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Lewis is full of great destinations

June 28, 2012
dsp By John Wickline - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

History and high style can be found at the crossroads on Interstate 79 and U.S. Route 33, making Lewis County a popular stopping point on any destination.

History comes into play quickly, starting with the area that was the boyhood home of famed Civil War Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. West Virginia University's Jackson's Mill, located a few miles north of the county seat of Weston, is a popular spot for 4-H, band and church camps. The historic area inside the facility takes visitors back in time with period demonstrations. Many of the mill's products and souvenirs are available at the General Store.

Not far from Jackson's Mill is the town of Jane Lew, the home of Civil War Gen. Joseph Lightburn. He and Jackson were boyhood friends, but found themselves on opposite sides during the Civil War. The church where Lightburn was the preacher following his military career is still standing outside of town.

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A visitor to the West Virginia Museum of American Glass in Weston looks over the variety of offerings available for purchase at the Main Avenue location.

Downtown Weston also is considered to be a historical district, as many of the homes from days long forgotten are still standing. Casting a looming shadow over the city is the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, a former state-run hospital for the mentally ill and criminally insane. The asylum offers not only historical and Civil War tours, but it has become a popular haunt of ghost hunters and other fans of the paranormal.

A few miles south of Weston, just off U.S. 19, is the Walkersville Covered Bridge, one of just 17 still standing in West Virginia. The bridge underwent a major facelift in recent years and is still open to light traffic.

Weston was once home to a thriving glass industry. Fans of those collectibles can visit Appalachian Glass along U.S. 33 where glass-blowing demonstration are still taking place. Those wanting to view pieces of former factories can head over to Main Avenue to the West Virginia Museum of American Glass. The museum is also home to the National Marble Museum.

Military history fans can browse the collection at the Mountaineer Military Museum on Center Avenue. There, a showcase of uniforms and memorabilia dating back to wars long ago is on display.

Fishing and boating opportunities also are abundant in Lewis County. There is ample time to wet your line in the Stonecoal and Stonewall Jackson lakes, along with the West Fork River. Stonewall Jackson State Park also offers a variety of camping and hiking venues.

The crown jewel for the county is Stonewall Resort, which features fine and casual dining, along with a luxurious spa and championship golf course.

For more information on these and other offerings in Lewis County, anyone interested can contact the Lewis County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 304-269-7328 or 1-800-296-7329. Information also is available at stonewallcountry.com.

More information also can be found by contacting the Mountain Lakes CVB at 304-269-4988 or 1-888-238-8881 or by visiting mountainlakescvbwv.com.

 
 

 

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