Other Local Places of Interest…
Entering Preston County, West Virginia. Sign refers to Arthurdale Project.Â John Vachon, May 1939.Â Library of Congress.
A full sized replica of an 1850s General Store and exhibits related to the history of the Union District of Preston County.Â Located on Route 50 in Aurora.
Home to an ancient hemlock forest. Trees 90 feet tall and 21 feet in circumference form the parkâ€™s dramatic â€œcloistersâ€. An old-growth mixed forest with Eastern Hemlock being the dominant species.Â Located on Route 50 in Aurora.
An astonishing boreal bog harboring plants and birds that usually occur much farther north. 1,650 acres protected by The Nature Conservancy. Boardwalk. Located on the Maryland/WV border. Follow wildlife signs in Terra Alta.
One of oldest markers in the US. Marks boundary between Maryland and West Virginia, and is a state park. Located 2 miles off US 219, 4 miles north of Thomas.
The primary resource for visitors to the â€œScenic Mountain Home of West Virginia Universityâ€ features information on the areaâ€™s heritage, arts & culture, outdoor recreation, lodging, dining, and shopping.
The exhibit has scenesÂ fromÂ U.S., British, German and RussianÂ soldiers.Â The home front (1940s living room)Â is alsoÂ depicted and will be completed withÂ a Rosie the Riviter reading letters from her soldier at the front.Â A WAAC/Red Cross display with several uniforms, a wall of honor with photos of our veterans,Â and other artifacts will capture your imagination.
Operated by the Preston County Historical Society and housed in the former 1892 Terra Alta Bank, the museum features railroad artifacts, old photos, maps, firearms, Indian artifacts, Civil War memorabilia and other items of historical interest for the Terra Alta area.
The wildest place on earth! Over 100 animals. Have your picture taken with exotic baby animals when available.Â Located between Reedsville and Kingwood.
Only 8 miles east of Arthurdale is Kingwood, the county seat of Preston County.Â Visitors can visit the historic James McGrew House or visit another old-fashioned Esso Station.Â Enjoy the Buckwheat Festival the last weekend in September every year.
Operated by the Tunnelton Historical Society, this depot was constructed during the period of 1912 through 1913.Â Open by appointment only.Â Located on Route 72.
Located just 40 minutes across Preston County from Arthurdale, this community offers interesting things to do for the outdoor recreationalist as well as history buffs.Â Enjoy the Civil War Battle site of Cannon Hill or aÂ World War II reenactment the last weekend in June.
VIRGINIA IRON FURNACE
A cut-stone blast furnace, standing roughly 30 feet high with a square base of 34 feet.Â Constructed in 1854, it was the second blast furnace in Preston County, but remained in operation from 1854 to 1880, well past other industrial sites in nearby counties.Â The Furnace is on the National Register and is open year round.Â Located on Route 26, 3 miles north of Albright.