Bramwell homes tour
BRAMWELL, W.Va. -- The 30th annual Spring Historic Tour will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. May 11 in Bramwell in honor of the town's 125th birthday.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased beginning at 1 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in the middle of town.
The Mercer County town was once referred to as the "town of millionaires" because so many coal barons built mansions there at the turn of the 20th century.
Bike at Twin Falls
MULLENS, W.Va. -- The annual Bike the Park Day at Twin Falls State Park begins with registration at 10 a.m. May 4 at the park's ball field.
All skill levels are welcome and beginners are encouraged to attend the free event. Rides are paced for the individual mountain biker's skill and endurance level. Clinics provide opportunities for improving riding skills. Riders should bring their bike and lunch.
For more information, visit www.twinfallsresort.com or call 304-294-4000.
Irish road bowling
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- An outdoor sport linked to Civil War times, Irish road bowling, will be played May 4 at Kanawha State Forest.
Registration starts near the restrooms across from Rattlesnake Hollow at 12:30 p.m. Bowling starts at 1:30 p.m. For more information about Irish road bowling, contact Stephen Wallington, 304-638-3224.
"This is an exciting opportunity to do something a little bit different in the outdoors, and we expect a lot of people to come out and give it a try," said Kevin Dials, assistant superintendent at Kanawha State Forest.
BEVERLY, W.Va. -- Confederate soldiers will once again raid Beverly on May 4 and 5, as they did 150 years ago.
On May 4, Union soldiers will be in town, as Beverly was occupied by federal troops for most of the Civil War. At 2:30 p.m., along Walnut Street behind the Beverly Heritage Center, Confederate troops re-enacting Gen. John Imboden's spring 1863 raid will attack the town. During the raid, the Union troops will retreat and Confederates will take control of the town.
Also May 4, there will be a living history of the occupied town with Civil War camps, sutlers selling period goods, and civilian activities. A camp dinner will be offered at 5:15 p.m. for $10. The Civil War Ball at 7:30 p.m., featuring the Rich Mountain String Band, will teach 19th-century period dances.
On May 5, the raid by Gen. William L. "Mudwall" Jackson from July 1863 will be re-enacted at 1:30 p.m. A church service with 19th-century music by Mountain Winds woodwind ensemble will take place at 10 a.m. at the Beverly Presbyterian Church. Afterward, a light lunch will be available for $6 at the church hall.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The living-history educators of Trails Inc. will commemorate the 250th anniversary of Shawnee warrior Cornstalk's raid on the western Virginia Euro-American settlements in the Trans-Allegheny region.
In 1763, Cornstalk conducted a military campaign against the British colony of Virginia in what is known as Pontiac's War. Cornstalk's campaign took place through the Kanawha/New River Valley to colonial settlements in the Greenbrier Country, upper New River valley, Roanoke River and Jackson's River.