CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia has more than 1,000 listings in the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. To showcase those sites, districts and areas, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) is introducing an updated copy of Historic West Virginia. This nearly 300 page soft-cover book includes brief individual descriptions of West Virginia’s historic resources listed in the National Register.

The new publication updates the first book, printed in 2000, and features 17 areas of interest. These include Civil War in West Virginia, Farms and Barns, African American Resources, Coal Heritage, Railroads, Women’s History, New Deal Resources and National Historic Landmarks. Each is complete with a map showing where the resources can be found in West Virginia.

“In the pages of this book, you will find that West Virginia’s historic resources stories are as diverse as its people,” said Randall Reid-Smith, WVDCH commissioner. “Every site, building and district helps tell a story and celebrate our history.”

“People can connect to historic resources through their character and setting as well as the stories they tell and the memories they make,” said Susan Pierce, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. “We are proud that West Virginia is so well represented in this national historic preservation program which helps us identify, evaluate and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.”

The book will be provided to public libraries, schools, historic societies and historic landmark commissions. Copies of the soft cover book are available at no cost from the State Historic Preservation Office, WV Division of Culture and History. Requests with full mailing address can be submitted to John Adamik, education and planning coordinator, at Please limit your request to one copy. A mailing of the book will take place in early summer.

This publication, Historic West Virginia, has received partial Federal assistance from the National Park Service. Regulations of the U.S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental Federally Assisted Programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility operated by a recipient of Federal Assistance should write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, national Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240.