Clarksburg, also called the "Jewel of the Hills", is a city of 16,743 people in West Virginia. Established in 1785, it was named for General George Rogers Clark, an important military leader in the Revolutionary War and the brother of William Clark, who was half of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It was the birthplace of Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and today is part of the I-79 Technology Corridor. Despite being a relatively large city for West Virginia, it has the second-lowest crime rate in the state, and one of the lowest in the nation.
Clarksburg has a fairly large population descended from Italian immigrants, many of whom came to the area to work in the coal mines and the glass factories. Along with the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, you'll also find a number of really good Italian restaurants in town.
Clarksburg is at the intersection of US-50, between Parkersburg in the west and Grafton in the east, and US-19, between Fairmont in the north and Weston in the south. Clarksburg is just west of I-79 (exit 119); Bridgeport is just east of the interstate.
There is one airport serving Clarksburg:
North Central Regional Airport (CKB), 2000 Aviation Way, 304-842-3400. Daily flights to Dulles Airport, Virginia.
Central West Virginia Transit Authority, 208 N 4th Street, 304-623-6002, . Bus service for Harrison County, covering Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Shinnston, Adamston, Anmoore, Despard, Hartland, Northview, Nutter Fort / Stonewood, Stealey, West Milford and Wolf Summit / Salem. Fares $0.50 - $1.
Tom's Central Taxi, 528 Philippi Pike, 304-622-0590.
The downtown Clarksburg historic district includes hotels (the Waldo Hotel), homes (the Waldomore, at the corner of 4th and Pike, as well as the Nathan Goff Jr House and the Stealey-Goff-Vance House on Main Street), an art deco courthouse and more. A plaque at 324 W Main Street now marks the site of Stonewall Jackson's former home site, and there's a statue of him astride a horse in the Harrison County Courthouse Plaza.
Ten Mile Creek Covered Bridge, Marshville - Camp Rock Road off US-50 (exit 5). A 58-foot-long covered bridge over Ten Mile Creek, built in 1891 and restored in 2002.
Watters Smith Memorial State Park, Duck Creek Road in Lost Creek (exit 110 off I-79), 304-745-3081, . A farm from the late 1700s, complete with an 1876 home turned into a museum, a reconstructed log cabin. Guided tours available from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Visitors can also go swimming, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Mountaineer Ghosts Paranormal Investigators, . The first paranormal investigators in north-central West Virginia, since 2000. Guided paranormal tours available to the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville.
Ten Mile Creek Covered Bridge. Marshville - Camp Rock Road off US-50 (exit 5). A 58-foot-long covered bridge over Ten Mile Creek, built in 1891 and restored in 2002. edit
* Watters Smith Memorial State Park, Duck Creek Road in Lost Creek (exit 110 off I-79), 304-745-3081, . A farm from the late 1700s, complete with an 1876 home turned into a museum, a reconstructed log cabin. Guided tours available from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Visitors can also go swimming, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Scottish Festival & Celtic Gathering, . Held the first weekend in May. Bagpipe and drumming competitions, kilted golf outing, dog and sheep herding exhibits, harp workshops, historical presentations, Scottish vendors, food, live music and dancing.
Greek Food Festival, 1010 Factory Street at the St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, 304-624-5331. Held in early June. Greek food, music and dance.
Greater Clarksburg 10K Race, 10K starts at 8:30am on Main Street, followed by the 2 mile race and the Kids K. Information: 304-624-4100 or visit their web site at www.greaterclarksburg10k.org
Glen Elk Wine, Music and Arts Festival, 2-day street festival with local wineries, free live entertainment, covered wagon rides and crafters. Held in the historic Hlen Elk Village district. Information: 304-622-0711.
West Virginia Blackberry Festival, Clarksburg city park on WV-20 in Nutter Fort, . Held the first weekend in August since 1996. Blackberry pie and cobbler baking contest, food vendors, handmade crafts, golf tournament, talent contest, parades, carnival, live entertainment, fireworks. Lots of blackberry desserts available.
Jesus Fest, Food, free movies, music, speakers, entertainment, and children's entertainment. Located at the new amphitheater at city's Veteran's Memorial Park. Information: 304-623-1362 or visit their web site at www.jesusfestwv.org
National Pasta Cookoff, This pre-WV Italian Heritage Festival event is held at the new Jackson Square Parking 6 Event Facility on W. Pike Street in downtown and is open to amateur and professional cooks. Entertainment, hot pepper eating contest and other activities thru-out the day. Sponsored by the WVIHF. Information: 304-622-7314
West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, 340 W Main Street, 304-622-7314, . Held each Labor Day weekend since 1979. Pasta cookoff, hot pepper eating contest, homemade wine contest, bocce and chess tournaments, traditional Italian music and dancing, 5K run, festival ball, parade, live entertainment. Rated one of the top 100 events in North America.
West Virginia Black Heritage Festival, uptown Clarksburg, 304-623-2335. Held the second weekend of September. Celebrating black history with music, artists, soul food, a gospel sing, a youth showcase and speakers. Call 304-623-2335.
Salem Applebutter Festival, Many fraternal and non-profit groups vie for the best applebutter award. On-going entertainment, talent show, beauty pageant, arts & crafts and food and applebutter in abundance. Also a 5K run will take place. Information: 304-782-1518.
Clarksburg Christmas Parade. Held on Friday the full week after Thanksgiving. Parade with bands and floats.
The Clarksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau is located at 208 Court Street [beside the Harrison County Courthouse on Main Street, 304-622-2157. TOLL FREE #877-622-2157. Visit them on-line at http://www.cityofclarksburgwv.com, click on Visitors Bureau.
The local newspaper is the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram, 304-626-1400 or 800-982-6034, . Now one morning edition.
Greenbrier Restaurant, 200 Buckhannon Pike, 304-624-5518, . Open daily 11 am to 11 pm. Owned by two Italian sisters who learned to make pasta from their mother. Soups, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, beef, poultry, seafood, homemade and baked Italian specialties. Try the fried meatballs for $1. $4.50 - $40.
Julio's Restaurant, 501 Baltimore Avenue, 304-622-2592. Italian and continental cuisine. Try the crab cakes. $20 - $30.
Minard's Spaghetti Inn, 813 East Pike Street, 304-623-1711. Very popular local restaurant serving baked pasta, spaghetti, steak, seafood, salads, Italian specialties. Try the spaghetti with meatballs and their house salad.
Ritzy Lunch, 456 W Pike Street, 304-622-3600. Serving local favorite hot dogs since 1933. Try them topped with chili and slaw.
Sutton Inn, 250 Emily Drive, 304-623-2600. 113 rooms. Situated next to East Pointe shopping mall. Complimentary newspaper. $45 - $55.
Hilton Garden Inn, 606 Emily Drive (Newpointe Shopping Center beside Walmart; exit 117 of I79), ☎ 304-326-9200. Full service restuarant; king rooms with Sleep Number beds; indoor pool and fitness room; Business Center; meeting rooms; local area transportation.edit
Days Inn & Suites, 112 Tolley Drive (Exit 119 off I79; turn east on Rt 50; left at light at Lodgeville Rd; left on Tolley Drive), ☎ 304-842-7371. 38 suites with complete kitchenettes added in 2003. Free deluxe continental breakfast daily; free high-speed internet access in all suites; heated indoor pool. Large conference facility.edit
Sleep Inn, 115 Tolley Drive (Exit 119 of I79; east on Rt. 50, let at light onto Lodgeville Road; left on Tolley Drive), ☎ 304-842-1919. Free continental breakfast; free cable TV and HBO, desks with data phones; guest laundry; high speed internet; Pets permitted.edit
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