Held the second weekend in October each year. Features concerts, craft show, athletic events, parade, and dinners. For more information visit www.ab.edu or call (304) 457-6202.
The new (2007) 527-seat American Mountain Theater is located on 1.2 acres of land in the historic rail-yards of downtown Elkins, West Virginia. It is the state's only live Branson-style family, music, comedy, and variety show, and is a popular destination for coach tours from in and out-of-state. Situated adjacent to the New Tygart Flyer scenic excursion trains and a new Holiday Inn Express Hotel. Spectacular Christmas show each December. For more information, write: 49 Martin Street (Post Office Box 1061), Elkins, West Virginia 26241 or call (304) 630-3040 or (800) 943-3670. Fax (304) 636-7798. www.AmericanMountainTheater.com • Info@AmericanMountainTheater.com
BARBOUR COUNTY EMERGENCY SQUAD
US 250 South Philippi (304) 457-5333
Held one weekend in late winter in February or March, and includes hay, silage and grain exhibits, craft demonstrations, food, workshops, and entertainment. Held at the Barbour County Fairgrounds located on U. S. 250 between Belington and Philippi. For more information, call (304) 457-3254.
Friday, March 12
Saturday, March 13
Sponsored by the Barbour County Cooperative Educational Outreach Service, consisting of 8 clubs with 134 members.
Everyone is encouraged to attend and experience a piece of America's history. You can relive the year 1861, when the first land battle of the Civil War was fought. Re-enactors will highlight important moments in our history. Also, Civil War campsites will be erected for the public to enjoy. Imagine yourself at the campsite of a Civil War soldier.
Other activities will include a Southern Belle Contest, a parade, crafts, a Civil War Ball, and food everywhere. Area artists will have their paintings on display and the Community Education Outreach Service will host a Quilt Show. Twenty five dollars will be given to the Best of Show. Don't forget, there is a Blue & Gray Park, featuring the five flags that flew over Philippi, Virginia, during the first land battle of the Civil War. Travel back in time and dress for the occasion. The "Southern Boys" are sure to make you feel like it's 1861.
For for general information about the Blue and Gray Reunion, contact: P.O. Box 911, Philippi, WV 26416. (304) 457-4265, (304) 457-2368, (304) 457-5183. Sutlers and those interested in the Kids Battle may call R. Schoonover evenings at 457-5183. For Crafts, contact L. Wilfong at 457-2368. Food Concessions telephone T. Wilfong at 457-2368, and Reenactors E. Brown at 457-4265. School teachers interested in attending Kids Day contact T. Riffle 472-6677
The 2007 Blue & Gray Reunion was dedicated to the memory of Gavin Charles Longo Fogg, a fallen Yankee comrade, who passed away in October 2006 after fighting a long battle with illness. He was 18 years old. Gavin loved the reunion and attended every year from the time he was five. He made his first uniform by taping penny "buttons" down the front of a dark blue pajama top. He could be found in the soldiers' camps, making friends and soaking up the excitement that transformed this quiet little town into someplace special: full of color, pageantry and action. During the past few years, Gavin was often hospitalized. He suffered from Epidermolysis Bullosa whose many wounds led to a series of life-threatening complications. Gavin is shown at age eight. The medal is the bronze star, awarded to Gavin's uncle and godfather, Army Col. Richard Longo, for bravery in Iraq. which he presented to Gavin posthumously at Gavin's funeral for bravery in life.
Two miles South of Philippi on the Union Road;
Trail rides, instruction, stabling. farrier.
Just off US 250, between Belington and Philippi on Valley Bend Road; Archery range. sporting goods, and snack bar. (304)823-3374
Camp sites available at Audra State Park, Middle Fork Campground, Pleasant Creek on the backwaters of Tygart Lake, Teter Creek lake, and Twin Lakes Campground.
The Cass Scenic Railroad was built to haul lumber in 1901. Today, a Shay locomotive takes visitors up the mountain for a picnic at the recreated logging camp of Whittaker Station or continues to the top of 4,700-foot Bald Knob. Now, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park takes in the logging town of Cass with its 20 restored turn-of-the-century cottages, railroad & logging museums, playground, and company store. Major resorts are close by. Overnight in historic modern vacation cottages, or in a wilderness cabin or private caboose. Dinner and Special Trains available in addition to a daily, year-round schedule.
The downtown merchants in Belington and Philippi each sponsor a Christmas parade each year during the first part of December. Entries include bands, floats, twirlette groups, community organizations, fire departments and much more. Call (304) 457-3700 for Philippi and (304) 823-1611 for Belington.
There are a wide variety of clubs and organizations to which residents give their time and talent. There's something for everybody and for all ages:
Several scenic bike trails have been marked out in Barbour County, and cycling events scheduled such as the annual Barbour Detour on July 4th and the Mountain Road Classic, held the 3rd Sunday in September. The Barbour Detour is a 26 or 52 mile road race starting from the Barbour County Fairgrounds. The Mountain Road Classic is 53 miles long and starts at the Kasson School. Contact Thad Kelley, Sports-N-Spokes Bike Shop (304) 457-6090 or e-mail SportsnSpokes@verizon.net Scenic bike trails include the Junior/Belington River Ride of 8 miles; the South Barbour circuit of 40 miles beginning from the Barbour County Court House and returning via Belington and Audra Park; The Moatsville Climb of 13.3 miles along the Tygart River from Arden to Moatsville; and the Teter Creek Lake Loop of 9.8 miles.
One mile South of US 250 on Route 92, Nestorville; Stocked half-acre lake. Rods available. Bait and picnic supplies available. Handicapped accessible. Picnic area. (304)265-5186
Barbour County is one of the best-kept fishing secrets in the state of West Virginia. Below are several of the numerous quality opportunities.
Middle Fork and Buckhannon Rivers
One-half mile from Audra State Park on the Kesling Mill Road. Miles of scenic trails. Horses boarded short- and long-term. American Paint horses for sale. Open seven days a week. (304)472-1414
Enjoy the Philippi walking trail beginning behind the museum at the Philippi Covered Bridge. Walk any of our beautiful country roads. Try one of the bike trails.
Blue and Gray 5K
Various horse shows are held at the Barbour County Fairgrounds during the spring, summer and fall. For more information please visit http://www.barbourcountyfair.com/ or call (304) 457-2368.
Hunting by written permission on private lands.
Hunting on public lands at Pleasant Creek, Teter Creek, and in
the Monongahela National Forest. Gone Huntin' Guide and
Outfitters, contact John Rose guide and outfitter:
Held each year on or near July 4 at the Barbour County Fairgrounds, features the state's largest fireworks display, exhibits, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food concessions. (304) 823-1328
Anyone interested in the old sport of Irish Road Bowling is invited to come to the North Philippi City Park any Monday evening at 6 p.m. where those interested in learning about- or practicing the sport -are invited to give it a try. The game is simple in concept but takes time and practice to become an expert. The aim is to throw a metal "bowl" weighing 28 ounces (about the size of a tennis ball), down a mile-long road to a finish line.
The 4-member team with the least amount of "throws" wins. Irish Road Bowling is one of the first events that mark the beginning of the Barbour County Fair. This year, teams of experienced and novice road bowlers from all over West Virginia will play a "score" at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2009 on the Point Pleasant Road. For more information, call Bob Wilkins in Philippi at (304) 457-4320.
Held the third weekend in July, this re-enactment of the Battle of Laurel Hill includes cavalry units and their horses, Civil War encampments, costumed ball, pageant, exhibits, artillery demonstrations, period church service. For more information visit www.battleoflaurelhill.org, call Belington (304) 823-3327 or via email: Info@BattleofLaurelHill.org.
2009 Schedule of Events
Everyone is encouraged to attend
and experience this event.
Held in the early spring, features food concessions, cakewalk, Little Mr. & Miss Union Contest, country store, crafts, baked goods, pony rides, children's games. (304) 457-4770.
Saturday, March 8, 2008: Buckwheat pancake &
sausage dinner 7 am to 2 pm.
For a fantastic adventure, journey down West Virginia Rivers in rafts from April through fall. Rafting on the Tygart and surrounding rivers. For more information visit www.usaraft.com or call toll free to 1-800-USA-RAFT.
In addition to hosting a commercial rafting company, the waters of Barbour County are a popular destination for river runners and kayakers of all ages. An excellent resource is "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia" by Charlie Walbridge and Ward Eister from Menasha Ridge Press 2003.) The American Whitewater Association website www.AmericanWhitewater.org/Rivers/State/WV has detailed descriptions, real-time gauge readings, and photos of popular local sites. These include:
Arden to Cove Run
Covered Bridge Run
Audra Park to Tygart Junction
Belington to Philippi Run
Middle Fork Run