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.
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.
Arthurdale Heritage Center
Arthurdale Heritage Incorporated, the operating organization behind the Arthurdale Heritage Center, has been working to preserve and interpret the history surrounding the New Deal-era planned community of Arthurdale, West Virginia since 1984. Built in 1933 under the direct personal guidance of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Arthurdale was the first of 99 such towns that the federal government constructed throughout the Great Depression for economically distressed areas across the nation. The site is also noteworthy for its connections to prior owners like John Fairfax, William Brown, and Richard Arthur (namesake of Arthurdale) who were prominent figures in local, state, and national affairs. When local residents formed Arthurdale Heritage Incorporated after its 50th anniversary, however, the New Deal-era structures were the focus of preservations efforts from the beginning. Arthurdale Heritage has since rehabilitated and preserved nearly all of the original 165 homes and currently operates a five-building museum on the site, which is open year-round from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday. They also offer a number of special events, including an annual New Deal Festival.