Wolf Creek Park History Needed

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A team of historians from West Virginia State University is seeking historical information about the Wolf Creek plateau area, particularly the 1,000 acre development area located east of Rt. 16 between Fayetteville and Oak Hill in Fayette County, West Virginia known as Wolf Creek Park.  The team is conducting a research project and field survey to understand the historical uses of the property and document interesting qualities and features.

Historically, this plateau area supported farm communities, so stories and information about farm families, agricultural methods, and farm organizations are of great interest.  The area was also owned and mined by the Berwind Coal Company, and many folks in the Wolf Creek area likely worked in the coal mines or were connected to mining one way or the other.  The team hopes to hear their stories and learn more about how the plateau was impacted by mining.

If you have information, pictures, or stories to share about Wolf Creek Park, please contact Michael E. Workman at mworkman2@wvstateu.edu, or the National Coal Heritage Area Authority at 304-465-3720.

Wolf Creek Park is a mixed-use development for housing, business development, and outdoor recreation for the New River Gorge region. The West Virginia State University team is seeking informants to interview and learn more about the Wolf Creek area, to be developed into a report that will help guide the continued development and management of the area.

This historical study is funded in part by the National Coal Heritage Area Authority, which preserves, protects, and interprets lands, structures, and communities associated with the coal mining heritage of southern West Virginia. The study is overseen by the New River Gorge Trail Alliance, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create a regional trail system, and has acquired funding to build new trails in Wolf Creek Park. More information about these organizations is available at www.coalheritage.org and www.nrgta.org.

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