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WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia is noted for its crafts industry, and one of the best places for viewing some of the hand-made products is Tamarack, a 50,000-sq. ft. arts and crafts complex in the New River/Greenbriar Valley. Along with featuring the works of some 1,200 working artisans, the site also includes restaurants and a gourmet food shop.

Charleston, West Virginia's capital city, is home to several Black heritage sites, including Garnet High School; the Mattie V. Lee Home, the residence of the first Black female physician in West Virginia; and the Samuel Starks House, home of the first Black state librarian in America. In nearby Malden is African Zion Baptist Church, where Booker T. Washington was once a member.

Huntington is home to Douglas Senior High School, whose graduates include Carter G. Woodson. Camden Park - West Virginia's only amusement park - and Heritage Farm Museum & Village are also located in Huntington.

As you can see, there is a wealth of compelling history, diverse culture and fun adventure waiting to be discovered in a wide choice of Southern destinations. The state tourism offices listed at the end of this article are great sources for more information to get you started in planning your group's Southern journey.

GETTING IN TOUCH

Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel
(800) ALABAMA
www.800alabama.com

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
(800) NATURAL
www.arkansas.com

Visit Florida/Florida Tourism and Marketing Corp.
(888) 7-FLAUSA
www.visitflorida.com

Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism
(800) 847-4842
www.georgia.org/Travel

Kentucky Department of Tourism
(800) 225-8747
www.kentuckytourism.com

Louisiana Office of Tourism
(800) 677-4082
www.louisianatravel.com

Mississippi Division of Tourism Development
(866) SEE MISS
www.visitmississippi.org

North Carolina Division of Tourism
(800) VISIT NC
www.visitnc.com

South Carolina Department of parks, Recreation & Tourism
(888) SC SMILE
www.discoversouthcarolina.com

Tennessee Department of Tourism Development
(800) GO2TENN
www.tnvacation.com

Virginia Tourism Corp.
(800) VISITVA
www.virginia.org

West Virginia Division of Tourism
(800) CALL-WVA
www.wvtourism.com

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