West Virginia Penitentiary
Built in the 1860’s, this gothic-style building housed some of the worst criminals in West Virginia’s history. After the prison closed in 1995, the building was turned into a historic site which welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Take a day tour and get the history of this enormous structure or stay overnight to investigate the paranormal.
Grand Vue Park
One of West Virginia’s best kept secrets, the park boasts outdoor activities like ziplines and aerial ropes courses, beautiful cabins and their luxurious Treetop Villas, a quality resteraunt, an ice cream shop, and a scenic overlook over Moundsville. Grand Vue Park is also home to numerous shelters and venues for events. Open year-round, the park offers an adventure for the whole family!
Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold
Swami Baktupad came to the United States in the early 1960’s to bring his visions to the hills of West Virginia. Forming the community of New Vridaban, his devottees set to build him this beautiful, gold embellished palace as their labor of love. Now the community sprawls over a thousand acres with peacocks roaming the grounds, an award winning rose garden, a cow sanctuary, cabins and a lodge, and a vegetarian restaurant.
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex
The Grave Creek Mound is Moundsville’s namesake, with history going back over 2,000 years. The Adena Indians lived in the present day Upper Ohio Valley, building similar burial mounds along the Ohio River. We know little about these mound-builders, but what we do know is on display here at the Delf Norona Museum. The building now houses the state’s archaeological complex with thousands of artifacts from across West Virginia.
Samuel A.J. Cockayne was a WWII Veteran and led a very secluded life. His family had owned most of the land in present day Glen Dale, WV and became fairly wealthy breeding Merino sheep. After Sam’s passing in 2001, the Cockayne Farmstead was given to the City of Glen Dale who reached out to the Marshall County Historical Society in order to preserve the home as a historical landmark. Little did they know that the house was a time-capsule, “Frozen In Time”. The home is now open to the public for tours.
Fostoria Glass Museum
The Fostoria Glass Factory opened in Fostoria, OH in 1887, moving to Moundsville, WV in 1891. After moving they built a reputation as one of the finest glass manufacturers in the U.S. With over 1,000 different patterns over the course of it’s history, Fostoria quickly became a household name. After the factory closed in 1987, the Fostoria Glass Society was formed to preserve the history of the manufacturer. This included the formation of the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville. The museum boasts thousands of pieces of glass on display for visitors to see on their tours, and even a few small pieces for purchase.