Hidden History Weekend

Ranger leading a talk at historic site

Join us for the 11th Annual Hidden History Weekend: September 27-29, 2019

Celebrate the wonders of Appalachian heritage, sites and stories of southern West Virginia’s history! Enjoy FREE programs and exhibits at New River Gorge National River, the National Coal Heritage Area, Hinton, Bluefield, Tamarack, and in the state parks of Babcock, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Hawks Nest, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort.

All programs are FREE unless otherwise noted. An adult must accompany children to programs. Bring water and wear sturdy walking shoes for guided walks. Additional pre- and post-event activities continue this celebration throughout the autumn.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Country Roads Walk

10:00 to 11:30 am. 1.5 miles.
Meet at Pipestem Resort State Park's Park Headquarters, Pipestem.
See the area's pre-park history on this easy walk along the road and through the woods to an old farm site.

Active SWV: Edmond Hike on Endless Wall Trail

10:00 am to 12:00 pm. 3 miles.
Meet at the Fern Creek Parking Area of the Endless Wall Trail on Lansing-Edmond Road, Lansing.
Hike one of the most scenic trails in the New River Gorge to see the stunning views at Diamond Point, which includes an overview of historic Kaymoor and Nuttallburg.

Step Back to the Civil War: Carnifex Ferry Battlefield and Patterson House

11:00 am to 12:00 pm. 1 mile.
Meet at the Patterson House in Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, Summersville. S
ee the site where history happened, the Battle of Carnifex Ferry of the Civil War. Get an inside look at the historic Patterson house on this easy walk.

Haunted History Hike

7:00 to 9:00 pm. 2 miles.
Meet at the Rend Trail parking area on Route 25 near Thurmond.
Hear legends and stories from Appalachia into the dark of night. Program not recommended for children under nine years old. Bring a flashlight.
hikers and ranger at coal mine opening

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Active SWV: Cunard Bike Ride on Southside Trail

9:00 to 11:00 am. 4 miles.
New River Gorge National River's Southside Trailhead one mile upstream from the Cunard River Access near Cunard.
Bike along New River through remains of the historic communities of Brooklyn and Red Ash. Bring your mountain bike or one can be provided by making a bike reservation at getactiveinthepark@gmail.com.

Red Ash - Rush Run Coal Town Hike

10:00 am to 2:30 pm. 6 miles.
New River Gorge National River's Southside Trailhead one mile upstream from the Cunard River Access near Cunard.
An old cemetery, building foundations, and coke ovens are all that remains of Red Ash and Rush Run. See these sites and discover more stories from this area's early industrial times. Most of this hike will be on level terrain, be prepared for some moderate off-trail explorations. Bring water and lunch.

Walking Tour of Historic Hinton

10:00 am to 12:00 pm. 1 mile.
Meet at Summers County Visitor Center on the corner of Temple St. and 2nd Ave. in Hinton. Explore Summers County on this stroll through the Hinton Historic District. Tour stops will include the Railroad Museum, Veteran's Museum, Campbell-Flannagan-Murrell House Museum, and other notable structures. Tour participants will receive a complimentary bag lunch following this program.

Bluestone Walk with History Bonus

10:00 am to 12:00 pm (plus extend option to 1:30 pm). 2 miles (bonus adds 0.5 mile).
Bottom of Pipestem Resort State Park’s tramway, Pipestem.
Explore the area where the region’s earliest settlers called home in the Bluestone River Gorge. History Bonus: hike to an old farmstead site along the Bluestone River.

Sandstone Falls: the Story Behind the Scenery

3:30 to 5:00 pm. ½ mile.
Meet at the boardwalk at Sandstone Falls on River Road near Hinton.
Explore the beauty of Sandstone Falls and its rich human history, stories of the native people, early settlers, the railroad, and even George Washington. Be prepared for uneven footing on the Island Loop Trail.

visitors walking alongside historic buildings

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Active SWV: Cunard Hike on Brooklyn Mine Trail

9:00 to11:00 am. 5.4 miles.
New River Gorge National River's Brooklyn Mine Trailhead near the top of the Cunard River Access Road, near Cunard.
Hike to the site of the historic Brooklyn mine.

Nuttallburg Headhouse Hike

9:30 am to 12:00 pm. 2 miles.
Meet at the new Short Creek parking area on Beauty Mountain Road, Lansing.
See one of the most intact 1920s-era headhouse and coal conveyor structures in the New River Gorge on this hike to the historic Nuttallburg mine.

Active SWV: Prince Hike on Glade Creek Trail

10:00 am to 12:00 pm. 3 miles.
Meet at the Glade Creek Trail parking area at the end of Glade Creek Road, 6.2 miles from Route 41 near Prince.
Join in on a fun hike along the banks of beautiful Glade Creek, the site of a historic railroad line once used for moving timber in the early 1900s.

Old Growth Pioneer Times Hike

1:30 to 5:30 pm. 7 miles.
Meet at Stone Cliff Trail parking area near Thurmond.
Join guide Mitchell Dech to see oldgrowth trees near New River. Get a better idea of what it was like for people to live and travel this area in the mid-1700s, from the Native American people to the region's early pioneers like Mary Draper Ingles.

Hands-on History: Tools of the Coal Miner

3:00 to 4:00 pm.
Meet at New River Gorge National River's Canyon Rim Visitor Center, Lansing.
Come and go as you please for this informal talk highlighting the history of coal mining in the New River Gorge. See tools used underground by these workers in the early 1900s.

Walking Tour of Historic Bramwell

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

Focus Photo Walk - Thurmond

4:00 to 5:30 pm.
Meet at the deck next to the Thurmond Depot Visitor Center, Thurmond.
Grab your favorite camera and explore this historic railroad town through a different lens. All ages, skill levels, and cameras are welcome. Ranger Leah Perkowski-Sisk will share tips and tricks on this no-pressure photo stroll (not a technical photography program).

Pre- and Post-events

September 14 - 15:
Country Roads Festival Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted

Enjoy music, food, arts and crafts, car show (Sunday only), and other fun ctivities. www.facebook.com/CountryRoadsFestival

September 21 - 22:
37th Annual Lumberjackin' Bluegrassin' Jamboree

Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens
Enjoy bluegrass music, food, arts and crafts, hayrides, storytelling around the campfire, and a woodsmen competition (Satuday 10:00 am). www.wvstateparks.com/events/37th-annual-lumberjackin-bluegrassin-jamboree-lbj/

October 4 - 6:
Fall Photography Workshop

Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens
Sharpen your photo skills and learn how to capture special moments that last a lifetime. Workshop instructors: Steve Shaluta, Steven Rotsch, and park superindendent Scott Durham. Starts Oct. 4, 7:00 pm; ends Oct. 6, 12:00 pm. COST: workshop $86 plus lodging. Reservations required: call 304-294-4000. www.wvstateparks.com/events/fall-photography-workshop/
grist mill

Museums that feature history and the arts during this event:

Babcock State Park: Glade Creek Grist Mill, Clifftop. Open Saturday - Sunday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 5:50 pm

Campbell-Flannagan-Murrell House Museum, Hinton. Open Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Coal Heritage Museum, Madison. Open Monday, Thursday - Saturday 12:00 - 5:00 pm

Coal Heritage Interpretive Center at the Depot, Bramwell. Open Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore Summers County Visitor Center, Hinton. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Graham House, Lowell. Open Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Hinton Railroad Museum, Hinton. Open Friday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mine Wars Museum, Matewan. Open Friday - Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

New River Gorge National River: Sandstone Visitor Center, Sandstone. Open daily in September 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

New River Gorge National River: Thurmond Depot Visitor Center, Thurmond. Open Saturday - Sunday in September, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Pipestem Resort State Park: Nature Center, Pipestem. Open Wednesday - Sunday 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Princeton Railroad Museum, Princeton. Open Saturday - Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tamarack, the Best of West Virginia. Open daily 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Veterans Memorial Museum, Hinton. Open Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Last updated: September 26, 2019

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