From Barbour County to Wood County, the luscious mountains of West Virginia make the state a prime place to call home. Foreclosures are a great option for many new homebuyers, as they provide you an opportunity to either save some money or buy more space. Virginia has many foreclosures that are sure to suit your work and family's needs, including single family, condo, ranch-style and apartment homes.
With mountains along the eastern part of the state and rivers throughout, there are plenty of things you can do as a resident of West Virginia. New River Gorge Bridge is an excellent spot to enjoy the scenery of the river below, take in some area eateries, or participate in base jumping. Hiking and camping are popular activities in the Appalachian Mountains to the east, and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a great place to learn about Civil War history and hike. Lost World Caverns in Lewisburg provide self-guided tours for below-ground adventures. For residents interested in the more adventurous aspects of the state may enjoy the few closed penitentiaries, including West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville and Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston. Plenty of museums are to be found around the state, including Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum and Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.
West Virginia has rich Iroquoian history and is home to the Beaver Wars, which drove out competing Native American tribes in the area. Although located near the original states of the union, West Virginia didn't become a state until the Civil War began, in 1861 after the Wheeling Conventions, and it was the only one to form after breaking away from a Confederate state, Virginia specifically. Its mountainous terrain, rivers and other natural resources were driving economic factors that led to its focus on mining of mineral resources, such as limestone and saltpeter. In the 19th century, mining became focused on coal, which fueled the industrialization of the area to this day.