Things to do in Preston County

/Things to do in Preston County


An extraordinary place of natural beauty and serenity, our West Virginia mountain resort provides the ideal setting for a weekend get-away, family vacation or retirement home.  Nestled high in the Alleghenies, Alpine Lake Resort is set on 2000 heavily wooded acres with an award winning 18-hole golf course and a pristine 150 acre lake fed by springs and mountain streams.  Mini golf, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, tennis, fishing, boating, and cross country skiing await you.  Alpine Lake Resort offers an unforgettable setting for reunions, weddings and conference meetings.  The Lakers Lounge offers daily dinner specials and a flat screen TV for your enjoyment to watch your favorite sports team.  The Evergreen dining room has an outdoor deck with a fantastic view of the lake with daily dinner specials. Call ahead for reservations to stay in our 35 room hotel and begin your experience in your getaway in the mountains!

700 W. Alpine Dr., Terra Alta, W.Va. 26764
304-789-2481 or 1-800-752-7179


Annual Heritage Days are held in Aurora in partnership with the Aurora Project and the Aurora Historical Society in the month of June along Rt. 50 in Preston County. The events begin Friday evening and run through Saturday.  Plenty of food will be available the whole weekend including BBQ Chicken, hot dogs, and baked goods. There will be craft tables, a yard sale, pictures of Aurora businesses and celebrating local history and Appalachian culture.

304-735-3620 or 304-735-6557
RR 50, Aurora, W.Va. 26705


Revisit the 1930s of Eleanor”s Little Village, Arthurdale ~ The Nation’s first New Deal Homestead community championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.  A 5 building Museum is now open year round and there is also a Appalachian craft store and a Co-Op store on the grounds.  From November to April the Craft Shop is open Tuesday through Friday 11am-3pm and May through October the shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-3:00pm and Sunday from 1:00pm-5:00pm.  If you would like to shop outside these times, just contact the office and they will open for you.  The Co-Op store hours are open weekly from 12pm-4pm or Saturday from 12pm-2pm.  Closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

PO Box 850,  Arthurdale, W.Va. 26520
304-864-3959 and 304-685-6226


The mission of the Arts Council of Preston County is encouraging and supporting the vitality of the arts in Preston County, WV. Membership to the Arts Council is open to anyone interested in the arts, whether it be creative arts, visual arts or the performing arts, all are welcome.

PO Box 198, Kingwood, W.Va. 26537
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The census of 1860 shows that David Ridenour, a tailor, had arrived from Pennsylvania with his wife, Sarah, and their family.  He built the white frame store, still standing, in Aurora.  He was postmaster at the store from 1875-1893.  His son, Eugenis Oliver, inherited the store in 1891.  He was postmaster from 1897-1906.  In 1907 Jesse Stemple and his brother, Edgar, leased this store from the Ridenours; by 1917 Jesse had bought it outright.  Dr. George R. Stemple, a brother was postmaster from 1913-1925.  The store remained in Jesse’s family until the 1950’s when Ira Hardesty bought it.  Jack Adams bought the store in 1966 and operated it for 20 years, modernizing it somewhat.  He sold it to his son-in-law, Fred Tichnell, who closed it.  The store is currently owned by the Aurora Project, Inc.  The main floor is leased by the Aurora Area Historical Society.

Aurora, W.Va. 26705


The Aurora Project, located in the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia, provides the opportunity for artists and scholars from across the country and around the world to live and work in an environment supportive of the creative process.

Situated in a rural community surrounded by high plateau farmland and forested hills, the restored historic buildings that comprise the Aurora Project were once part of a 19th Century mountain resort. Converted into private studios and lodging, the buildings, some on site and others within two miles, are across a rural, two-lane road from Cathedral State Park, a protected old growth forest.

It is within this distinct natural setting and rich history that artists and scholars are afforded undisturbed time and space for the exploration and exchange of new ideas or the advancement of works in progress, to be responsible only to themselves and their work. It is also within this environment that the Aurora Project’s Education Program and Community Partnership strive to encourage and sustain an appreciation and understanding of the importance of the arts, humanities and the environment.

25208 George Washington Highway, Aurora, W.Va. 26705


Cathedral State Park, Aurora, WV in Preston County is an ancient hemlock forest of majestic proportions, and one of the last living commemorations of the vast virgin hemlock forest which once flourished in the Appalachian Highlands.  Tress up to 90 feet in height and 21 feet in circumference.  Throughout the woods, eastern hemlock is the dominant species.  Over 170 species of flora including 9 species of fern, 3 club moss, over 30 tree species and over 50 species of wildflowers.  All this sits on 133 hilly to mountainous rather gentle sloping ground with an elevation varying from 2460 to 2620 feet.

Rt. 50, near Aurora, WV. Open daily 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
12 Cathedral Park Drive,  Aurora, W.Va. 26705


The Cheat River Festival, known affectionately as Cheat Fest, is held every year in Albright, West Virginia on the first weekend in May. Featuring kayaking, rafting, camping, bands, vendors, games, food and festivities, Cheat Fest has something to offer everyone who loves the outdoors. The Friends of the Cheat (FOC), the group responsible for the Cheat River Festival each year, hosts this extravaganza to raise money to protect their most precious of natural resources, that is the Cheat River. Check out the Cheat River Festival Photo Gallery and begin to see what makes this event so special. For more information visit
Albright, W.Va. 26537


Come discover the best whitewater rafting on the Cheat River in Northern West Virginia! Also check out our Rock Climbing, Wild Caving, and Paintball programs. Cheat River Outfitters offers Class V whitewater rafting on the spectacular Cheat Canyon and Big Sandy, Class III whitewater rafting on the Cheat Narrows and family style rafting all summer long. Join our sister company, Upper Yough Expeditions for the thrill of the Class V Upper Yough in western Maryland. Whether you are rafting, climbing, caving, or on the paintball course, our professional staff will serve up your most memorable West Virginia adventure vacation ever!
Rafting, climbing, caving, paintball. Wild to mild — we’ve got it all! Kids and group rates. March through November.

Rt. 26, Albright, W.Va. 26519


Cool Springs Park-The West Virginia restaurant that’s one of the most unique restaurants in America-Open year round as a restaurant, general store and gift shop. The restaurant serves Buckwheat cakes all day long with the famous foot long hotdogs. The park includes an antique farm and railroad equipment, little train playground, fresh produce and fresh flowers for sale, unusual animals, a large water wheel, fish ponds, toys and picnic tables outside to enjoy and rest before you start back out on your journey.

12696 George Washington Highway , Rowlesburg, W.Va. 26425


12,713 acre forest. Campsites, hunting/fishing, biking, picnicing, scenic overlook area, over 50 miles of scenic trails, and cross-country skiing.

Campground has 25 sites with electric hookups. Open Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day.

I-68 Exit 15, Coopers Rock, W.Va. 26527


At Cranesville Swamp, the elements of wind, water, mountains, and temperature have created a landscape that is both beautiful and rare.  The hills surrounding Cranesville Swamp channel precipitation and chilled air into the valley, which makes the preserve one of the coolest and soggiest spots in West Virginia.  This is an astonishing arboreal bog harboring plants and birds that usually occur much farther north. 1,774 acres protected by The Nature Conservancy. 10 miles south of I-68 on the border with Maryland. Just east of Cranesville on State Route 42, turn south onto the unpaved Burnside Camp Road. After 1 mile turn left onto a country road and follow the Nature Conservancy signs into the parking area.



One of the most significant historical landmarks in West Virginia.  Located near Blackwater Falls State Park, the stone marked the western boundary of land granted to Lord Fairfax by the King of England in the 1700’s.  Almost two centuries later, the stone was used as the determining factor in the state boundary between West Virginia and Maryland.  Sitting at the source of the North Branch of the Potomac River, 3 counties converge and comes as near as anything to being a cornerstone of the entire state.  Early surveyors in West Virginia started from this point.

Rt. 29
Davis, WV


The Annual Fellowsville VFD Fireman’s Field Day is held each year in June.  The field day includes the “Battle of the Barrels” which involves local fire departments coming together for a little “friendly” competition, crowds gather to watch the biggest event of the day and that is the Snowy Creek Antique Tractor Club’s tractor pull.  There are also a kids bucket brigade race, foot races, other games, entertainment, music and a BBQ.  It is a chance for the Preston County community to get together and have some fun!

RR 50, Fellowsville, W.Va. 26444


Good Neighbor Day Festivities is held in Bruceton Mills, WV every July with fireworks, a parade, rides, food and other events. The Good Neighbor Day Festivities is held by Bruceton/Brandonville VFD.

Main Street, Bruce Mills, W.Va. 26525


THE GREATEST GENERATION WORLD WAR II MUSEUM is a magnificent exhibit worth visiting. You will be surprised by the authentic war time scenes with soldiers, exhibits and many artifacts from both Allied and Axis. Located in the Szilagyi Center (old high school).

Open May through October on Saturday from 11am – 4pm and on Sunday from 1pm – 5pm or by appointment. Groups and tour buses welcome.

Please call or visit the website for admission rates. Located on Route 72, Rowlesburg, WV. 304-329-1240 or 304-454-9232.

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Rt. 72, Rowlesburg, W.Va. 26425
304-329-1240 or 304-454-9232


Pure maple syrup made in the hills of West Virginia!
Welcome to our maple syrup adventure.  We are happy to offer our pure West Virginia maple syrup for sale in glass or plastic containers.  New this year are maple candy, maple sugar & maple walnuts for sale.  We will ship anywhere in the United States.

2988 Compressor Station Road
Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

To place your order go to our facebook page and message us!  Typically respond within the hour.


The Henry Clay Iron Furnace is a cold blast furnace and is located in Coopers Rock State Forest, Exit 15 off I-68. Take a hike on scenic trails and visit a piece of WV history.
61 County Line Drive, Bruceton Mills, W.Va. 26525


Halo therapy is inspired by the rituals practiced in European salt mines and salt rooms simulate the natural environments of those authentic salt caves.  Our spa has imported over 30,000 pounds of salt from the Himalayan Mountains to create a unique climate similar to those natural salt caves.  Himalayan Salt contains the same 84 trace minerals & elements that are found in the human body.  Come relax & experience the Salt Cave, Salt Sauna or our other Salt Services.  For more information go to or call 304-379-7000.
Hours of operation:  Monday-1pm-7pm
Tuesday-Thursday 8am-6pm


Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the restored station is the last of the B&O Preston Stations available to the public for viewing.  Built in the middle of the Golden Age of trains & commerce, it served four passenger trains daily while acting as a conduit for freight.  Built during the period in 1912, the depot consists of seven rooms consisting of a baggage room, office, men’s & women’s restrooms and waiting room.  In 1994 the Tunnelton Historical Society was formed to return the station to its former glory and make it into a railroad museum.

Admission is free, but any & all donations are welcome
Open 1st Sunday of June through the 3rd Sunday of September (except holidays) from 1:00-3:00pm
Tunnelton, WV 26444

For more information call 304-568-2559, 304-568-2579, 304-329-2269 or 304-568-2638


The wildest place on earth with over 30 different species of native & exotic animals from all over the world!  You will always find new babies for that special photo opportunity.

Open 7 days a week from April to October & weekends only in November.  Admission is $12.00 for adults, $11.00 for seniors, $10.00 for children ages 3-12, and children under 2 are free.  Season passes are available.  Pavilions are available for rental, a Hungry Bear Cafe is on site for food & snacks plus a gift shop where you can purchase animal feed for your zoo adventure.

Herring Rd., Kingwood, W.Va. 26537


Paint Your Own Memories–It’s Party Time!
Do something memorable, fun and different for your occasion-we do birthday parties, baby or bridal showers.  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Corporate Groups and Seniors and to top off your experience taste some of our own mini-donuts made right in our shop.
We also have Fanny Rest Handmade Macrame Lawn Chairs for sale.
Call or stop by and start making your memories!

130 South Price Street Suite 101, Kingwood, WV 26537
404-425-2150 or 770-377-8165
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Historic home of one of Preston County’s most influential citizens and listed on the National Registry of Historic places.  Visitors are able to schedule tours of the renovated McGrew House. Also, each year, various camps are held at the establishment. A small group in Kingwood, West Virginia, protested the demolition of the house and succeeded in renovating and making the house available for observance.

109 E Main St., Kingwood, W.Va. 26537


The New Deal Festival is held annually in July to celebrate the unique history of the first New Deal Homestead Community of Arthurdale. The event is sponsored by Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. with food, entertainment, antique car, tractor, & tractor show, kids activities, wagon rides, crafts & artisan demos.  This non-profit organization was formed to “restore yesterday for tomorrow.” For more information about the event and what it features, please visit


Arthurdale Heritage, PO Box 850,  Arthurdale, W.Va. 26547


Old Hemlock was the home of George Bird and Kathryn Harris Evans.  Mr. Evans was a noted artist, author, outdoorsman and dog breeder while Mrs. Evans co-authored and edited books.  Old Hemlock contains virgin hemlock trees and is to be maintained in its natural state as a nature and wildlife preserve.  The house located on Old Hemlock was built in about 1782 and is the oldest residence in its state of preservation in Preston County, West Virginia.

17098 Brandonville Pike, Bruceton Mills, W.Va. 26525


This is Rowlesburg’s modern day “Claim to Fame” & visitors come from all corners of the USA to partake in a gastronomic treat found only in the Cheat River Valley.  The park crew light the BBQ pit fire on Sunday night so that the ox roasts slowly to a moist, melt-in-your-mouth tenderness.  The fire is tended all night to make sure your portion is high quality.  In additon to great food, there is a carnival, music & other entertainment, plus a finale of fireworks from Cannon Hill over the river.

Rowlesburg Park, Rowlesburg, W.Va. 26425,,


Come float with us!
Padlz offers Canoe and Kayak rentals departing from above the Bruceton Mills Dam. Padlz offers full equipment rentals, boats, paddles and life jackets. All ages and skill levels are welcome including youth, scouting and 4-H groups.


Please call & reserve your boat so you’re sure you have what you want to paddle when you arrive-
Prices are $15 for a single kayak & $20 for a two person kayak & canoe.  All prices are $5 off if a child under 12 is in the boat.
Life jackets & paddles are included with the rental.

This is a flat water, scenic tour that is appropriate for all ages! Fishing supplies, small dogs and & small lunch coolers are welcome.  Open to all ages & skill levels.

Open Mid-May to October

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Big Sandy River, Bruceton Mills, W.Va. 26525


Preston Community Arts Center Offers visitors an art gallery and retail store filled with juried arts and crafts made by local artists from fine chocolates, to pottery, books, CDs, baskets, candles, jewelry, paintings, photos, scarves, quilts and more.  The arts center hosts various concerts, plays, events, classes, and arts-related activities throughout the year.  Please check the CVB calendar of events.  The quilt lined hall is available for rent for parties, meetings, and receptions.

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Amy White

123 South Price Street, Kingwood, W.Va. 26537
304 329-6336


Late in the Great Depression, rural West Virginia and Preston County found economic recovery slow and tedious. Local farmers grew buckwheat, although mainly for animal feed, as an “insurance crop” because of its short growing season and good quality; it was thought that perhaps this grain might spur agricultural economic growth. For this reason and for its uniqueness, buckwheat was chosen as the focus for an end-of-harvest homecoming when farmers could relax, have fun, and compete – thus blossomed the Preston County Buckwheat Festival!

The first Buckwheat Festival was held October 13 -15, 1938 and included an all-day horse trading and a farmer’s auction. Early festival activities were located on the east lawn of the courthouse, and attendees enjoyed sack races, hog calling for women, husband calling, nail driving for women, eating contests, tugs of war, and rolling pin throwing. As the festival continued, buckwheat and other agricultural crops were exhibited, a king and queen were selected, and a banquet of buckwheat cakes and sausage were served.

Buckwheat Festival

Now, the Preston County Buckwheat Festival is held in Kingwood each year, featuring livestock shows, local artisan vendors, carnival rides, project exhibits, parades and of course, buckwheat cakes and sausage! The event is held the last Thursday of every September and is enjoyed by people of all ages, some traveling across the nation to attend.
Price Street, Kingwood, W.Va. 26537


Founded in 1925 on property originally belonging to George Washington, Preston Country Club offers golf and dining to the public as well as its members. As one of West Virginia’s longest golf courses at 7001 yards from the tips, PCC has hosted the Men and Women’s Tri-State for over 20 years, the Senior Tri-State, and other area tournaments.

We have been pleased to host civic groups, corporate outings, weddings, and parties for various occasions. A putting green and driving range are near the pro shop. Pull carts and electric golf carts are available for rental. For Tee times and the Pro Shop call 304-329-2100

Dine at Rosemary’s Thyme Mexican Restaurant

1 Camp Dawson Road, Kingwood, W.Va. 26537


The museum is housed in the former Terra Alta Bank, with three floors full of antiques, artifacts, relics and miscellaneous papers. Open June through September except holiday weekends from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

109 E. Washington St., Terra Alta, W.Va. 26764


Annual River City Festival on Memorial Day Weekend is always a smashing success with a parade, a play, barbershop quartet, magician, poetry, original Rowlesburg piano composition, and capped off by the outstanding voice of soprano Cristina Nassif singing arias from favorite operas. Visit or call 304-329-1230  for more information.

RR 72, Rowlesburg, W.Va. 26425


Rowlesburg Park is a multi-acre riverside public space that has picnic pavilions available to schedule with access to a BBQ grill. The area is next to the river which presents a scenic surrounding for family events. There is a functioning playground, a lighted path, tennis court, basketball court, whitewater events, fishing & bicycling tours.  There are also two baseball fields that have been renewed and house softball tournaments for men, women, co-eds, and T-ball for the younger children with a concession stand open during these times.

Any donations for use of the pavilions and park furniture is always appreciated.

Rowlesburg, W.Va. 26425


Fine Art
Painting classes for adults and children-birthday paint parties, paint parties for special events or groups.
Bright and inviting offering a friendly, fun and relaxed atmosphere.  Come out and enjoy a few hours of creativity.

137 South Price Street Suite B
Kingwood, WV 26537
304-441-2357 or 304-698-3663


A recreational spot for the entire family that features camping, boating, swimming, picknicking, a restaurant and game room, a small motel, and six small cabins.  Closely located to Blackwater Falls State Park along the Youghiogheny River on the West Virginia and Maryland state line.

US 219, Eglon, WV 26716


Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, proclaimed as the “smallest church in 48 states” is near Horse Shoe Run & Eglon, WV.  The church building is a 12 feet x 24 feet purpose built family church with an altar & 12 one-seat pews across an aisle.   The church is always open.
U.S. Rt. 219


Terra Alta offers a chance for residents and visitor’s to celebrate the oldest, continuous July 4th celebration in the state of West Virginia with carnival rides, vendors, fire department giveaways, chicken dinners cooked by the TAVFD, a parade, fireworks, and a demolition derby.

RR 7, Terra Alta, W.Va. 26764


The Szilagyi Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (formerly Rowlesburg school) is owned and operated by the Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee, Inc.

The building is renovated and currently houses the WWII Museum, a small cafe, B&O Bridge exhibit, Train Exhibit, Library, Riverbend Art Studio and Sports Museums.

There are rooms available to rent for business opportunities. There is also internet service in the building.

Call 304-454-9009 for more information.
20 Buffalo Street, Rowlesburg, W.Va. 26425


Is a non-profit organization that has been stocking Rainbow Trout in an 8 mile section of the Cheat River in Preston County for 14 years.  Trout are off loaded beginning about 3 miles South of Rowlesburg along Rt. 50 & extending North along Rt. 72 for approximately 5 miles.  There are 4 stockings in the spring & 5 in the fall.  Each stocking contains approximately a ton of fish most of which range between 2-3 pounds with plenty in the 6-8 pound range.  Fisherpersons come to fish the Cheat from 6 different states.  Come and try your luck!


The Valley District Fair is held each summer in Reedsville at the Reedsville Volunteer Fire Department grounds. Activities include a pageant, parade, food vendors, small games and entertainment. There are also mud bog, truck & tractor and ATV races and pulls.

RR 7, Reedsville, W.Va. 26547


Located along Rt. 26 in Albright, West Virginia, the Virginia Iron Furnace is a structure still standing where visitor’s can stop to experience a piece of WV History. The historic water-powered blast furnace that pre-dates the Civil War was built in 1854 and was used as a charcoal iron furnace used to smelt iron.  The furnace remained in operation until the 1890’s and in 1933 the Virginia Furnace was acquired by the Kingwood Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution who created a roadside park at the furnace site.

RR 26, Albright W.Va. 26519


The WV Chestnut Festival is honoring the great American Chestnut Tree and the research scientists dedicated to restoring them back to their natural forest habitat.
Held in the Rowlesburg Park with vendors, roasting chestnuts, chestnut saplings, distinguished guest speakers and banquet. Rowlesburg, W.Va.


1927 Restored Service Station with highway memorabilia.  Fun photo opportunity.  Call for appointments!

101 W. High Street, Kingwood, W.Va. 26537


Tour one of our agricultural treasures with trout, sheep, alpaca, longhorn, rabbit, tomato or maple farms.  Contact the CVB for more information on tours of these working farms.

1-800-571-0912 or 304-329-4660


The West Virginia Day celebration in Kingwood celebrates the birthday of the state each year on June 20. Held at the McGrew House in Kingwood, the event features WV artifacts and stories, photographs and more.

Refreshments and some entertainment is available. The community works together to commemorate the creation of West Virginia as a state.

Main Street, Kingwood, W.Va. 26537


Held in June each year, the WWII Living History weekend will feature a war re-enactment, vendors, presentations by historians, breakfasts, a dance and more. The event is held in Rowlesburg, an old Railroad town in Preston County. Also open to the public during the event are the railroad museum and Curiosity Shoppe.

RR 72, Rowlesburg, W.Va. 26425