"Helvetia, West Virginia" Helvetia by butterflykizzez04

Helvetia Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 32 photos

Welcome to Helvetia, West Virginia

This small Swiss Village was settled in the lush Allegheny Mountains in 1869. Residents of the village work hard at maintaining the traditions and customs of the people who settled there. Helvetia was one of the first districts in the state to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are 10 historic buildings that have been preserved including an original settler's cabin which serves as a museum containing many of the articles used by the original settlers in everyday life.

Local artistian

Enrica Hofer McMillon, a local artisan, is a native of Helvetia, descended from the early Swiss settlers. She has been a fiber artisan for many years, spinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving, and feltmaking (using the traditional wet method), as well as designing and sewing dolls and theatrical costumes. Her latest interest is in the art of needle felting.

Needle felting is a little-known art, in which loose wool is sculpted into form using a sharp, barbed needle.

Enrica creates the remarkable characters shown in the galleries, using only loose wool, a felting needle (and a lot of bandaids). Her work can be seen at the Seneca Gallery in Morgantown, WV, as well as at the studio. Each is an original piece of art - there is no duplication or mass production!

Helvetia originial cemetery

Follow the Buchannon River past the Beekeeper Inn, Cheese Haus, Pottery Shop, and Joe's Wood Shop to the Old Helvetia Cemetery.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lovely Village and Scenic
  • Cons:Nestled in a valley with narrow roads
  • In a nutshell:Great atmospher, nice afternoon, a must for all!
  • Last visit to Helvetia: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 22, 2005
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  • Aug 2, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    saw on Trav Ch It was the most expensive pile of *** I have ever put in my mouth. The chicken looked like it had been cooked in the bile of a cow,16.25 per person. That was the worst meal I have ever had the displeasure of having to choke down my throat.

  • Jun 5, 2009 at 5:02 AM

    The best state parks in the system. Staff most friendly. Has to be the ranger "Kenny". Thank You, Rick

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