Morgantown Off The Beaten Path

  • parts of the paved trail (from the ads)
    parts of the paved trail (from the ads)
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  • parts of the paved trails (from the ads)
    parts of the paved trails (from the ads)
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  • trail gate near the wharf area
    trail gate near the wharf area
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    use the paved trails

    by davecallahan Written Nov 2, 2007

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    Because Morgantown is a university town in a hilly region, biking and walking are popular forms of exercise and the city has made many paved trails to accomodate this healthy activity.

    The two main sections are The Caperton Trail and The Deckers Creek Trail. Both of these are long routes that can be taken in sections unless you are in very good shape.
    Caperton is eight miles of paved surface used for walking, jogging, rollerblading, strolling, and biking.
    Deckers Creek Trail is much longer and steeper. It is 19 miles long in total with about the first three miles paved so far. The rest is crushed stone for hikers and off-pavement bikers but not good for joggers and skaters.

    The more popular Caperton Trail travels beside the Monongahela Riverfront, the West Virginia University, Hazel Ruby McQuain Park, the Historic Train Depot, and through the Historic District of Downtown Morgantown. There are some places where you can get a bite to eat or something to drink in this section of the trails.
    Deckers Creek Trail goes from Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront park along Decker's Creek into Reedsville and is meant for the more fit enthusiasts. It is pretty remote in sections and youa re advised to bring your own refreshments.

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    Gentile Glass Company.

    by davecallahan Updated Mar 14, 2007

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    The name has changed since 2001 but the business and address are the same.
    The area looks like abandoned buildings but they are just low-key industries.

    This was (maybe still is) a small-time glass manufacturer; family business for three generations. An old long wooden building with new stone facing, it housed a small anteroom which had collection pieces of local historical importance; a large main room (industrial decor) with wooden shelves and benches filled with glassware of all shapes and sizes; a back room which was the companies glassworks for designing and making the glass products.

    The product line was mostly standard , utilitarian designs (like you see in local houseware department stores or Dollar General) but also included some one-off and customer-specified designs that were more beautiful and expensive.

    We bought a set of 8 water glasses with a nice floral pattern for $12.
    There were delicate glass punch bowls in the $200 range also (but that was beyond our means).

    location is: 425 Industrial Avenue, Morganstown, WV

    to get there:
    I-79 exit onto Osage Road (route 19), go north east on route 19 and connect to US19.
    go east on US19, across the bridge to Boyers Ave. go north on Boyers a couple blocks to Stafford Street, then west on Stafford to Industrial Ave. shop is on the corner.

    hand-made glassware
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