Exploring the Ruins of Dun Glen w/ West Virginia Explorer
Dave Sibray is the publisher of West Virginia Explorer, the chief guide to travel and history in West Virginia since 1999. This week The Folkway and West Virginia Explorer teamed up to explore the ruins of the ghost town of Dun Glen, a small mining settlement atop a mountain deep in the New River Gorge just outside of Thurmond.
Named after the famous Dun Glen Hotel, this mining community was home to roughly 20 families and included a small company store. Little is left of this small community aside from a few erected chimneys, scattered metal wash bins, piles of cut stone, and a lone stone structure rooted in the ground. Like many old mining towns in the Mountain State, Dun Glen is a mere shadow of what it used to be, a lost city with history long forgotten.
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Let us know what you have done or would like to do in West Virginia, comment so we can share our adventures together. And until next time...let the next adventure begin.
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