Introduction to Elkins, West Virginia
In 1890, the present day Elkins was developed by Senator Stephen B. Elkins and Senator Henry Gassaway Davis. In fact, it was also named after Stephen Benton Elkins. It became the county seat of Randolph County in 1899. The West Virginia Central and Pittsburgh Railway first entered the area in the late 1890s. Elkins experienced the passenger train service in 1905 when the railroad was merged into the Western Maryland Railway.
Elkins and nearby Attractions
- Tygart Valley Mall Shopping Center
- Monongahela National Forest
- Cranberry Glades Botanical Area
- Barbour County Historical Society Museum
- Blackwater Falls State Park
Things To Do In Elkins
Elkins is home to Monongahela National Forest that offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. History buffs should visit the Halliehurst and Barbour County Historical Society Museum. The Tygart Valley Mall Shopping Center is the local shopping destination. The Blackwater Falls State Park, Cranberry Glades Botanical Area, and Audra State Park are nearby. Local celebrations include Augusta Heritage Festival, Pickin' in the Park, Mountain State Forest Festival, and Randolph County International Ramp Cookoff and Festival.
Harrison/ Marion Regional Airport is less than half an hour's drive away.
Elkins Higher Education
Davis and Elkins College is the local higher education institution. Fairmont State College, James Madison University, and West Virginia University also provide facilities for higher education.