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Welcome Center in Berkeley Springs

Resident Inquire About The Old Train Depot

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As a resident of Berkeley Springs I've noticed in community meetings and on social media many residents have asked the following question "Why we can't have the Welcome Center in the old train depot building instead of where it's at?" In answer to that question, here is what we found.

There is no “Welcome Center” listed in Berkeley Springs on the West Virginia Department of Tourism site (travel & recreation page) where all other Welcome Centers are mapped. There was also no address listed for a Welcome Center in Berkeley Springs on the site.

This prompted us to investigate why this would be as most of our residents are under the assumption that Travel Berkeley Springs LLC operates a “Welcome Center” in Berkeley Springs. We decided to find out more about who owns that center. This in turn required even further investigation of business interests in Morgan County. We think you will be surprised by some of what we found. An overview of businesses in Berkeley Springs Source links are provided at the end of these articles for all of the information listed.

In answer to our question about why we can't have a welcome center in the old train depot? We probably can. Travel Berkeley Springs' office is not a Welcome Center. It is an office for a non-profit Convention and Visitor's Bureau named Travel Berkeley Springs. This fact is supported in the business overview information linked at the beginning of this article. Welcome Centers are owned and operated by the state. It could be that no one has formally asked the West Virginia Department of Tourism for a Welcome Center in Berkeley Springs but the state's Welcome Centers are generally located along a highway. There are also WV Parksways Authority Service Centers on the WV Turnpike.

For more information about Welcome Centers in West Virginia, please go to The West Virginia Department of Tourism Website

Morgan County residents feel that they need an organization that promotes not only tourism but also business as a whole in Morgan County was needed, given the few businesses that have managed to survive in Morgan County in this tough economy. Therefore, Travel Morgan County was formed on 9/2/15. Travel Morgan County is a non-profit organization that is chartered "Promoting local business, community activism and tourism in Morgan County, West Virginia.

Published by: My Berkeley Springs LLC.

Updated 9/8/2015: We cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information obtained from third-party sites such as the site for the West Virginia Secretary of State and it should be noted that Ms. Mozier asserts that there are inaccuracies in the information.

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Note: These sources are not searchable. You will have to go to the actual site in order to do these searches yourself.

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* Not all sources are listed. For additional information contact the administrators.