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Travel Notes: Oct. 14, 2012

By Staff reports

Beverly Lantern Tour

BEVERLY, W.Va. -- Costumed docents will guide visitors on a Lantern Tour of the historic town of Beverly beginning at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

Stories told on the tour will be drawn from known history as well as mysterious experiences in the community.

The Lantern Tour begins and ends at the Beverly Heritage Center and will last about 90 minutes, with light refreshments and discussion afterward. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for center members and children under 12. Participants are encouraged to dress for the chill of the evening and to bring a flashlight.

The Beverly Heritage Center combines four historic buildings, offering museum exhibits, gift shop, archives and visitor information. It is in the center of Beverly, six miles south of Elkins on U.S. 219. Off-season hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday, and other days and hours by appointment.

For more information, visit www.beverlyheritagecenter.org, email info@beverlyheritagecenter.org, or call 304-637-7424.

Bridge Day special

OAK HILL, W.Va. -- ACE Adventure Resort is offering a full-day raft trip on the lower New River that includes watching the BASE jumpers leap from the New River Gorge Bridge Oct. 20 during Bridge Day.

The price is $149 for two people, and includes a pig roast dinner at ACE following the raft trip. The Boatmen will perform a mix of blues, rock and newgrass.

For more information, call 800-787-3982.

English tea at Adaland

PHILIPPI, W.Va. -- Guests from Philippi and surrounding areas are invited to an English tea, a social event likely to have been enjoyed when the Augustus Modisett family built and lived in the house that is now known as Adaland Mansion.

The English tea was a popular event within Victorian society, and, because the house was built during the Victorian time period, around 1870, English teas (both high and royal) may well have been served in the Modisett home.

The next scheduled English teas at Adaland take place Oct. 21. High tea ($25 per person) will be served at 2 p.m. and will offer guests four courses of sweet and savory finger foods. Royal tea ($30 per person) will be served at 5 p.m. and will offer guests extended sweets and savories and will end with champagne. Both teas conclude with Adaland signature chocolate.

Reservations are required. Call 304-457-1587 or 304-457-2415 or email info@adaland.org.

Cranberry Glades mystery

MARLINTON, W.Va. -- The Pocahontas County Opera House presents a one-of-a-kind outdoor performance of "The Mystery of Gauley Marsh," as written by G.D. McNeill in his historical novel "The Last Forest."

The performance begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 on the boardwalk of the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area.

McNeill's tale describes a 19th-century jury's trip to the Gauley Marsh as part of the murder trial of James Brooden. Brooden, a stranger to the area who wore colored glasses and his white hair long, was accused in the early 1880s of murdering Jonas Heeb in a dispute over property lines and a dead horse.

The audience plays the part of the jury as the murder mystery unfolds along the boardwalk.

Admission is free, but because of the special setting of this production, space is limited. Call the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center at 304-653-4826 to RSVP.


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