Massachusetts Congressman Eli Thayer founded Ceredo in 1857. Thayer traveled through southern states for the sole purpose of choosing land for a new city, one in which he and other abolitionists would live, work, become leaders and join nearby northern states in the fight against slavery. He chose a tract of land in the fertile Ohio River Valley and named the new town Ceredo, after Ceres, Goddess of Grain and Harvest. Ceredo is proud to co-host one of the premier West Virginia fall festivals.
Kenova, a small river city founded in 1889, is named for the three states that converge there--Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia--and is located at the western-most point in West Virginia and the juncture of Big Sandy and Ohio Rivers. During the 20th century more coal was transported through Kenova than any other city in the world. Kenova tragically was the location of the Marshall University football team plane crash in 1970. The story was documented in the 2006 Warner Brothers movie “We Are Marshall”. Kenova is home to the Pumpkin House, one of the best loved tourist attractions of West Virginia.
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