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JUN 2017

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4 8 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E The new 2,500-seat Monongalia County Ballpark, which opened in 2015, is home to the minor league West Virginia Black Bears and the WVU Mountaineers baseball teams. On campus, the WVU Art Museum is "wonderful" and another popular stop with groups, said Kay Fanok, the CVB's assistant executive director. One of the museum's current exhibitions, on display through October, features the work of street artist and activist Shepard Fairey. Visitors are now adding a new stop in downtown: At the Metropolitan Theatre, they see a new statue of Don Knotts that was unveiled in July. Knotts is Morgantown's famous native son and WVU alumnus and was best known for his role as Barney Fife in "The Andy Griffith Show." The Met is home to the Morgantown Community Orchestra, and the West Virginia Public Theater partners with the WVU College of Creative Arts to put on musicals and plays. One of Morgantown's most popular attractions is its pub- lic transit. The Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system Photos courtesy Greenbrier Co. CVB A CHARMING BACK ROAD IN GREENBRIER COUNTY CYCLING IN RURAL WEST VIRGINIA first started running in 1975 as a government-funded pilot program. The system connects WVU's three campuses and the downtown area, and individual passenger cars that look like small buses run on dedicated tracks powered by electrified rails. Visitors often like to ride the system and learn about its history and engineering, Fanok said. W W W.T OU R MO RG A N T O W N .C OM L O G A N C O U N T Y The Hatfield-McCoy feud has today become entrenched in American folklore. William Anderson Hatfield, known as Devil Anse Hatfield, was the patriarch of the Hatfield clan during the feud, but he managed to survive it and even helped end it in 1891. The Hatfield McCoy Convention and Visitors Bureau, which promotes Logan County and its three main cities — Chapmanville, Logan and Man — offers a self- guided driving tour map that highlights the significant stops pertaining to the feud, said CVB executive director Debrina Williams. "The Devil is buried in Logan County," she said, and visitors like to swing by his gravesite, which is marked by a marble statue. Although not the cause of the feud, both the Hatfield and McCoy families were known to make and sell illegal moonshine, and visitors can get a taste of that history today. The now legal Hatfield and McCoy Moonshine Distillery is owned by Chad and Amber Bishop, and Amber is a "direct descendant of Devil Anse Hatfield, so they claim that is Devil Anse's recipe," Williams said. Groups can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery, sample the 'shine and browse the gift shop. One could argue that West Virginia is known for two things: moonshine and music. Every Friday and Saturday night at Chief Logan State Park, audiences gather for Pickin' in the Park. Local musicians get together to jam at an old horse stable that was converted into a music venue, where they can hear some classic country, gospel and bluegrass, as well as take part in a downhome hoedown.

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