Civil War Trails

Liz Beavers
Mineral Daily News-Tribune

For the News Tribune

KEYSER - Mineral County Tourism is excited to announce that Mineral County is joining Civil War Trails, a multi-state travel and tourism program.

The site will be located on the Potomac State College campus in Keyser. Mineral County Tourism has sponsored the sign which tells the story of Fort Fuller, the fort named after Illinois Adjutant General Allen C. Fuller. The sign will be located next to the Mary F. Shipper Library on the Potomac State College campus, 101 Fort Ave. Keyser.

Civil War Trails Inc. is a non-profit founded in 1994 offering more than 1,200 sites in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. Civil War Trails delivers economic development by the carload every day. Interest in historic sites continues to grow at a rate exceeding the national average. Interest in history continues to grow, especially among foodies, beer, and recreational travelers.

Civil War Trails is seeing above average requests for brochures. They have redesigned brochures and have launched a new GPS based digital, interactive map on their website for visitors.

Mineral County Tourism is excited to announce the installation of the Civil War Trails sign. This project was a collaboration between Tourism, the Mineral County Historical Society, and Potomac State College. The groups came together as a community to tell the history of the fort, as well as to share stories that may not have been heard.

This sign will not celebrate, commemorate, or memorialize. Instead, it will allow us to interpret the events, people, and stories during the most pivotal time in America’s history from right here in our own back yard. “West Virginia’s statehood is a direct result of the Civil War, which makes our many trails, battlefields and reenactments an important part of our tourism industry,” West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby said. “We continue to see interest from visitors looking to experience our rich history, and thanks to this new signage, we will be able to drive more traffic to and promote Mineral County.”

Mineral County commissioner and vice president of Mineral County Tourism Dr. Richard Lechliter said, “Mineral County is pleased to welcome Civil War Trails to our county, spotlighting historic sites important to the beginnings of our community and our cultural background.”

Civil War Trails has become the gateway to other authentic experiences. When visitors enter the county, not only will they experience this sign, but they will also discover everything Mineral County has to offer. Executive director of Mineral County Tourism, Ashley Centofonti said, “We want people to come eat at our restaurants, stay the night in our hotels, and experience our history and outdoor recreation. Bringing these visitors in and having them come back will create economic development. Tourist dollars would contribute to tax revenues and income for our county.”

More information can be obtained by contacting Mineral County Tourism at 304-790-7081 or by email at