WV State Facts
State Motto: “Montani Semper Liberi” (Mountaineers Are Always Free)
State Bird: Cardinal
State Tree: Sugar Maple
State Animal: Black Bear
State Fruit: Golden Delicious Apple
State Flower: Rhododendron
Some famous West Virginians
Pearl S. Buck – Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author was born in Hillsboro, Pocahontas County.
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson – Born in Clarksburg, Harrison County. The Confederate General’s boyhood home became the first state 4-H Club Camp in the United States.
Anna Jarvis – The founder of Mother’s Day, which was first officially celebrated at a Methodist church in Grafton and became a national holiday in 1914. She was born in Webster, near Grafton.
Don Knotts – Actor best known for his role as “Barney Fife” from “The Andy Griffith Show.” Born and raised in Morgantown, Monongalia County.
Kathy Mattea – World renowned country music artist was born and raised in Cross Lanes, Kanawha County.
Marian McQuade – The founder of Grandparents’ Day, which was first celebrated in West Virginia in 1973. It became a nationally designated day in 1979. She was born in Caperton and lives in Oak Hill.
Brad Paisley – Country music star and actor, born in Glen Dale.
Mary Lou Retton – 1984 Olympic Gold Medal winner in gymnastics is from Fairmont, Marion County.
Sam Snead – (deceased) world famous golfer, resided in White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County.
Booker T. Washington – Black educational leader and the first president of Tuskegee Institute, raised in Malden, Kanawha County.
Jerry West – Former professional basketball star of the Los Angeles Lakers, was born in Cabin Creek, Kanawha County.
Brigadier General Charles Yeager, U.S.A.F. Retired – First person to fly faster than the speed of sound, was born in Myra, Lincoln County.