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Princeton celebrates West Virginia Day early


This coming Tuesday is West Virginia Day. It's a day in which the state celebrates it's birthday. But who wants to celebrate on a Tuesday? The city of Princeton didn't. They held their celebration on Saturday.

June 20th will mark 154 years since West Virginia became a state. So the city of Princeton celebrated the birthday with festivities centered around the Railroad Museum. Event organizer Pat Smith explains why the 'trolley ride through time' is one of the most popular activities. "The big draw, is that we have a trolley, that goes to all of the museums in town. This is the only day of the year that all five museums are open at the same time. You can get off, go visit a museum, catch the trolley on the way back."
Not only did the trolley ride include stops at places like the War Museum and the McNutt House, but also at a little known, yet historic gravesite, that dates back to the Civil War-era. "One of the big parts of the tour is the three graves that are in the middle of Princeton. Most people don't even know about them. They're in a residential area off of North Walker and Center Street."
Over by the railroad and agricultural museums, there were free horse & wagon rides, and a free petting zoo. Kameron Morris and his family enjoyed the variety. "Well we were at the museum at first, and now we're about to ride this pony ride, so it's pretty fun out here today."
Another visitor, Lexi Dickey, explained why she and her friends came out. "Mmm... the fun stuff... (like) the animals and the back-in-the-old-day stuff."

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