The Marx Toy Museum is a fun place to visit with your family and take a trip down memory lane. The Marx Toy Company was the largest toy company in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s, and its main facotry was located in Glen Dale, the town immediately north of Moundsville. The museum was started by a local toy collector, and features thousands of toys and Marx memorabilia. As children of the 1960s and 1970s, we remeber Marx for its Big Wheels and Rock Em Sock Em Robots toys. The museum has these and hordes of other Marx toys, including toy soldier sets, cowboy and Indian sets, dolls and dollhouses, trains, cars and trucks, mechanical metal toys, etc. The museum also has a 1950s themed refreshment room, where you can enjoy some popcorn and soda while watching a video about the history of the Marx Toy Company.
Remember riding your Big Wheel down the neighborhood sidewalk in your childhood? Or playing Rock-em-Sock-em Robots? This museum, chock-full of Marx toys, is a wonderful place to spend a hour or two walking down memory lane. This extensive and well-displayed exhibit is a treat for all ages! Check out their web site for a virtual tour.
This burial mound, after which the town was named, was built over 2000 years ago by the Adena people, who used to live in the Ohio River Valley. It is over 60 feet tall and is one of the largest burial mounds from its era in North America. There is a small museum adjacent to the mound.
I'll probably catch some heat for this one, and in no way do I mean to say this maliciously or with intent to be disrespectful, but from what I have heard and experienced, people in this area tend to be a little on the 'hillbilly' side. Dental plans may be discussed but appear not to be implemented and hygiene - questionable.
Now don't get me wrong but the overwhelming presence of beaten-up pick-up trucks and woodsmen gave me the feel that if you accidentally stepped on their property they'd shoot first and ask questions later. The population quota of 99.7% 'white' people may unfortunately tell you something as well.
The towns main attraction is the closed penitentary that you can tour, with full examination of the death row electric chair. Reputedly, and no doubtedly haunted as well.
If you consider yourself "different" or "unique" in ANY way do not go to Moundsville, although the people were nice, this is not a place for you to want to 'stand out'. Even the nearby Krishna temple - reknown for their peaceful way of life and understanding - has been vandalized on several occasions.
Excellent grip tires on your vehicle will make mountainous, winding roads safer. Go with a full tank of gas and a map. Travel is best during the daylight and John Denver tunes is a must.