Hidden History Highlights

old railroad tracks covered with moss
Old moss covered railroad tracks can be found along the Southside Trail near Thurmond.

NPS photo, Dave Bieri

Hidden History Highlight videos feature some of the historic places and stories hidden within the rich cultural landscape of the New River Gorge region.

Red Ash Island

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2 minutes, 44 seconds

Discover the hidden history of Red Ash Island, a place that was once used to quarantine people during a smallpox epidemic. Gravestones of the people who died during the smallpox outbreak, along with victims from multiple mine disasters, can still be found on the island today.


Carter G. Woodson

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3 minutes, 1 second

Learn the history of Carter G. Woodson, often considered the founder of Black History Month, and the years he spent working as a coal miner here in the New River Gorge before becoming a famous historian.

Last updated: November 17, 2020

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