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Dunbar - Side Trip

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Dunbar CMP

Dunbar, like much of the area, is on land that was originally occupied by Native Americans. Archeologists identified 11 mounds from the Adena Period (1000 BC) in the residential areas of Dunbar, plus the large Adena Mound located in Shawnee Park.

First surveyed in 1774, the land was granted to George Washington for his military service. The town is named for Dunbar Baines, a prominent Charleston banker and lawyer.

In 1912, the farming community began to evolve into an industrial community with the opening of glass and bottling plants. The Gravely Plow was also invented and patented in Dunbar in 1916 and was produced here until the plant moved to Ohio.

Wine Cellar Park
National Register of Historic Places. Three large restored pre-Civil War-era stone walk-in wine cellars used to store wine made from locally grown grapes. The park is enjoyable for picnics, family gatherings, and fishing the well-stocked seven acre Laura Anderson Lake.

Dunbar City Park
This 40-acre parks sports an Olympic size pool, multi-purpose recreation building for reunions and other gatherings, playgrounds, and picnic areas. The Community Recreation Center includes a regulation basketball court, weight-lifting room, and meeting rooms.

Shawnee Park
Route 25, near Dunbar; 304.341.8030. Park hours: Dawn until dusk year-round.  Nine-hole public golf course. Boat ramp access to Kanawha River. Swimming pool. Adena Mound.

Festivals & Events

Critter Dinner - 3rd week of February. Wild game banquet, music, unusual eats.
Spring Festival - Mid-April. Music, story-telling, baseball, bicycles, food, and fun.
Fall Festival - September 16 - 17, 2011. Arts and crafts, live bands and concerts, car show, and the annual 10K Wine Cellar Classic Road Run.

Dunbar Tourism Committee: 304.766.0220

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