The Times West Virginian

January 28, 2013

New series celebrates people, places of West Virginia

By Misty Poe
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — In 1861, Granville Parker, a member of the delegation of the constitutional convention of what would become the state of West Virginia, made an awfully good point.

Parker said that if the new state were to be called “Kanawha,” it would cause confusion for the postal service because there was already a county with that name.

Even though the state didn’t end up with that name, more than 150 years later, there’s still a lot of confusion. Plenty of people confuse West Virginia and Virginia, and how often do we have to correct out-of-staters who refer to us as “Western Virginia?”

It’s a slight annoyance, of course, but one of those interesting facts and pieces of the state’s history that we look back on as West Virginia prepares to celebrate its 150th year of statehood in June.

And we plan on bringing you these bits of the fabric that make up the Mountain State each week in a running series of stories we’re calling “Our Home Among the Hills.”

The title of the series, of course, comes from one of the state’s official songs, “West Virginia Hills.”

Oh, the hills, beautiful hills, How I love those West Virginia hills! If o’er sea o’er land I roam, Still I’ll think of happy home, And my friends among the West Virginia hills.

And how many official state songs does West Virginia have? We’ll give you a hint — more than one, and none of them are “Country Roads.” You’ll have to keeps reading through June to find the answer to that question unless you do a little research on your own.


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