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  • State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
    State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
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  • State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
    State Capitol Building on April 21, 2013
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  • Statue of President Abraham Lincoln facing River
    Statue of President Abraham Lincoln...
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Charleston Things to Do

  • Visit the Capitol Building

    While I was home on a quick One Day visit my daughter Noelle Teel and I had to play tourist and check out the West Virginia State Capitol Complex. It was such a lovely day and we enjoy walking around the complex enjoying the day. The architecture is lovely. The statues are great..there are fountains and gardens with trees and squirrels and located...

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  • Governor's Mansion

    This lovely old Mansion is the residence of the Governor of West Virginia. Many great men and their families have lived in this home. Located on the grounds of the West Virginia Capitol Complex at 1716 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV 25305The West Virginia Governor's Mansion (or West Virginia Executive Mansion) is a historic residence located next...

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  • Take a walk around the Capitol Complex

    One of our favorite things to do is to park and take a walk around the Capitol Complex. Looking at the old buildings and the Architecture and checking out the statues and the fountains. There is alwasy some lovely flowers along the grounds also!!! If you go on Sunday, you can park free at the meters around the complex and the parking lot near the...

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  • Charleston Gnome

    In the Downtown area there is a little gnome peeking out of a lintel on a renovated building. No one knows who placed it there.

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  • The State Capitol Building

    West Virginia has a very attractive state capitol building that is open to the public almost every day of the year. It was designed by the architect Cass GIlbert, who also designed the US Supreme Court building in Washington DC. The capitol building cost nearly $10 million to build and was completed in 1932, replacing an earlier capitol building...

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  • Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral

    The Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral is Charleston's main Catholic church. The Catholic diocese of West VIrginia has an unusual arrangement, with the bishop splitting his time between Wheeling in the northern part of the state and Charleston in the southern part of the state. Each city has its own Co-Cathedral as a result. Sacred Heart is a small...

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Charleston Restaurants

  • Olive Garden

    Great food at a Great Price !!I used to be a big fan of " Olive Garden" but not so much anymore...but Noelle (my lovely daughter) loves it..so we go!!! I love their Salad with the Italian dressing (house blend) with black olives and peppers...and they add the grated cheese freshly grated to your cheese happiness level!!!!Also they give you about 5...

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  • Good Indian Food in West Virginia

    Little India serves good Indian Food, which is not a commonly available dining option in West Virginia. It has a buffet for lunch and menu for dinner. We decided to meet some friends for a meal there during a recent visit after hearing two different families rave about the restaurant. We were there for the buffet, which offered a good mix of meat...

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  • quick bite to eat

    Stopped in for a coke, a coffee, some french fries and a hot applepie.... to go.Fast Food, cheap price, wash hands, use restrooms. and we were back on the road again.

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  • New restaurant in Charleston

    This is a lovely restaurant. The inside looks like the pits of one of the NASCAR racers. The food is a typical man's fare: Hot Wings and beer..the wings comes in many different hot flavors. There are also lots of different sandwiches and burgers. They also offer fries and onion rings.. the onion rings they serve on an "antenna" and they are lined...

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  • Kids Love Chucky Cheese

    My kids love to go here. They can play games and dance around, scream and shout and it is all in FUN!!!Located right beside TOYS R'US...so you can make a whole day just for the KIDS!!!They have many games which gives coupons/tickets that you can exchange for toys and such..You can buy tokens for extra fee. You can get tokens with your food...

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  • Logan's Roadhouse Steakhouse

    I have only been to this restaurant once with my daughter Noel and my niece, Tiffany. They are both 10 yrs old. We just loved this restaurant. It was decorated lovely..lots of neon lights and heavy wooden tables and booths.. they give you a bucket of peanuts...which the girls loved.They give you not only the bucket of peanuts but also a basket of...

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Charleston Nightlife

  • Drinks, BBQ wings, and NTN Trivia!

    If you are familiar with NTN Trivia (the multiple-choice interactive trivia game most often seen on TVs in bars), the Cold Spot is West Virginia's best known NTN location and a great place to get your trivia fix. There's also a good selection of bar food, domestic and import beers both in bottles and on draft, and mixed drinks. When there's a big...

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  • Go Dancing at the MOOSE

    I am a member of the FRATERNAL ORDER OF THE MOOSE..and we have an awesome MOOSE in Charleston. It is two stories, and we have a huge dancing floor on both levels. We also have great dinners and family parties that we can include the children.I love to go there on friday and saturday nights to dance my cares away...they have a wonderful DJ and play...

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Charleston Transportation

  • Yeager Airport

    Yeager Airport is in the middle of adding new buildings/annex to the terminal. It is also making more landing strips and gearing up to become a much larger airport facility. I fly out of Yeager Airport at least once per year. It is a very nice Airport.Several airlines service Yeager Airport: United, Independence Air, Northwest, US Airways,...

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  • Only Three Trains a Week to or from...

    Train travel in the United States is only a shadow of what it was a generation or two ago. Only six trains per week now pass through Charleston. The train is Amtrak's Cardinal, running between Washington, DC, and Chicago. Three trains run west to east, and three east to west.Fortunately for me, the train schedule is such that I was able to catch a...

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  • The #34 Trolley

    When I was at the State Capitol grounds in late afternoon I figure I had already walked about six miles that day, and it was two miles back to where I wanted to have dinner at the Capitol Market. That's when I learned of the #34 Trolly which makes a round of the Capitol and downtown area every hour. I caught the trolly and enjoyed the ride. The...

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Charleston Shopping

  • Gabriel Brothers

    I am from Charleston WV and all of my family is still there so I go home as much as possible and when I do, Noelle (my daughter) and I make a quick Bee line for Gabriel Brothers at the old Kanawha Mall location in Kanawha City, Charleston, WV...I live in Nashville, TN and we don't have a Gabe's here, but the closest thing we have is Ross (which we...

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  • old stuff....

    We stopped in looking for antiques and instead found a retro furniture store. If you are into chrome and glass, leather and suede, spindle legs on all your furniture;If you like sunbust clocks and colored glass and decoupage lampshades or globe lights.If all that sounds great then come here to shop.It wasn't our cup of tea so we told the staff that...

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  • Shopping at the Mall

    This is a large 3 story mall. It was built in the summer of 1982, and has been the focal point for the shopping in Charleston. The anchor stores are Kaufmann's, JC Penney and Sears. We used to have a Montgomery Wards also but they went of business. The are several jewelry, music and book stores...and lots of boutiques...My favorites are: Limited...

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Charleston Local Customs

  • Mountain Music

    The hills and valleys of West Viriginia are home to some of the finest mountain/bluegrass musicians in America. A great place to see their talents is Charleston's annual Vandalia Gathering, a three-day music festival held in late May every year. Another is the theatre in the state Capital complex's Cultural Center, which is the venue for Mountain...

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  • towns in greater Charleston

    Charleston is an expansive city and incorporates many neighborhoods, communities and towns within its governance.Presently, all of these towns listed below are part of the greater Charleston area:Alum Creek.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/db45b/Chesapeake.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/db691/ Coal Fork.......

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Charleston Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 13, 2007

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    Charleston has good areas where crime is low and it has some areas where the crime statistics put it in the high risk category. Check with the hotel staff to determine if there are some areas you should avoid. In general, Charleston ranks just above average for crime risk.

    There are 115 (that's right one hundred and fifteen) sex offenders registered in the metro-Charleston area. You could check out the website below if you are bringing children to the area or are a woman traveling alone.

    When in Charleston, you should practice security procedures like keeping car doors locked and putting valuables out of sight in the trunk of the locked car or in the motel safebox. Do not wander into unfamiliar areas of town alone late at night. Be safe by being smart and alert.

    check with hotel staff on safe locations
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Charleston Off The Beaten Path

  • by tb55 Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    The Mystery Hole, near Hawks Nest State Park along U.S. 60 in Fayette County. Mostly open during warm-weather months. If you plan a trip to see the New River Bridge or to do any white water rafting, a sidetrip to the Mystery Hole is a must. You can't miss it. It's the building with a VW Beatle jutting out from the side and a gorilla on top.

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Charleston Sports & Outdoors

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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Apr 27, 2006

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    Appalachian Power is Charleston West Virginia's new baseball team which is an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Our team was originally the Charleston Charlies , then the Charleston Wheelers (very briefly) and then became the Charleston Alley Cats. The stadium used to be located in Kanawha City, and it was recently demolished and our new state of the art stadium was built and opened in April 2005.
    On the website it gives a great detailed information of the entire baseball history in Charleston, dating back to 1910. We had many teams and many team names, affiliated with many different major league teams. As a child growing up, I only remember the Charleston Charlies.
    My grandfather retired from Union Carbide and for years Union Carbide sponsored a baseball night and my grandpa took us every year. Many times he took us on regular nights also, he loved baseball and loved to sponsor the home team. I miss my grandpa but this helps me have great memories.

    Equipment: Every Thursday is BUCK night, admission, sodas and hotdogs, only $1.00
    a great night to take the kids and have some old-fashion fun..and make your own memories...

    Appalachian Power Park is located at the corners of Brooks and Lewis street in Charleston, West Virginia.

    Reserved Seats
    Sections 100 & 115
    $5.00 each
    Box Seats
    Sections 101 - 114
    $7.00

    Appalachian Power Park, brand new in 2005 !!!! Seating chart at the new Baseball stadium
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Charleston Favorites

  • services

    There are many places of worship in the Charleston area but if noone tells you where they are you may not find them. So here is a list of some of the churches and worship services in Charleston. (use the phone number to ask when the services are held).Baha'i Faith.... 166 Sunset Drive.... 304-346-9346 Baptist Church.... 4500 Venable AvenueBlessed...

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  • The Mansions on Kanawha Boulevard, East

    It's well worth taking a walk along Kanawha Boulevard, East just to see the architecture of the scores of impressive mansions along the riverfront. These were built primarily with the wealth that came from harvesting (exploiting) West Virginia's rich fossil-fuel resources: coal, oil and natural gas. Most of the mansions today have been converted...

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  • West Virginia's First Natural Gas Well

    Charleston became the site of West Virginia's first natural gas well in 1815, when Captain James Wilson was drilling here for salt brine. Wilson vowed he would drill to Hell if necessary. He struck a large flow of natural gas which exploded into a huge ball of flame, apparently fulfilling the captain's vow.Gas, oil, and especially coal all have...

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