THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO MORGANTOWN
TOP NEIGHBORHOOD BARS APOTHECARY ALE HOUSE & CAFE Biggest beer selection. No one’s a stranger. CHESTNUT BREW WORKS Tiny tasting room, great brewhouse. CROCKETT’S LODGE Food, beer, and a laid-back atmosphere. GENE’S BEER GARDEN Beer, hot dogs, and live music. MARIO’S FISHBOWL A fishbowl of beer
FEED YOUR INNER GEEK Specialty museums all over town highlight what makes Morgantown unique.
ROYCE J. AND CAROLINE WATTS MUSEUM
First Ward ROOM TO ROAM
Peruse coal industry artifacts by appointment. WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources 304.293.4609 ROBINSON/PETROPLUS HALL OF TRADITIONS Celebrate WVU men’s and women’s basketball. WVU Basketball Practice Facility, 3450 Monongahela Boulevard MINI-MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY & NATURAL HISTORY Learn about the mineral wealth of the Mountain State—and see a replica of Megalonyx jeffersonii, the official West Virginia state fossil. WV Geological & Economic Survey, 1 Mont Chateau Road
families just starting out can do no better than First Ward. Situated south of downtown between Dorsey Avenue and White Park, First Ward is a relatively affordable near-downtown neighborhood. The farthest homes are a 20-minute walk from the heart of town—but just a few min- utes’ bike ride on the neighborhood’s flat terrain. First Ward’s tidy street grid has a harmonious uniformity: The early- and middle-20th century working-class homes were mostly built in similar styles. Residents enjoy good-sized yards, quiet streets, lots of sidewalks, and great park access. Grassy Jack Roberts Park, at the heart of the neighborhood, has a play- ground, a basketball court, a ballfield, and wide open spaces. It’s a choice spot for July 4 picnics, sparklers, and fireworks. At the far edge of First Ward, forested White Park holds softball fields and five miles of walking and biking trails along- side the Cobun Creek reservoir. And for indoor recreation, the Morgantown Ice Arena, right next door, offers public skates on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Insider tip: A Saturday Mountaineers basketball game clears the rink—it’s a great time to practice your toe loop or work up a spectacular, ice-spraying hockey stop. Want to get a feel for First Ward? Walk the streets—you’re sure to see parents pushing strollers, families at the park, and longtime residents tending their flower gardens. Then check out Mundy’s Place, a beloved longtime neighborhood bar, for great pub food specials like Wing Wednesdays and Fish Fridays.
GENERAL AREA Primarily Dorsey Avenue toWhite Park SCHOOLS Mountainview Elementary, South Middle, Morgantown High AVERAGE SALE PRICE 2020 $220,000
and a basket of wings go a long way.
MUNDY’S PLACE Good beer selection, pub food, live music.
ON FACEBOOK “First Ward Neighborhood Association”
TOWN HILL TAVERN
Have a tanker and a steak sandwich. VARSITY CLUB Sports fan or not, 100+ beers and good eats.
INTERESTING FACT Giant oil tanks in White Park were struck by lightning and caught fire at least five times
COOK-HAYMAN PHARMACY MUSEUM
The history of West Virginia pharmaceutical practices. Until COVID restrictions pass, visit pharmacy.hsc. wvu.edu/support-us to view the video tour.
between 1899 and 1939. You
can see photos at the Morgantown History Museum.
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