Appalachian Vittles

Appalachian Vittles

Dine-Around

On this eat-your-way-through-the-day tour, you‘ll travel along the Cheat River Scenic Byway watching for rafters and fishermen on the beautiful river valley. Chow down at a WWII museum, in historic homes and buildings, and the first New Deal Homestead, Arthurdale. By day’s end, you‘ll be groaning with pleasure. Your first stop is at historic Arthurdale for pastries. Arthurdale was a pet project of Eleanor Roosevelt and the first New Deal Homestead. Tour the Administration Building, Esso Station, forge, and original homestead house. Have cheese and crackers at Allegheny Treenware. Watch wooden spoons and kitchen utensils being made at following their progress, looking over the shoulders of the craftspeople in this small mom-and-pop factory. Take home a wooden coffee scoop or small flipper and purchase items at wholesale prices. Want to experience a true “hillbilly” store, where you can find anything from tractor parts and hunting gear, to souvenirs, local produce, and groceries, along with a lunch counter and an eclectic collection of caged animals, railroad artifacts, and agricultural implements? Then, you‘ll want to stop at Cool Springs Park for a truly unique experience and a soft serve ice cream cone or pepperoni roll. At the Greatest Generation Museum eat soup and salad. This museum features WWII and B&O Railroad bridge exhibits. Meet WWII heroes and hear their stories. Travel along the spectacular Cheat River Scenic Byway. See the rapids dash over the boulders in the river valley and maybe a kayaker. Have your choice of buckwheat cakes and sausage and/or baked steak dinner at Preston County Inn, a historic home built during the Civil War as a wedding present. Persis McGrew (living history) welcomes you to the home she and her husband, James, built in 1841, at the McGrew House for desserts.

During the Civil War, Persis, McGrew was said to have stood at her door as the Confederate soldiers passed by and prevented them from entering her home. McGrew was one of the founding fathers of the State of West Virginia. Or have dessert at the Bishop House Carriage House. Tour the beautiful and elegant mansion built in 1868 and restored to its original splendor. Or have entertainment and dessert at the Preston Arts Center, featuring the gallery of the Preston County Arts Council juried artisan. Listen to Appalachian music, Bob Shank, on hammered dulcimer, while enjoying dessert. Nap on your way home with pleasantly full bellies.