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Old 05-10-2018, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by mensaguy View Post
I think there are also good hospitals in ... the Eastern Panhandle. Somebody closer to those areas can give a better opinion.
I'm in the Harpers Ferry / Charles Town area. I was told it's better to go to Frederick MD (:35 away) or Winchester VA (:45 away) for any advanced health care.
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Old 10-31-2018, 09:38 AM
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Only concern of Parkersburg is MOV Crud. Its a valley. Theres sinus problems and cancer. A lot of both. Water went poison a bit ago, too. Shopping? Depends what you want, which might be more city centered: Huntington or Morgantown. Fishing? Eat or throw back? Eat? Not the Ohio River. Go ponds or creeks. Volunteer? A lot of veteran medical services, a lot of church programs, a ton of drug rehab, a lot of pain to be remedied. There might be more to do in a bigger city, but if you want a more isolated life with to0 notch healthcare? P-burg teamed up with wvu medicine. And marietta oh is GREAT from fam experience. Usually lab work is back same day! Specialists are a drive away depending on what you need beyond the basics.
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:45 PM
Location: Central WV
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Default Why we chose West Virginia

Originally Posted by Jude24 View Post
My wife and I will retire before long, and have always wanted to live in the Appalachian area. We have traveled some in GA, TN, NC, SC, and a little in WV. I have kind of had my heart set on Northeastern TN, but the more I look at some of the mountain towns of WV, I am wondering if I should reconsider. We want to live in a high enough elevation to avoid too long of periods of hot/humid summers, and we want to be within a reasonable distance of a larger city with a good sized airport. I am thinking about a place like Bethlehem or something similar.

I would really appreciate some honest opinions about this. We are in good health and enjoy people from every walk of life. I have had a few different professions and I will certainly want to find some type of job or volunteer work. I am not a fanatic about it, but I like to fish and work on my old truck. My wife likes to shop and talk.

A little help?
I spent several years researching our last move from Ramona, CA which was once rural, in '95 not so much anymore.
Tired of being anywhere likely to being overrun in the future and a little hungry for experiencing 4 seasons again having been born in northern Indiana.

After much research looking for the things that we most wanted in retirement, the final two were Nevada and West Virginia.
Nevada got nixed since any well you drilled on your property would be assumed by the state if it didn't poison you, West Virginia at that time (mid-late 90s) had numerous properties with either mineral rights (fewer) or gas rights for domestic use.
We found the latter and bought first, 68 3/4 acres then an adjacent 50 with and old house we could use until we built a new one on the first parcel.
We don't need that much land to guarantee privacy but property taxes are very reasonable with our annual burden ~$1000/year and very stingy county commissioners who also hate high taxes.
Heating costs due to the free gas, are zero and electricity is still under $0.10/KWh

Now, in our 18th year, the only flaw we found was the frequent absence of reliable ground water for wells but we added a second plumbing system and collect rain water for bathing and flushing, using the low-yielding but good well for drinking and cooking.

Our area is blessed to have a local journalist (and friend of mine) Bob Weaver, who posts the Hur Herlad on line with local and non-local news, smart and sometimes witty commentary.
It's a great place to get a feel of our rural life here.

[url=http://www.hurherald.com/]Calhoun County West Virginia News - Hur Herald[/url]
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:14 PM
Location: Ventura County, CA
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Thank you for the input. We have decided to delay our move for a little while and take a few more visits before we decide. Right now we are looking more at Western North Carolina, but still not decided. We toured Southwestern Virginia and have about ruled that out. It is beautiful, but we cannot find find quite what we are looking for. North Carolina is very friendly to retirees, much more than West Virginia. We have now set a deadline that we will make out move within the next two years. So far, Western NC is leading the rest, but we will see.
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Old 01-20-2019, 11:13 AM
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I wouldn't rule out NE TN, either.
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Old Today, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by 304eer View Post
As others have said, Lewisburg or Elkins would likely best fit what you're looking for. Potentially Fayetteville or Summersville as well. If you're looking for somewhere a little bigger, Morgantown or Charleston would be your best options.

You mentioned Bethlehem? As in the Wheeling suburb? That's not really "Appalachia". That's more northern Ohio/western PA rust belt.
Bethlehem is a purely suburban small town, literally surrounded by Wheeling. In and of itself, it has no rust best characteristics. Basically it is just a lot of houses and some shops. It is the best of Ohio County, and although the City of Wheeling has seen much better days, the area still has the best municipal park system in the world. Bethlehem is in Appalachian foothills, similar to Charleston, but it has the advantage of being less than an hour from an International Airport, and from the sorts of shopping and dining options found in a large city. All of West Virginia, eastern Ohio, and southwest Pennsylvania are Appalachian, but there are different forms of that definition, and different versions of urban in the cities found there too.

Morgantown is about 7 miles from actual mountains and the stunningly gorgeous Cheat River Canyon. None of the other principal cities in our state fit that character, and that includes my native Wheeling and Charleston as well. The small city of Elkins is actually the closest to real mountains.

You should ask yourself if you want more of a northern Appy, a central Appy, or a southern Appy character because those differences do exist in the areas you are looking at, and even within West Virginia itself. Every part of our state has lovely areas, but much of southern West Virginia has been devastated by strip mining. Being that you are retired, educational options likely don't hold much significance for you.
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