The American Civil War Trails are now documented in a new brochure which features routes through six states, including West Virginia, to attract and guide history buffs to the region and experience the history found in this area. There is also a dedicated website: www.civilwartrails.org
As part of the Civil War Trails, there are a number of museums, historic small towns, plantations, and military cemeteries that can be visited. All of these attractions, including the battlefields, offer informative tours that appeal to tourists with little knowledge of the history.
The trails which run through these states all include interactive stops, as well as self-guided audio tours. Tours by Segway and bus to the areas most affected by the war are also included.
West Virginia is said to be the home of the start of the Civil War. In Harpers Ferry, abolitionist John Brown began a raid, which many consider to be the beginning of the war. Being the origin of the war, West Virginia is rife with history and events pertaining to the Civil War.
The town, which is on the Appalachian Trail, is full of historic buildings. West Virginia is also the only state to be born as a direct result of the Civil War, after it split with Virginia because of its political differences. The state plans several celebrations and remembrance ceremonies beginning this year and lasting for the next few years.
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