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Find history, outdoor fun in Randolph

June 28, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

A combination of history, outdoor recreation, railroad excursions and musical performances make Randolph County a tourist destination.

Randolph County Convention and Visitor's Bureau Executive Director Brenda Pritt says numerous attractions entice people to make a trip to the county.

"I've been doing this for 23 years, and we have the components for a great trip," she said. "We have entertainment, outdoor activity and history."

Elkins is home to American Mountain Theater. Now in its sixth season, AMT provides visitors with a two-hour Branson-style premier show featuring the Due Time Band and comedy routines. Other performances include an hour-long History of American Music Show and a Southern Gospel Concert throughout the summer.

Joining the AMT in providing live entertainment is the Gandy Dancer Theatre & Conference Center on the Beverly Five-lane. The Gandy Dancer offers dinner and live entertainment. The show features country, bluegrass and rock 'n' roll music and comedy routines.

"The Gandy Dancer, AMT and the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad are bringing in groups," Pritt said. "We are having a lot of people coming because it is nice outside. We have a lot of hiking and outdoor activity."

For those seeking a unique view of Randolph County, the Durbin & Greenbrier Railroad provides five different train excursions. Runs are scheduled throughout the summer, offering visitors an opportunity to see the mountain wilderness of West Virginia.

About seven miles south of Elkins is the historic town of Beverly. The small town, rich in Civil War history, served as the county seat until 1899. Today, it is the home of the Randolph County Museum, which contains several artifacts from the history of the county.

Between Beverly and Elkins is the IOOF Building, which houses the Beverly Family History Research Library. The library features more than 2,000 publications on local and regional family histories.

Also, just outside of Beverly is the historic Rich Mountain Battlefield. The site is one of the earliest engagements of the Civil War. Visitors can view the site of the battle and travel five miles west of Beverly on Rich Mountain Road to see the earthworks of Camp Garrett. More information is available at

"We have a lot of history buffs coming to the area," Pritt said.

The Monongahela National Forest covers a large portion of Randolph County and provides visitors with beautiful vistas, country roads, streams, numerous species of plants and animals and camping opportunities.

The Monongahela National Forest has 500 miles of trails, 230 species of birds, 90 percent of the trout fishing waters and the highest point in West Virginia - Spruce Knob, which sits at 4,863 feet above sea level. Visitors who climb to the top are treated to a 360-degree view of the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia.

More information on Randolph County is available by contacting the RCCVB at 304-636-2780 or visiting



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