Braxton County gets its first Penny Press 

On Monday, November 5th, Braxton County became home to its first penny press. Penny presses are machines that will press a design into a U.S. penny. You may have noticed them while on vacation or in popular tourist destinations. The designs found on these unique souvenirs are usually related to the attraction or area where the press is located. Typically, the price of pressing a penny is fifty cents.

Braxton County’s first penny press will be placed in the Braxton County Visitors Center, located at 208 Main Street in Sutton. The press designs will feature the Sutton Dam, the West Virginia State Seal, and the Flatwoods Monster.

Penny pressing has become a collector craze, spawning many websites and apps aimed at helping enthusiasts collect one of every unique design. The first penny press was built in 1818 by a jeweler in Vienna. The first American penny press was made in 1892. It takes over 10,000 pounds of pressure to press a penny. Luckily, the machine is geared to transform many turns of the crack into small movement, but a lot of pressure. So, anyone who can turn a crank, can press a penny.

Did you know that pre-1982 pennies are the ideal choice for penny presses? This is because pennies made before 1982 were made from solid copper. When pressed, the pennies leave the machine with an even copper color. Pennies produced after 1982 have a zinc core, which can become exposed during the pressing process and leave the pressed penny with streaks of silver that will later dull to a dark gray.

If pressing pennies is your past time, or this is the first you’ve heard of it but have to try it out, come down to the Braxton County Visitors Center and take home a pocket-sized piece of Braxton.  

Posted by CVB Admin Friday, November 9, 2018 1:55:00 PM Categories: Flatwoods Monster

“Bazarre” scheduled for November 17th 

On November 17th, the Braxton County Visitors Center will hold its first annual “Bazarre” (Bazaar + Bizarre.) Paranormal investigators and authors will be selling books and movies they have produced and will be happy to meet and greet while discussing topics like UFO’s, hauntings, Big Foot, and Cryptids. Bazarre is scheduled for 12 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free.

The Visitors Center was first approached by Nicholas County resident and paranormal investigator, Dave Spinks, to organize a book signing for his latest piece of work. The idea quickly blossomed into inviting several authors, investigators, and documentarians from West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The event will feature, Stan Gordan, Seth Breedlove, George Dudding, Eric Altman, and Dave Spinks. All featured guests have made many TV, radio, and documentary appearances; as well as being involved with many high-profile investigations.

Stan Gordon was the primary investigator of the December 9,1965, UFO crash-recovery incident that occurred near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. Gordon has appeared on many TV shows, including Unsolved Mysteries, Sightings, Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and Creepy Canada.

Seth Breedlove is the man behind Small Town Monsters, a film production company based in Ohio. Small Town Monster has produced many documentaries based around strange occurrences. Breedlove’s 6th film was The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear.

George Dudding holds a BA and a MA, both specializing in Physics and Mathematics. Dudding has authored over 47 books on topics such as UFO's, cryptids, monsters, strange occurrences, and the paranormal. Dudding has appeared on Darkness Radio and the Mothman of Point Pleasant.

Dave Spinks has been investigating the paranormal since 1986. He has conducted several hundred supernatural investigations including hauntings, reports of strange creatures and UFO encounters. Spinks has been a prolific content creator since 2011 as well as appearing in many TV shows and documentaries.

Eric Altman is a Paranormal enthusiast, Bigfoot Investigator, and Director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society. He is the host of BTE Radio. In May 2016, Altman launched The Pennsylvania Cryptozoology Society, which is a volunteer research group investigating claims of sightings and encounters with unknown creatures in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.

Plan on coming out to Bazarre at the Braxton County Visitors Center, November 17th from 12 pm to 4 pm. This is a great opportunity to find the perfect Christmas gift for the person in your life who has everything!

Posted by CVB Admin Friday, November 9, 2018 1:52:00 PM Categories: Flatwoods Monster Special Events