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

Flatwoods Monster Attracts Travelers from Distant Lands 

More than 60 years after the original sighting, The Flatwoods Monster has recently received an unexpected renewal of media coverage and public interest. Earlier this year, Small Town Monsters, a film production company based in Ohio, produced a documentary on the Flatwoods Monster which premiered at the Elk Theatre in April. Shortly after, RoadSideAmerica.com created ten unique pages on their website dedicated to all things Flatwoods Monster, including the Flatwoods Monster Museum, the Monster Chairs, and The Spot restaurant. Other coverage included many regional newspaper and magazine articles, as well as several TV news stories about the Monster. This exposure, combined with the marketing efforts of the Braxton County Convention and Visitors Bureau, has resulted in increased monster-related tourism to the area and renewed interest in the legend.

On a daily basis, folks from all over the state and beyond visit the Flatwoods Monster Museum and Visitors Center located at 208 Main Street in Sutton. Many visitors are simply stopping by on their way through the area. Some, however, are making Braxton County their primary destination on a road trip to the unknown. Among these guests include a couple from Canada who visited earlier this summer. They had planned a 2-day trip to Braxton centered around visiting the home of the Flatwoods Monster as well as eating at the Shoney’s restaurant located in Flatwoods. They said they had once seen a Shoney’s in a movie, but had never eaten at one. Not long after, a family from Georgia spent four days in the county just to experience where the Flatwoods Monster was sighted, as well as explore the nearby woods and wildlife of West Virginia. Also, recently, a woman originally from Japan flew from her current home in California to learn more about the Flatwoods Monster direct from the source while she enjoyed a 3-day visit to Braxton County. Aside from her experiences relating to the Flatwoods Monster, she particularly enjoyed experiencing West Virginia wildlife, especially seeing white-tail deer and hearing the chirping of crickets at night.

Media from distant lands have also made their pilgrimage to Braxton County to explore monster history. On Sunday, September 16th, a Chinese film crew from the paranormal travel show America’s Got Aliens filmed several segments in and around the Flatwoods area for an upcoming episode which will feature the Flatwoods Monster. The show is intended for Chinese citizens who primarily speak Cantonese. Airing on one of only four Cantonese speaking TV channels, it is likely that a large portion of the country’s population will watch the show when it airs in 2019. It’s estimated that over 60 million people in China speak Cantonese. China is the fastest growing international tourism market and as a result Braxton County could begin to attract more international tourism than ever before.

Fallout 76, a highly anticipated video game set in West Virginia, is scheduled to be released in November. The game has increased interest in the Flatwoods Monster, as it is featured in the game as well as many other West Virginia legends and folk lore.

The History Channel will premiere a new dramatic mini-series, Project Blue Book, based around the Flatwoods Monster this Winter. The show will have a similar production style as the Hatfields and McCoy series from 2012. Both Fallout 76 and Project Blue Book could prove to be strong tourism drivers in the years to come.

  

Posted by CVB Admin Wednesday, September 26, 2018 2:55:00 PM Categories: Flatwoods Monster