In contrast to the bustling atmosphere of Wheeling, this discovery room focuses on rural West Virginia and life on a family farm. In the rugged Appalachian Mountains, many immigrants found homes that reminded them of the countries they left. One such town, Helvetia, was settled by Swiss and German immigrants. To this day, the townspeople maintain many of the town’s early customs.
Some of the highlights of this discovery room are the farm tools used in West Virginia’s agricultural industry. Check out the kettle for making apple butter, the corn sheller and the butter churn. You’ll also learn more about the state’s agricultural heritage and about the early 4-H and Home Demonstration clubs.
Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees