We’re proud to serve the Huntington, West Virginia area, which is just a short drive from Charleston and Barboursville. Huntington is well known as the home of Marshall University, and it offers a wide variety of events and activities year-round. Whether you’re a student looking for the next local hot spot or you simply want to explore the community with your family, there’s something for everyone in Huntington, WV.
Founded by Collis P. Huntington, the area around Huntington was first settled by Europeans in the late eighteenth century. Collis Huntington was well known as a railroad tycoon, and the city of Huntington was built as a hub for the Central Pacific Railroad, part of the first US transcontinental railroad. Officially incorporated in 1871, the city grew rapidly following the Civil War and the Second World War. Marshall University, which was founded in 1837, is one of the key organizations in the area, and it served as the basis for the 2006 film “We Are Marshall.”
Huntington is located on the Ohio River and at the mouth of the Guyandotte River, and its also near the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Natural landmarks include things like Harris Riverfront Park and Ritter Park, while other landmarks include the Marshall campus and Pullman Square. Ritter Park in particular is popular in the fall, and there are several walking paths, picnic areas, a rose garden, tennis courts, and more. You can spend the entire day walking around downtown Huntington or visiting one of many local parks.
Things to do
First, check out the Heritage Farm Museum and Village. Learn more about farm life and local history while exploring this site’s unique exhibits.
Art lovers should stop by the Huntington Museum of Art. It features a permanent collection of more than 16,000 objects, as well as two outdoor sculpture courts, five studio workshops, two miles of hiking trails. It also boasts the state’s only tropical and subtropical plant conservatory.
There are also a variety of local events as well. This includes the Huntington Music and Arts Festival at the Ritter Park Amphitheater in August, Funktafest in September, the Huntington Pride Festival in June, and the Rails & Ales Craft Beer Festival in early August.
Contact us at Charleston Mitsubishi for more fun sites to explore. We’ll be happy to share our recommendations.