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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Birthday West Virginia!

Today is West Virginia Day.
She is 146 years old.
We were born out of the turmoil of the Civil War and we officially became a state on June 20, 1863. She is a grand old lady.

When I count my blessings, one blessing is that I live in West Virginia.

Some still refer to us as Virginia. When I say I'm from West Virginia, some say "Oh, I know someone from Richmond," or some other Virginia town.

Has this ever happened to you? (of course, I ask this question to my other fellow WV bloggers)
I have nothing against Virginia, she is our mother state. I love Virginia, but I live in West Virginia.

I've traveled this week and I've went to places within her boundary that I've never traveled to before and I will post about it later.
Today I wish her happy birthday.

West Virginia Hills

Oh, the West Virginia hills!
How majestic and how grand,
With their summits bathed in glory,
Like our Prince Immanuel's Land!
Is it any wonder then,

That my heart with rapture thrills,

As I stand once more with loved ones

On those West Virginia hills?


Oh, the hills, beautiful hills.

How I love those West Virginia hills!

If o'er sea o'er land I roam,

Still I think of happy home,

And my friends among the West Virginia hills.

Oh, the West Virginia hills!
Where my childhood hours were passed,
Where I often wandered lonely,
And the future tried to cast;
Many are our visions bright,
Which the future ne'er fulfills;
But how sunny were my daydreams
On those West Virginia hills!


Oh the West Virginia hills!
How unchang'd they seem to stand,
With their summits pointed skyward
To the Great Almighty's Land!
Many changes I can see,
Which my heart with sadness fills;
But no changes can be noticed
In those West Virginia hills.


Oh, the West Virginia hills!
I must bid you now adieu.
In my home beyond the mountains
I shall ever dream of you;
In the evening time of life,
If my Father only wills,
I shall still behold the vision
Of those West Virginia hills.


Come take a look, you won't be sorry. Come and

join me in wishing West Virginia a happy birthday!


  1. It is a place I hope to visit someday! I hear she's awesome!

  2. Well, Jan, you know I love the West Virginia's home to me. Glad you had a good vacation. Welcome home.

  3. A lovely tribute to your beloved state!

  4. I wouldn't want to be any other place...It is awesome.

  5. Janet,

    I have traveled through Virginia, but have never visited West Virginia. We had planned to in 2005 but car troubles send us the opposite direction. One day I hope to see her beauty.


  6. Our family is originally from Harrisonburg, VA, Rockingham County to be exact, but I LOVE me some West Virginia too. That's why I like going to visit Sister S there. I've been to the Apple Butter Festival in Berkeley Springs a few times and loved every minute of it. xxoo

    And yes, I am always correcting people down here in SC. I wonder if you would like it if I referred to SC as NC? Same thing, huh?

  8. Janet: A beautiful state with some neat history. Happy Birthday to all who live there.


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