Greater Morgantown Public Art Tour

From outdoor sculptures and murals to indoor galleries and venues, Morgantown offers many opportunities for experiencing art for free! This Clio tour explores works of art in the Greater Morgantown area, including Bruceton Mills and Arthurdale.

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Friends of Deckers Creek Mural
The Friends of Deckers Creek mural showcases the beauty of Deckers Creek, a tributary of the Monongahela River, and the efforts of local conservationists to protect this natural resource. The mural was designed by artist and former biologist Michael McDevitt and about 70 volunteers helped it become a reality. The mural is 12 feet by 89 feet and located on the Deckers Creek Rail Trail at mile 0 under the Don Knotts Boulevard bridge and near Hazel Ruby McQuain Park.
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Metamorphosis, Friends of Deckers Creek Mural
Founding Arts in the Park Director and Artist Debora Palmer designed this mural on the back of the Kroger in Sabraton. It is located next to the Friends of Deckers Creek Outdoor Learning Park and along the Deckers Creek Rail Trail. The mural is accessible by walking on the Rail Trail; or, you can park in the back lefthand corner of the Kroger parking lot and follow the trail behind the building.
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Morgantown Glass Museum
The Morgantown Glass Museum showcases Kurt Ly's passion which is home to over 5,000 pieces of glass art. The collection consists of art works that were made by three local companies, the Gentile Glass Company, which operated from 1892 to 1980, Morgantown Glass Company (1899-1971), and Seneca Glass Company (1891-1983). Admission is free and the museum is open by appointment only.
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West Virginia Botanical Garden
Once the 82-acre site of the Tibbs Run Reservoir, West Virginia Botanic Garden, Inc has managed the now 85-acre site since 2000 and has since expanded it to 85 acres. Today the West Virginia Botanica Garden site, in addition to the old water works, features hiking trails, gardens displaying Appalachian flora, wetlands, a pond and a visitor center in an otherwise mostly undisturbed forest area. The site also hosts numerous educational activities such as nature walks, STEAM and nature camps for children, and school programs. The West Virginia Botanical Garden also holds various recreational activities and workshops in areas such as yoga, painting, and gardening.
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Coopers Rock State Forest
Coopers Rock State Forest is named after a fugitive cooper who is said to have hid from the law near the lookout at Coopers Rock. The state forest spans across 12,713 acres in Monongalia and Preston Counties. Coopers Rock State Forest is very popular for camping, climbing, hiking, hunting and picnics. The famous overlook offers panoramic views of the gorge and Cheat River below, and houses historical artifacts from West Virginia's iron industry.
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A Sleeping Giant eco-sculpture, Coopers Rock State Forest
A unique "eco-sculpture" created by WVU art student Ben Gazsi is on display at Coopers Rock State Forest. Created using twigs, grass, mud, moss, and other natural materials, the "Sleeping Giant" sculpture was unveiled on Earth Day, April 22, 2012, near the Coopers Rock picnic area.
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Old Hemlock Foundation
The Old Hemlock Foundation maintains 232 acres of real estate situation on the Brandonville Pike in Preston County, West Virginia, which is known as “Old Hemlock.” Old Hemlock was the home of George Bird and Kathryn Harris Evans. George was a noted artist, author, outdoors-man, and dog breeder and Kay co-authored and edited books. The property contains virgin hemlock trees and is to be maintained in its natural state as a nature and wildlife preserve. The house located on Old Hemlock was built in about 1812 and is the oldest resident in its state of preservation in Preston County.
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New Deal Homestead Museum
Welcome to Arthurdale, the nation’s first New Deal homestead subsistence project championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The first homesteaders arrived in 1934 and each property was 2 – 5 acres in size to allow the families to raise food and livestock. Modern amenities not commonly available around the country at that time – electricity, indoor plumbing, and a refrigerator – were provided to all 165 homes constructed by the federal government as a way to help families during the Great Depression. This ground-breaking project’s public buildings have been restored by residents who appreciated this second chance at life and knew the value of preserving it. A five-building museum is now open to the public year-round to tell the special story of the First Lady’s legacy.
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Arthurdale Heritage
Arthurdale in Preston County, WV was the first of 99 communities built during the Great Depression as part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. Eleanor Roosevelt had visited coal camps outside of Morgantown, WV and saw the terrible circumstances that the people were living in. Because the government had passed the Homestead Subsistence Act, Eleanor suggested building the first community nearby to help families like those she had seen.

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