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Discussion - West Virginia Profile

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Logan ( Morgantown WV)
6th April 2013
I agree with most of the comments but where i am from people still dont claim to be a northen state nor do they claim to part of the south really. The people claim to simply be Appalachian. Coal miners, farmers and when you go towards the cities people are typically educated and have very good jobs.
Lee (Charleston)
25th October 2011
Actually West Virginian's did not overwhelmingly vote to break away from Virginia to join the north. That is a long standing inaccuracy. West Virginia was created by Presidential Proclamation not by popular vote. During the vote for statehood, most counties elected to remain with Virginia. Counties in the Eastern Panhandle were not permitted to vote at all. I never understand why people don't think West Virginia is part of the south. It has always been part of the south. It was part of Virginia which was a southern colony and a southern state. West Virginia was part of the Confederacy until June of 1863 and was also the last state to enter the Union as a slave state. I believe it is primarily the residents of Northern West Virginia who don't want to be considered southern and that is certainly alright. A visitor once told me he imagined an invisible line across West Virginia which divides it into North and South. I believe that to be true. I happen to be from southern West Virginia where no one would mistake us for northerners. In fact, I once stopped at an eatery in Morgantown where the waitress asked "and what part of the south are you from", I felt kind of silly saying "West Virginia", because I didn't wish to embarrass her, but I did not know what else to say!
15th February 2011
What an ignorant post...many West Virginians are highly successful and educated. Those who have visited the state know the stereotypes are NOT true.
Proud to be a West Virginia
21st September 2010
I am the product of the marriage of a Northern West Virginian and a Southern West Virginian. During the Civil War there were three brothers in Penalton County in western Virginia. One fought for the north, one fought for the south, and one stayed home to continue farming. I am the product of a decendant of the Northern Simmons (my mother) and a decendent of the Southern Simmons (my father). Both parents can trace their family tree back to the three Simmon brothers. No, they did not find out about the family connection until after my sister and I were born. It was several generation later by the time I was born. It just depends on where in West Virginia you are from as to where your loyalities lie.
10th August 2010
West Virgina IS in the south!
I've never been to a place better than WV
Joyce Church (Greenbrier County)
2nd August 2008
While West Virginia was formed during the Civil War, West Virginians fought for both the North and the South. Some were also deserters stating that this was not their war.

Greenbrier County is the home of the beautiful Greenbrier Hotel which was known as the White House of the South at one point in its history.

West Virginia known as Little Switzerland is beautiful, the people friendly and welcoming.

Billy Bob (Harpers Ferry, WV)
22nd June 2008
Hey Erich... I may be from WV but at least I know how to correctly spell seceded
Chip (West Virginia)
18th April 2008
You can go to West Virginia and find

1. Southern Hospitality
2. Southern Climate
3. Southern Dialect
4. We're part of the Bible Belt (Which is traditionally Southern)
5. Historically 1/2 to 3/4 of soldiers from West Virginia fought for the Confederacy and it's been proven that a large amount of Western Virginians were not fairly represented when it was decided that we would become a state....

By the way, it depends a lot on what part of the state you're from. I'm from the southern end and consider myself a Southerner. However there would probably be a difference of opinion for someone from the northern end of the state. Kentucky, which is also a border state, has many southern attributes to it, and is usually considered southern, however, Northern Kentucky has more of an affinity towards the North and MidWest. That doesn't mean that state is any more or less southern, same for West Virginia.....
Bud Thoman (Ball, Louisiana)
27th January 2008
West Virginia is not a Southern state !!!! Please resume taking your medicine....People from West Virginia are yankees.

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