West Virginia 150
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia 150, a special sesquicentennial exhibit commemorating West Virginia's 150th birthday, will be on display until Dec. 31 at the West Virginia State Museum in the Culture Center.
The exhibit focuses on more than 150 people, places and events that helped to shape the lives of West Virginians over the past 150 years. The exhibit features West Virginia's national and international accomplishments and achievements since the state's birth on June 20, 1863.
Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The State Museum, also free, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. For more information, call 304-558-0220 or visit www.wvculture.org.
Civil War re-enactment
HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Two engagements of the Civil War will be re-enacted Thursday through Sunday in Hurricane: The Battle of Scary Creek and the Blue and Gray Skirmish at Hurricane Bridge.
Activities and attractions include campsite tours; a historic remembrance play; artillery night firing; rides in a horse-drawn wagon; portrayals of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson; a period church service; and battle re-enactments. Call 304-562-0518, ext. 10 or 11, or visit www.civilwardayswv.com for the complete schedule and more information.
RIPLEY, W.Va. -- The annual West Virginia Chocolate Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 in Ripley.
Chocolate of every description -- suckers, fudge, beverages -- will be available for purchase from chocolatiers from around the state. Free samples will be offered. The parade begins at 11 a.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 304-531-1133 or 304-372-3482 or email wvchocolatefesti...@yahoo.com.
ELKINS, W.Va. -- On March 30, children dressed in their Easter best can meet Peter Cottontail on the Cottontail Express train ride on the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad.
The 1 1/2-hour round-trip down the rails will include face painting, singing and a search for that hippity-hoppity bunny.
Departure times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ticket prices (train ride only) are $35 for adults and children age 12 and older, $30 for children ages 4-11 and free for children younger than 4. Reservations are strongly recommended. Visit www.mountainrailwv.com or call 877-686-7245 for additional information or reservations.