Philippi Journals

Country Roads and Covered Bridges

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A June 2003 trip to Philippi by Idler

Country Road, West Virginia Photo, Philippi, West Virginia More Photos
Quote: When the men-folk go off in search of adventure, the modern-day Penelope doesn’t sit spinning by the hearth, patiently awaiting their return. No, she heads off on her own Odyssey. Mine took me to neighboring West Virginia, along country roads to a charming place called Philippi.

Country Roads and Covered Bridges

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A West Virginian Odyssey Photo, Philippi, West Virginia
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With my husband off lecturing and hiking in New Mexico and my son at scout camp in Pennsylvania, I was left to my own devices during a lovely week in late June. Should I paint the kitchen? Shampoo the carpets? Clean the attic? Naw . . . it was the perfect time for aROAD TRIP!Still, something close at hand and inexpensive was called for, as we’d already planned a big family vacation later in the summer. Weighing my options, West Virginia seemed the obvious choice: easy to get to, awash in scenery, known for its excellent parks, and full of off-the-beaten path byways. I loaded my camping gear into the car and hit the road.My West Virginian odyssey t...Read More

Audra State Park

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Hotel | "No Finer Prospect: Audra State Park"

Audra State Park Photo, Philippi, West Virginia
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The catbird woke me at dawn. I’d just spent the night in one of the loveliest spots in West Virginia, Audra State Park. I had the good fortune to have a copy of Johnny Molloy’s The Best in Tent Camping, West Virginia : A Guide to Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos with me, which is precisely what it says it is. By choosing from campsites listed in this guide, I found places that were secure, scenic, and (for the most part) quiet wherever I...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2003

Audra State Park
Rt. 4 Box 564
Buckhannon, WV 26201

Medallion Restaurant

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Restaurant | "With a side of gossip: The Medallion Restaurant"

Medallion Restaurant Photo, Philippi, West Virginia
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During my various solitary rambles I’ve lit upon a method of being relatively thrifty, absorbing a bit of local color, and having a nice hot meal all at once by patronizing local diners, pubs, or whatever eatery the locals favor. Generally I sit unobtrusively in the back and eavesdrop on local conversations. (Okay, so being the talkative sort I often get drawn into conversation as well.)I knew I’d hit pay dirt when I spotted The Medallion Restaurant directly across from the county courthouse. Although it was late afternoon, between lunch and dinner, I was feeling a little hungry, not to mention fairly hot and dusty. Some iced tea and something to go with it would sure go down a treat, I ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 15, 2003

Medallion Restaurant
7 South Main Street
Philippi, West Virginia 26416
(304) 457-3463

Barbour County Historical Museum

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Attraction | "Gift of Memory: Barbour County Historical Museum"

Barbour County Historical Museum Photo, Philippi, West Virginia
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"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."L.P. HartleyAt times travelling through rural West Virginia, it seems I have returned to a simpler time, when people were bound to the land their ancestors cleared and the heart of a community still centered on the church and town hall. It’s easy to imagine that Philippi looked exactly the same twenty, eighty, a hundred years ago.But I am mistaken. Things have changed. I’ve only to step into the Barbour County Historical Museum to find out just how much.My guide down the river of the past is named Evangeline Poling. A silver-haired ...Read More

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Barbour County Historical Museum
200 North Main Street
Philippi, West Virginia
(304) 457-4846

Country Roads: An Appreciation

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Country roads Photo, Philippi, West Virginia
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I often say that that I don’t like to drive, but that’s not really true. I dislike traffic. I’m bored by freeways. And I absolutely hate being rushed or pressured by tailgaters and aggressive drivers. But actually, given a near-empty country road and no worries about arriving anyplace in particular, I love driving. I’m relaxed on narrow, winding roads, easing around curves with the minimum of effort. Only minutes off of I-79, as the road slithers like a yellow-banded snake through valleys and along ridge tops, I feel the knots in my shoulders begin to ease. My two-handed death-grip on th...Read More
Hamrick's Amazing Mummifying Fluid Photo, Philippi, West Virginia
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"If she was buried in the earth, reasoned Miss Beswick, her death might prove to be only an illusion, a dreamless sleep . . . . She left, therefore, a large sum of money to Dr. Charles White . . . on the condition that the doctor should pay her a visit every morning, after what appeared, to uninstructed persons, to be her death, in order that he might be assured of the reality of this."Edith Sitwell, English Eccentrics (1933) Barbour County, West Virginia looks ordinary enough, with its broad river valley and trim little towns, but looks are often deceiving. Scratch the surface of this unassuming place and some singular oddities emerge, not the least of which are the...Read More

Curiosities and Covered Bridges

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Curiosities & Covered Bridges: A Driving Tour Photo, Philippi, West Virginia
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While the majority of West Virginia roads are scenic, some of the most inviting are in and near Barbour County. After rambling through the area for several days, I devised a driving tour featuring some of the loveliest roads and most interesting sights in the area. This tour is approximately seventy-five miles long and takes four or five hours, depending on driving speed and "dawdle factor."Old Mummies and Older BridgesStart in Philippi, at the Barbour County Historical Museum, home of the ...Read More

Taken by Surprise in Philippi

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Blue & Gray Park, Philippi Photo, Philippi, West Virginia
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I’d been driving through the West Virginian countryside for hours, my intended destination being Philippi, a city known for three things: Civil War history, medical firsts, and its lovingly restored 285-foot covered bridge. After I rounded a final curve heading into Philippi, the vista of the long white bridge spanning the broad Tygart River suddenly lay before me. At the Blue and Gray Park, I got out of my car to stand on the quiet riverbank surveying the tidy city, with its prim white church spires and red stone courthouse. And yet it wasn’t always so peaceful here. "We surprised the rebels, about two thousand strong, at Philippi this morning." General T.A. Morris ...Read More

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