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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

Hidden History Weekend

Hidden History Weekend flier
 

Join us for the sixth annual Hidden History Weekend: September 26-28, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

River History Trek
9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Pipestem Resort State Park’s Canyon Rim Center (top of the tram), Pipestem.
3.5 mile hike. Meet at the top of the tram and walk the old Bench Road and several park trails to look for clues of community life in Pipestem and Lerona. Pass old home sites and a cemetery. Be prepared for some moderate terrain, plus bring an extra pair of wading shoes to ford the Bluestone River. $2 for return tram ride.

Hawks Nest Digital History Quest
11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
Hawks Nest State Park’s lodge lobby, Ansted.
Discover Hawks Nest history on a scavenger hunt in the park. Bring a camera, plus get a FREE ride on the aerial tram.

Campfire Stories: History by the Fire Presented by Bugs Stover and Fred Powers
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Twin Falls Resort State Park’s campground campfire circle, Mullens.
Let stories ‘round the campfire take you away. Hear tales of life and work in the coal mines, plus some local ghost stories too.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bluestone Walk
10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Bottom of Pipestem Resort State Park’s tramway, Pipestem.
2.0 mile walk. $2 for return tram ride. See signs of the area’s earliest settlers and how they made a life in the Bluestone River gorge. Wear hiking boots.

Artists in Action
10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Tamarack, Beckley.
Visit with stone carver Earl Grey and textile/fabric artist Suzanne Kniceley and see how each have mastered their art forms, putting their own creative spin on the use of traditional materials.

Camp Brookside: Return to the Isle of Fun
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Shuttle bus to and from site; meet at Summers County High School on WV Route 20, Hinton.
Explore newly restored Camp Brookside, historic site of a residential summer camp for children of Alloy’s Union Carbide plant employees. Tour the historic buildings and site, plus meet original campers, as they share their memories and photos of their time on the Isle of Fun. Try your hand at classic 1940s/50sera camp games, activities, and much more in this relaxing day at camp.

Main Street Bramwell History Tour
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Coal Heritage Interpretive Center (Depot), Bramwell.
4 block walk. Join Mayor Lou Stoker and hear stories of early coal prospectors and their families on this sidewalk tour of historic downtown Bramwell.

Haunted History Hike Presented by Youth Arts in the Parks
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 2.0 miles.
Meet at the Rend
(Thurmond-Minden) Trailhead parking area on Route 25 near Thurmond.
2.0 mile walk. Appalachia is filled with spooky stories. Join scout youth leaders and a ranger for this haunting forest walk as night approaches. This program is not recommended for children under 9 years old due to spooky content of some stories. Bring a flashlight.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

No Deposit Required: Bank Tours
9:30 am to 11:30 am. Glen Jean Bank Building, Glen Jean.
Get a glimpse into early finance in the New River Gorge on tours of two historic bank buildings. Start in the Glen Jean Bank, then car caravan to Thurmond for a walk down town and inside the old National Bank of Thurmond.

Artists in Action
10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Tamarack, Beckley.
Visit with stone carver Earl Grey and textile/fabric artist Suzanne Kniceley and see how each have mastered their art forms, putting their own creative spin on the use of traditional materials.

Babcock and the CCC
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Babcock State Park’s park office, Clifftop.
1.0 mile walk. Step back to the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps on this walking tour. See how this national program helped build Babcock for all to enjoy.

Making Parks: Role of the CCC
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Little Beaver State Park and 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Grandview.
Little Beaver State Park Headquarters, Beaver and Grandview Visitor Center.
1.0 mile walk at each location. Discover how the Civilian Conservation Corps developed parks, like Little Beaver State Park and Grandview. Also learn how logging and reforestation impacted these sites. Attend one or both parts of this program.

Milling Around at Glade Creek Grist Mill
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Babcock State Park’s Glade Creek Grist
Mill, Clifftop. See the inner workings of a grist mill and how this tool helped provide a food staple for people’s daily lives.


Download the Hidden History Weekend Schedule

 
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Digital Scavenger Hunt

Be the Digital Hidden History Scavenger: Got an iPhone or iPad? Go to Klikalku.com or the App store, tap Download the Free App, install it, tap Play A Hunt, then enter the Hidden History Hunt Code: 7J5IzCEcUY for an easy hunt, or bemzt04Mrd for a shorter, but more difficult hunt. You will need a digital connection to begin and end the hunt, but not to play it.

Have fun and remember to leave no trace of your presence. Help us preserve the past for the future. Happy Hunting!

 
Living History interpreters

Early Event Bonus - September 21:

Harvest & Hunt:New River’s American Indian Heritage
10:00 am to 3:30 pm.

Sandstone Visitor Center, Sandstone. Living history interpreters set up an 18th century warrior camp and discuss the culture of American Indians of the New River Gorge area including men and women’s social roles, regional agricultural practices, warrior/hunter skills, trail food preparation, and tracking prowess.

 
Grist Mill at Babcock State Park

Park Museums that feature area history highlights:

Babock State Park:
Glade Creek Grist Mill, Clifftop. Open weekends 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

Coal Heritage Museum,
Madison. Open Friday12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

New River Gorge National River:
Canyon Rim Visitor Center, Lansing. Open daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Sandstone Visitor Center, Sandstone. Open daily 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Thurmond Depot Visitor Center, Thurmond. Open weekends 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Pipestem Resort State Park:
Nature Center (historic buildings on site), Pipestem. Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm.

 
New River Gorge Bridge from window of an old foundation

Hidden History Photos Contest Winners
See displays of these heritage photographs taken by West Virginia photographers at Tamarack.

August 29-September 29

Tamarack, Beckley (in the vestibule near the food court, leading to the center courtyard). Open daily 8:00 am - 8:00 pm.

Or check out the photos on our Hidden History Photo Contest page.

 
Ranger working on art project with students

Youth Arts in the Parks 2014 History Festival at Thurmond
Discover the stories of hidden history through explorations of the park. Join us for a FREE field trip to New River Gorge National River at the historic town of Thurmond! Transportation costs will be paid by the park on a first come-first served basis with a limit of 100 students for the one day field trip. Schools are can attend on September 30th or October 1st. Open to 6th through 8th grade classes. more...

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