(State of West Virginia)
West Virginia Coat of Arms
- Location:Southeastern United States
- Capital: Charleston
- Language(s): English
- Population: 1,923,564
- Total Area: 62,755 sq km
- Curious Alcohol Fact: Moonshine is the local favorite
- Most Popular Drink(s): Moonshine, beers
- Nickname(s): The PanhandleState, The MountainState
- What You Must Do in West Virginia: Explore the caves
Admitted into the Union as the 35th state in the year 1863, West Virginia was once part of the Commonwealth of Virginia but split during the American Civil War. The state lies in the center of the Appalachians and is so rugged and mountainous that it has been tagged the ‘Mountain State’. The mountainous nature of the state is also reflected in the motto of the state: Montani semper liberi, which is translated to mean ‘Mountaineers are always free.’ Although a mountainous state by nature, West Virginia is one of the smallest states in the country. The state is bordered to the east by Virginia and Maryland, and to the north lies Pennsylvania. To the southwest of the state is Kentucky while Ohio lies to its northwest. The state holds the distinction of being the only state to be established as a result of breaking away from the Confederacy. Charleston is the largest city in the state and is also the capital. The state has a humid subtropical climate and that confers on the state mild winters and humid, hot summers.
As in the other states in America, Whites form the predominant ethnic group in the state, as they are over 95% of the population. Most of these Whites have English, Irish, German and Italian roots and the other ethnic groups in the country include the Blacks (African Americans), Native Americans (or American Indians), Native Hawaiians (and other Pacific Islanders) and Asians. Also, in terms of religion, the state is not too different from other states as Christianity is the major religion and the Protestants (especially the Methodists and Baptists) make up the largest denomination.
Eating in West Virginia
For some good Appalachian-styled meals, West Virginia should be your next holiday destination. Local dishes include pinto beans, sausage, fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Apart from this, there are some other dishes that are considered delicacies. One very good example is pepperoni roll, which is more of a casual snack to be taken with friends on a cool afternoon. Some of the rolls contain bits of cheese and they are widely available –and affordable too. If you are interested in dairy products, there are servings of Swiss cheese and in many homes in the state, apple butter is always a delightful component of meals. You may also be lucky to consume some roasted game –wild animals are hunted and enjoyed in the PanhandleState.
Drinking in West Virginia
Like in many of the other states in the country, West Virginia has some wineries and there is a number of breweries. The wines and beers from the state are some of the finest in the country. Soft drinks and dairy products (milk cream and yoghurt) are also available at many of the stores in the state. However, I noticed that the liquor considered to be the local favorite is moonshine and honestly speaking, you need to try this drink –under the moonlight!
Sports in West Virginia
For the lovers of sports and all sorts of physical activities, West Virginia is the place to be. The most popular sports in the state include football (indoor and outdoor), baseball, basketball and ice hockey.
Interesting Things About West Virginia
- The state has two panhandles.
- Alongside Nevada, West Virginia is the only state founded while the American Civil War was being fought.
- The state is also unique in the sense that it is the only one in the Union to break away from the Confederacy during the Civil War when it split from Virginia.
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