Every year hundreds of people converge on the tiny town of Helvetia for one of the most unique festivals in West Virginia. Fasnacht takes place annually on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. Only at Fasnacht can you find homemade masks, a candlelight parade, a square dance, Swiss food and the burning of Old Man Winter. Join us for one of the best parties in the state!
A typical schedule is:
10:00am -7:00pm Helvetia Mask Museum and General Store are open in Kultur Haus Helvetia.
3:00pm -8:00pm Open Mic, food, and beverages available at Star Band (Red) Hall
11:00am -8:00pm Sample Plate available at The Hutte Restaurant
7:30pm- Kid’s Mask Judging at Community Hall. Toys, snacks, and dancing.
8:00pm -8:15pm Lampion (candlelight) Parade from Star Band Hall to Community Hall
8:15pm -11:00pm Mask Judging and Masquerade Ball at Community Hall, $10 per person
11:00am -11:30pm Burning Old Man [...]

Every year during the 3rd full weekend in March the Pickens Historical & Improvement Society puts on the Maple Syrup Festival.
In late winter, here in our mountains surrounding Pickens, when nights are freezing and days begin to warm, it’s maple sugaring time! Next, we collect and transport the sap to a sugar house where it is boiled down in large evaporating pans making the thick, golden syrup. It takes about 45 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. The hot syrup is then filtered and packed into storage jugs. West Virginia has a long history of sugar making. The Indians made syrup first. They threw hot rocks into hollowed-out logs that were filled with sap. The early settler quickly learned to make the sweet stuff and use it as their main source of sugar. Today, maple syrup and sugar are widely used in cooking, baking, and as topping. Join us [...]

Good food. Good music. Good times. Downtown Elkins.
Events, specials, entertainment, and more!
Promoting a vibrant, livable downtown Elkins.

Ramps are a pungent member of the leek family that grow wild in the Appalachian mountains. They were often the first fresh vegetable available to early settlers and the tradition developed of having large meals that included this green.
The Helvetia Ramp Supper is traditionally held on the last Saturday in April at the Community Hall. Volunteers prepare over 60 bushels of ramps, 300 pounds of ham, 60 pounds of beans, 480 pounds of potatoes, and 200 pounds of cabbage. The meal includes fried and fresh ramps, beans, ham, fried potatoes, applesauce, cornbread, drink, and dessert.
Typical schedule: Supper from 2:00 p.m. until the food is gone. Dance 8:00 -11:00 with music by the Helvetia Star Band.


From 2 to 6 p.m., the annual Pickens Ramp Dinner will feature ham, brown beans, ramps, cole slaw, cornbread, fried potatoes, applesauce, and dessert. Sponsored by Pickens Post 122 of the American Legion, admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children younger than 12.

The festival continues to grow each year and the Depot hopes everyone will come out again this year! People can try out different ramp-themed foods and listen to live music, enjoy the craft vendors, and vote for their favorite vendors.
Each year the festivities start at 10am and continue until 5pm. Food vendors concocted some delicious ramp-themed foods, like ramp burgers, ramperoni rolls, ramp chili and ramp risotto with shrimp. There will be about fifty different food and craft booths at the festival. The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad offers train rides to those who want to take one of the first rides of the year.

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Elkins-Randolph County, West Virginia

Situated in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, Randolph County, West Virginia is a natural paradise that has long been a destination for travelers and outdoor enthusiasts for over 100 years. Here you will find charming communities that are rich in heritage, alive with arts and festivals, and blessed with unparalleled beauty. Ride vintage excursion trains, access miles of trout streams, rivers and rail trails or pitch a tent under the clear night sky in the Monongahela National Forest. Your perfect day is found right here in Randolph County, WV.

Winter is Randolph County’s undiscovered season. Most days of snowfall in the county leave at least an inch of fresh snow on the ground and in the high-country snowstorms can dump at least a half a foot of snow or more. Cross-country ski or snowshoe on the miles of ungroomed [...]

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Some gossip is so compelling that it still sparks conversation hundreds of years later. Parkersburg, West Virginia has several people and places worth talking about—and there’s no need to whisper.

Henderson Hall Plantation – A 17-room Victorian-era, Italianate-style mansion built in 1859, remained in one family through five generations, all of whom held onto everything from furnishings to letters to amass an unsurpassed collection of treasures. The mind-boggling trove of artifacts includes a land grant signed by Patrick Henry, ballots from the Lincoln-Douglas presidential election, ancient maps, stagecoaches, wedding dresses, toys, tools, diaries, housewares, art, and more. Family members established America’s first chain store operation, served on the U.S.S. Constitution during the War of 1812, wrote the first manual on medicine for the Department of the Army, and served in the State Senate, among many other accomplishments. They counted George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Dolly Madison, [...]

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