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Find blog posts below that delve into the history, culture, and activities of Braxton County, West Virginia. Click on each entry to read more.

What's a Flatwoods Ground Pounder?

Need a gang to watch your back? Become an honorary member of the Flatwoods Ground Pounders and never be without a posse again! So, who are the Flatwoods Ground Pounders? In the mid-50’s a group of kids made up of Eddie May and his friends hitch-hiked, walked, and later drove all over Central West Virginia.... View Article

Eagle Kidnaps Boy... Thunderbird?

Thanks to, investigator, Les O’Dell for finding this story from 1907 and sharing it with us. In May of 1907 it was reported in two West Virginia newspapers that a boy from Braxton County, West Virginia, narrowly escaped being taken away by a giant Bald Eagle. Find accounts below: Tuesday, May 14th, 1907 – The... View Article

WV Historic Highway Markers, In Braxton County

The West Virginia Highway Historical Marker Program was initiated in 1937 as part of the New Deal as a way to encourage tourism during the Great Depression. The West Virginia Commission on Historic and Scenic Markers worked with the State Road Commission, Works Progress Administration, and Federal Emergency Relief Administration to place 440 markers during... View Article

New Promo Videos in Partnership with the Bump Podcast

In partnership with The Bump Podcast, the Braxton County CVB has produced a series of four promotional videos in which host Bo Kennedy and his Dad plan a “Man-cation” to Braxton County, West Virginia. The audio in the video series came from The Bump Podcast, which is a podcast centered around the paranormal. Find all... View Article

Flatwoods Monster wins underdog upset in 2020 Presidential Election

In an unexpected victory, polls indicate that the Flatwoods Monster has clinched the 2020 Presidential election. Though the mythical monster, only seen once in 1952 [read more about there HERE], wasn’t even on the ballot or an official write-in option; as well as not securing any party affiliation, the cryptid has won the popular vote... View Article

Monster Relic, Found!

The Flatwoods Monster Museum, located in downtown Sutton, West Virginia, has received a very rare piece of Flatwoods Monster history. The item seen in the pictures below is the original master caster for the famed “Braxton County Monster” lanterns first created by the civil group, the Jaycees, in the late 1960’s. For more detailed information... View Article

Restaurant Hours

Due to COVID-19 restaurants are not offering a dine-in option. However, most Braxton County establishments are open and offering curbside pickup, carry out, or drive thru services. For operating hours for each establishment, see below… Just because we’re social distancing, doesn’t mean we can’t treat ourselves! All information here is current, as of 5/4/2020 at... View Article

New Old Stock Monster Lanterns

The folks at the Flatwoods Monster Museum were cleaning out a cabinet when they discovered some old stock of Flatwoods Monster Lanterns. At first glance, these seem like extra monster lanterns that the museum could simply put into new stock and sell without a second thought. However, these lanterns are a little bit special. Not... View Article

Elk River Summer Float

June 8th, 2019 marks the 6th Annual Elk River Summer Float held annually in Sutton, West Virginia. Kayak or canoe the flatwater and mild rapids of the Elk River between the Sutton Dam and the Elk River Camp and RV. Register for this five-mile float at Registration is $15 a person and includes an event t-shirt... View Article

Danny Heater, a Braxton County Legacy

On January 26 1960, almost 30 years prior to when the three-point line was introduced into high school basketball, Danny Heater scored 135 points in a 173-43 Burnsville High victory over Widen. He obliterated the West Virginia state record of 74-points on his way to posting a high school mark that still stands. Along the... View Article