Exploring West Virginia

Exploring West Virginia

Traveling West Virginia

An Explorer's Guide to West Virginia

cover photo: An Explorer's  Guide to West Virginia by Leonard M. Adkins WV 917.5404 A23w

This 500-page book is your guide to something worth seeing and doing in every part of the state. Driving tours, state parks, historic sites, scenic views and much more. Detailed directions and phone numbers are included to help in planning.

Covered Bridges in West Virginia

catalog link: Covered Bridges in West Virginia by Stephen J. Shaluta Jr. WV 917.54 S52c

A visual treat with full-page color photographs of these historic bridges from a noted West Virginia photographer, along with descriptions of each bridge and driving directions.

Off the Beaten Path West Virginia: A Guide to Unique Places

cover photo: Off the Beaten Path West Virginia:  A Guide to Unique Places by Su Clauson-Wicker WV 917.54 S69w

Been there, done that? Maybe not... check out ghost tours, quaint museums, factory tours, fish hatcheries and other surprises.

State Parks of West Virginia

cover photo: State Parks of West Virginia by Stephen J. Shaluta Jr. WV 917.5404 S52s

Pictures, just pictures. Beautiful full-page color pictures of state parks. Lakes, waterfalls, mountain vistas and much more will whet your appetite to see wonderful state parks.

Scenic Driving West Virginia

cover photo: Scenic Driving West Virginia by Bruce Sloane WV 917.54 S63s

There are 24 scenic drives from the Coal Fields to the Eastern Panhandle that highlight the natural and historic features of the Mountain State. The sites along the way are covered in detail along with a general description of the drive.

Historic West Virginia: The National Register of Historic Places

by West Virginia Division of Culture and History WV917.54 qH67

All of the state's registered historic places gathered in one convenient guide. The list is organized alphabetically by county, then by location, making it a handy source for planning day trips.

Mail Pouch Barns of West Virginia

cover photo: Mail Pouch Barns of West Virginia by Stephen J. Shaluta WV 679.7 S52m

When the last Mail Pouch barn painter retired in 1992, it was the end of an era. A visual treat, this book provides a trip down memory lane and a guide to finding examples of this early form of advertising that is rapidly disappearing.

West Virginia Mountain Majesty

catalog link: West Virginia Mountain Majesty by James E. Casto WV 975.4 fC35w

The front cover of this oversized book is a view of Germany Valley in autumn. Inside are 260 pages of equally glorious landscapes, from the panhandles to the coalfields.

Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking and Photography Guide

cover photo: Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia:  A Hiking and Photography Guide by Kevin Adams 917.522 A21w

This book is aimed at those of you who like to get out of the car and explore. Each waterfall listed has a general overview, directions, trail description and ratings for its beauty and photography potential. There's even a designation for falls that are recommended based upon ease of access or beauty.

West Virginia: Mountain Air

cover photo: West Virginia: Mountain Air by Lucien Niemeyer 917.54 qN67w

This is a book honoring the beauty of the common, the vernacular, the things we take for granted. Take a trip across the state and enjoy the charm of a barn in winter, a wraparound porch, a white clapboard church, a sunflower and more.

Barns of Summers County: West Virginia Heritage

cover photo: Barns of Summers County:  West Virginia Heritage by Phyllis Campbell Whitley 975.476 fW61b

This colorful book celebrates the humble barn. The author traveled the 756 miles of roads – 200 of them unpaved – in Summers County to find and photograph 230 barns built before 1950. In addition to photos, there are stories about the barns, the people and their heritage.

Charleston

cover photo: Charleston by Billy Joe Peyton 975.437 P51c

Take a trip back in time to Charleston. This unique book juxtaposes historic and contemporary images of landmarks in the city. Here are streets, buildings, homes and churches from then and now.

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