West Virginia History | Handmade Crafts

For our Veterans Enjoyment

posted: 40 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

As we pause to recognize our Veterans, MountainMade has selected a few items for their enjoyment.

Scenic Driving West Virginia will help plan a drive around our beautiful state. Visit year-round outdoor-recreational areas, take a white-water raft trip, tour the Hatfield McCoy Trails or visit Civil War Battlefields. All along your route, are sites sure to entertain and educate.

For fun, a chuckle, tall tales or a recipe, find your favorite easy chair or hammock and open Moonshine. Moonshine is a richly illustrated, entertaining history celebrating this “potent potable in all its glory.”

If you are seeking a bit of relaxation, MountainMade features bath and beauty products. Mountain Scent

Products to please and entertain your Veteran

Products to please and entertain your Veteran

has an Almost Heaven massage oil for those tired, aching muscles from years of serving our country.

Congratulations Veterans!

MountainMade allows West Virginia’s Artists to Reach Outside of Rugged Landscape

posted: 43 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

West Virginia is a hidden treasure located within 2.5 hours of several major metropolitan areas.  Geographically, the Appalachian Mountains cut the state off from the East Coast.  Until the development of the interstate highway system, the roads crossing its rugged terrain discouraged visitors.  While the isolation of the mountains has helped to preserve our state’s largely unspoiled natural beauty, heritage and culture, it has also made it difficult for our talented artists and craftspeople to gain access to the best markets in which to sell their work.

Former Park Ranger and accomplished photographer, Gary Hartley, has taken many photos that captuer the stark beauty and depict the natural isolation that the state's rugged landscape creates.

Former Park Ranger and accomplished photographer, Gary Hartley, has taken many photos that captuer the stark beauty and depict the natural isolation that the state's rugged landscape creates.

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History of Glass Making in West Virginia

posted: 43 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  2 Comments ;

Interest in West Virginia glass has been rekindled by artisans updating this craft with new designs, colors and individual flair.

During our state’s history, over 500 factories have manufactured glass in the Mountain State because it offers great quantities of silica sand, stone and other chemical compounds necessary to produce glass and vast reserves of natural gas for fuel. The network of rivers and railroads used to transport raw materials and finished product has made West Virginia an ideal location for all aspects of the industry.

Pictured here from left to right, MountainMade artists Chip Turner of Appalachian Glass is well known for his whimisical Friendship Balls, Lynn Gundry is an accomplished stained glass artist, Blenko Glass Watter Bottles like the Ocean Blue one picture here are very popular, Catherine Miller of Pilgrim Glass demonstrates her fine techniques in glass etching with the Pilgrim Green Vase with Leaves, and Ron Hinkle's Rainbow City Pitcher stands out in any setting.

Pictured here from left to right, MountainMade artists Chip Turner of Appalachian Glass is well known for his whimisical Friendship Balls, Lynn Gundry is an accomplished stained glass artist, Blenko Glass Watter Bottles like the Ocean Blue one picture here are very popular, Catherine Miller of Pilgrim Glass demonstrates her fine techniques in glass etching with the Pilgrim Green Vase with Leaves, and Ron Hinkle's Rainbow City Pitcher stands out in any setting.

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The West Virginia History Of Father’s Day

posted: 46 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  1 Comment ;

Father's Day Church / Monongah Mine Disaster

While Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., is given credit for Father’s Day, history shows that the first Father’s Day celebration occurred in Fairmont, W.Va., on July 5, 1908.

The seeds of a Father’s Day Service were planted on Dec. 6, 1907, when a horrible mine explosion at Monongah, near Fairmont, killed more than 360 men, 210 of whom were fathers, leaving 250 widows and more than 1,000 children grieving.

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