The smell of gun smoke and cook fires will permeate the mountain air as Civil War reenactors relive battles and camp life during the West Virginia Days Celebration at Canaan Valley Resort June 17-19.

“Guests will enjoy taking a walk into our past and witnessing how soldiers fought and lived during the Civil War,” said Sam England, general manager of Canaan Valley Resort. “There will be a variety of additional activities for kids and families to enjoy, like live music, field games, food vendors, an Irish Road Bowling contest, and more.”

England noted that Civil War reenactment units, to include the Barbour Grays from Philippi, WV, West Virginia 3rd Calvary Company "C", the 140th Volunteers from Green County, PA, and the West Virginia Light Artillery, will bring history to life throughout the weekend. Guests will witness a “living” Civil War encampment with both men and women in period dress going about their daily chores interspersed with exciting live battlefield skirmishes.

Live battle skirmishes will take place at noon and 5:30pm on Saturday and noon on Sunday. The encampment will be open on Friday, June 17 from 6-8pm, on Saturday, June 18 from 9am-8pm, and Sunday, June 19 from 9am-noon.

On Friday evening, June 17, Red Hawk will perform outdoors on the Quenchers Plaza, slope side at the ski area from 6-9pm. Sunset chairlift rides will also be available.

On Saturday, June 18, the resort will host a free, master naturalist-led, “Introduction to Birding” nature hike. There is no fee to participate, and guests are encouraged to bring binoculars.

For those interested in something totally different, Canaan Valley Resort and Blackwater Falls State Park will host an Irish Road Bowling tournament on Sunday, June 19. Irish Road Bowling is a sport in which competitors attempt to take the fewest throws to propel a metal ball – known as a “bullet” – along a predetermined course of country roads. Fun for all ages, no experience is necessary to participate.

In addition, guests have access to the resort’s outdoor pool, miles of hiking and biking trails, sporting clay shooting range, and an 18-hole championship golf course, among other amenities offered at the property.

For additional information, or to make reservations, contact the resort at 1-800-622-4121 or visit the website at

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Canaan Valley Resort is a four seasons destination with a wide array of adventures and a variety of guest rooms and cabins. On-site activities include an 18-hole championship golf course, scenic chairlift rides, sporting clay shooting range, hiking and biking trails, bike rentals, miniature golf, Euro-bungy/climbing wall, and indoor/outdoor pools.

Canaan Valley Resort is situated in northeast West Virginia approximately 2½ hours from Washington, D.C., three hours from Pittsburgh and 2¾ hours from Charleston, W.Va.

Canaan Valley Resort is owned by the state of West Virginia and managed by Sioux Falls, S.D.-based U.S. Hotels and Resort Management, Inc., which operates hotels, resorts, state park lodges, golf courses and restaurants in 13 states throughout the West and Midwest.

For more information, visit the website or call 1-800-622-4121. Travelers can connect with Canaan Valley Resort on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and by signing up for special email offers and a blog.

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