History and Heritage

The history of West Virginia is unique, as is that of the New River Gorge region. Indian raids and Civil War skirmishes interrupted the essentially peaceful wilderness before the Industrial Revolution. Following the completion of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad through the gorge in the 1870s, the mines in the New River Gorge region became the world's top producer of coal. Today, only remnants of the revolution exist in museums and at historic sites.

New River Gorge Photos

Visit our photo gallery of popular vacation spots, picturesque places to go, and exciting things to do in the New River Gorge region. Discover the towns of the New River Highlands and explore the ghost towns of the New River Gorge. Meet the famous people who've influenced the area. Examine the area's rich industrial heritage and revisit a time when the railroads, coal mines and company stores blanketed the coal fields of Southern West Virginia.

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