Background: Harper's Ferry from Maryland side of Potomac River
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Discovering and Moving to West Virginia

Moving to West Virginia

History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of West Virginia

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Located in the middle of the Appalachians, West Virginia the most mountainous state in the eastern United States and it  relies heavily on its super-maintained infrastructure. When relocating to West Virginia, stay on the main interstates for the safest and best access roads. Observe strict adherence to posted speed limits, particularly the mountain highways, and check on your brakes often when going down-hill.

If you relocate to the state, you can not help but take in its rich Appalachian traditions and heritage. Plan on taking in a traditional Appalachian folk music festival and behold Scots-Irish ballad singing and fiddling first-hand. Native arts, poetry and crafts continue to be kept full of life and well by these friendly people who proudly refer to themselves as West Virginians.

From sleepy Weirton, a place where numerous Pittsburg professionals locate affordable housing, to scenic Charleston situated on the banks of the Kanawha River, relocating to West Virginia signifies uncovering a location that goes with both your lifestyle and employment needs. Other cities include revitalized Parkersburg, along with many educational opportunities; Huntington, a center of industry; Morgantown, which is happens to be one of the better small towns in the nation to live; and fast-growing Clarksburg and Martinsburg where many federal and private organizations are located.

Harper's Ferry changed hands a dozen times during the American Civil War and was annexed by West Virginia.

In 1731 Morgan Morgan established the first permanent white settlement on Mill Creek in present-day Berkeley County. Coal, a mineral asset that would figure significantly in West Virginia's history, was discovered in 1742. Other important natural resources are oil, natural gas, and hardwood forests, which cover about 75% of the state's area.

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    West Virginia Colleges. The West Virginia Board of Education was founded in the constitution of West Virginia. The board has a general supervision of 834 primary and secondary schools in West Virginia. Its twelve members include nine citizens appointed by the governor and three ex officio non-voting members: the state superintendent of the schools, the chancellor of the West Virginia Education Policy Commission and the chancellor of community and technical education. The State Superintendent is a constitutional official who serves the will of the Board. The members of the Board of Directors have a term of office of nine years and no more than five citizens may belong to the same political party

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    THE CARDINAL GROSBEAK.
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    West Virginia is home to college sports teams from two schools West Virginia and Marshall that play in NCAA Division I. West Virginia is also home to several professional minor league baseball, football, soccer, and other sports teams.

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    West Virginia Airports. There are 37 airports in West Virginia for the public to use. West Virginia Airports are well connected to many major US cities. West Virginia Airports are customer focused in the services and facilities they provide.

    There are no international airports in West Virginia. West Virginia's main regional airports are the Raleigh County Memorial Airport at Beckley, the Yeager Airport at Charleston, the Harrison-Marion Regional Airport at Clarksburg, the Tri-State Airport at Huntington, the Greenbrier Valley Airport at Lewisburg, and the Morgantown Municipal Airport the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport in Parkersburg.

    The Yeager Airport in Charleston is located on a hill that is falling sharply from all sides and the construction of this airport was nothing short of a technical marvel. The airport has many facilities and services to allow travelers a smooth journey. There are ATMs, many restaurants and smart carts that make it easy to carry your luggage. It also has a TDD phone for people with hearing impairments. The airport has hangars and is often used as a stopover by airmen. The airlines at this airport are Continental Airlines, US Airways and Express, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and Northwest Airlines.

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