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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.

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 http://www.braxtonwv.org/elkfloat. 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

Gray Barker, a Braxton County Legacy

The town of Riffle is a small, close-knit, community in central West Virginia. Located in Braxton County near the borders of Gilmer and Calhoun Counties, Riffle couldn’t be much more rural, unassuming, or off the beaten path, but on May, 2nd 1925 a man was born who would come to play a significant role in... View Article

New History Channel series features West Virginia

The History Channel will premiere its new series, Project Blue Book, on January 8th at 10 PM. Based on previews, the series appears to kick-off with the story of the Flatwoods Monster sighting which took place in Braxton County, West Virginia in 1952. Though some story details seem to have been shifted or combined in order to... View Article

Braxton County gets its first Penny Press

On Monday, November 5th, Braxton County became home to its first penny press. Penny presses are machines that will press a design into a U.S. penny. You may have noticed them while on vacation or in popular tourist destinations. The designs found on these unique souvenirs are usually related to the attraction or area where... View Article

“Bazarre” scheduled for November 17th

On November 17th, the Braxton County Visitors Center will hold its first annual “Bazarre” (Bazaar + Bizarre.) Paranormal investigators and authors will be selling books and movies they have produced and will be happy to meet and greet while discussing topics like UFO’s, hauntings, Big Foot, and Cryptids. Bazarre is scheduled for 12 pm to... View Article

Flatwoods Monster Attracts Travelers from Distant Lands

More than 60 years after the original sighting, The Flatwoods Monster has recently received an unexpected renewal of media coverage and public interest. Earlier this year, Small Town Monsters, a film production company based in Ohio, produced a documentary on the Flatwoods Monster which premiered at the Elk Theatre in April. Shortly after, RoadSideAmerica.com created... View Article