creek Grist Mill

Babcock State Park
Learn more - “How the Mill Runs”

Cass Scenic Railroad

Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time to relive an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life.  Learn more

The history of the town of Cass follows the evolution of the lumber companies that inhabited the valley and operated the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Mill. The mill operation was enormous during its heyday 1908 to 1922.
Learn more - History of a logging community

“At 3,853 feet, Spruce was one of the highest towns in the eastern United States. At this height it was normal to have frost in the warmest months of the year.”
Learn more - The Town of Spruce

Invented to do the impossible, the Shay logging locomotive was designed to climb the steepest grades, swing around hairpin curves and negotiate frail temporary tracks.
Learn more - The Locomotives of Cass

Civil War Sites – 1860’s

The 18th Century Frontier (1774)

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield
September 10, 1861
Location

Droop Mountain Battlefield
November 6, 1863
Location

Prickett’s Fort State Park
Interpreters recreate late 18th century lifestyle through period attire, demonstrations of a variety of colonial crafts, and the fort.

Tu-Endie-Wei State Park
At the junction of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers in what is now West Virginia, this area commemorates the frontiersmen who fought and died at the Battle of Point Pleasant.
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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

Many of West Virginia’s state parks and forests were conceived and constructed by the labor and skill set of an American work force known and respected as the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933 – 1942.

Camp references taken from The C.C.C. Camps in West Virginia A Record of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Mountain State 1933-1942 by Milton Harr, 1992.

Civilian Conservation Corps

Babcock State Park
SP-3, Camp Beaver – 1934, Co. 1522
SP-6, Camp Lee – 1935, Co. 532

Cabwaylingo State Forest
S-61, Camp Anthony Wayne – 1935, Co. 3532
S-71, Camp Twelvepole (or Aracoma) – 1935, Co. 3540

Cacapon State Park 
SP-4, Camp Morgan – 1934, Co. 1523 
                                      
Coopers Rock State Forest
P-73, Camp Preston – 1935, Co. 3527
S-75, Camp Rhododendron – 1937, Co. 3527

Droop Mt. Battlefield State Park
P-68, Camp Price – 1935, Co. 2598 
                    
Greenbrier State Forest
SP-67, Camp White Sulphur – 1935, Co. 549
                                  
Hawks Nest State Park
See camps under Babcock

Kanawha State Forest
S-76, Camp Kanawha – 1938, Co. 2599

Kumbrabow State Forest
S-62, Camp Bowers – 1935, Co. 2594  
S-72, Camp Randolph – 1935, Co. 3520
                              
Lost River State Park
SP-2, Camp Hardy – 1934, Co. 1522

Seneca State Forest
S-51, Camp Seneca – 1933, Co.1537
                        
Watoga State Park 
SP-1, Camp Seebert – 1934, Co. 1535
SP-5, Camp Watoga – 1934, co. 1525  
SP-7, Camp Will Rogers – 1935, Co. 3537     
S-52, Camp Watoga – 1933, Co. 1525    

                     
Other work programs of the 1930s – 1940s influencing development of West Virginia state parks.

The Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Pinnacle Rock State Park
Tomlinson Run State Park

USDA Farm Security Administration Resettlement Project

Holly River State Park

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