Uncover the New River Gorge’s unsung history

To discover the New River Gorge’s most alluring historical secrets and drama, you have to get leave the beaten path.
We can show you where. This month, workshops, contests and reenactments put a spotlight on our region’s gems-in-the-rough. 

Carnifex Ferry Civil War Battle Reenactment | Sept. 9-11

Get caught up in the drama of an explosive reenactment of the U.S. Army’s victory over the Rebels on Sept. 10!
Throughout the weekend, stirring Council of War, balls, string bands and more unfold at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. Not too many people know the Gauley River is a historic site, but these re-enactors will completely immerse you in the Gorge’s colorful past.

Hidden History Weekend | Sept. 23-25

Later this month, the New River Gorge’s state and national parks will lead you on creative historic activities. They’re free, too! Join rangers for events like:

  • Photo sessions at Nuttallburg and Thurmond, 2 historic ghost towns. Bring a camera and zoom in on stately architectural details. Or, compose man-made structures against the Gorge’s untamed backdrop. One thing’s for sure: you’ll leave with a deeper appreciation of our state’s artifacts.
  • Jordan’s Chapel Tour. Meet a guide at Pipestem, where you’ll get a ride to an 1852 Methodist church. Its crisp Greek Revival lines make an excellent subject for photography.
  • Stories! Hear old-time tales around a campfire or take a Haunted History Hike deep in the New River Gorge. Expect plenty of Appalachian mysteries!
  • Discover the “Richest Little Railroad in the World” at the Princeton Railroad Museum.

Hidden History Photo Contest

Show us your definition of West Virginia history! Find a subject, snap the shutter and share your discovery with the National Park Service. Your photo could earn statewide recognition and some prizes!
Sleuth around for Hidden History subjects throughout the National Parks of Southern West Virginia or National Coal Heritage Areas. (You can even edit and manipulate your photo for the “creative” category.)
Every Best in Show winner will earn a digital photo frame, and the adult Best in Show wins 2 nights at Twin Falls Resort during the Spring Photography Workshop. Even the youth Best in Show winner gets a generous award: a digital camera! All of the top photos will be shown at rotating exhibits, including a stay at the prestigious Tamarack, “the Best of West Virginia” art gallery.
Submit your photo by Sept. 16!

Digital Scavenger Hunt

Prefer to explore on your own? Take on the parks scavenger hunt, which challenges you to track down items and answer questions to win. Download the free game at www.nps.gov/neri.
What are you hoping to uncover during Hidden History Weekend?