- Start: Beckley, WV
- End: Beckley, WV
- Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:31
- Total Mileage: 51 Miles
- Number of stops: 3
Surely the Appalachian Mountains had some influence over those things typically considered "West Virginian." The region was for centuries only barely accessible. Many a colonial frontiersman who sought the freedom of the west found safe and reclusive haven in the mountains. By the late 18th century, the settlers' determination to live self-reliant, unfettered lives gave rise to a host of industries and crafts including milling, logging, coal mining, gun- and blacksmithing, boat building, and powder-making. Artisans passed their skills on to their children and apprentices so that over generations a tradition of virtuoso craftsmanship took hold in the central and southern West Virginia crucible. The Appalachian Crafts tour will give you a taste of West Virginia's rich craftmaking tradition.