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Before the American Civil War, there was only one Virginia. However, when most of Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, the northwest portion chose to stay put. Even before the war’s conclusion, newly formed West Virginia was rewarded with statehood, making the Mountain State the 35th to enter the Union. The Mountain State is deftly nicknamed, as it lies entirely within the Appalachian Range. Farming in West Virginia is difficult because of the rugged, mountainous landscape, but hunting is a popular activity, and game meats and fish have been important parts of the diet going back to the days when Native Americans had the rugged terrain to themselves. The brook trout is West Virginia’s state fish and the Golden Delicious apple (a variety first developed in Clay County, West Virginia) is the state fruit. Apple butter (made with apples stewed in cider with sugar and spices) is another West Virginia favorite.

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Home Town: Princeton, West Virginia, USA
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My husband and I love to take day trips, weekend excursions, and weekly ventures in which we end up in unexpected places with little to no planning. We have the "Hobo" basics packed all year in our little car. Basics include a camera, general road map of the US, our handy cooler, tent, and other small essentials. Some weekends we just pack our clothes and hit the road. We have discovered wonderful little shops, restaurants, people, and best of all beautiful views off the beaten path. The Blue Ridge Parkway was wonderful and an easy way to start if your interested. I took nearly 600 picts one week and saw beautiful vistas, wonderful towns, and interesting people.

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