Morgantown Summer 2021 Edition

Star City R I V E R AND R A I L - T R A I L

DID YOU KNOW? Star City was named for the Star Glass Company, the first lamp chimney producer in West Virginia. Star Glass made 72 styles of lamp chimney. Star City residents who worked in the coal mines across the Monongahela River in Osage and beyond crossed by ferry until the first Star City Bridge was constructed in 1951.

a walk or bike trip, and its covered terrace is perfect for people-watching. Just up the street, on

the small , independent riverside town of Star City to Morgantown’s north and west once hosted as many as 13 glass factories. Today, the well-traveled University Avenue business corridor between Morgantown and Interstate 79 is its center of commerce. Star City has recently been in a renais- sance: As enterprising residents open new shops and office spaces and refresh existing housing stock, it’s becoming a community where a person can live in a quiet neighborhood and walk to work. Homes date mostly to the 1940s to 1970s, with those nearer the business corridors built earlier. Structures are modest, with tidy, manageable lawns. Star City has an enviable location on the Monongahela River and the regional rail-trail system. Edith Barill Riverfront Park, with its Tugboat Depot playground, picnic pavilions, and public boat ramp, is a much-enjoyed gathering place and trailhead. Terra Cafe, next door, is a popular spot for espresso drinks, healthy meals, and indulgent desserts and draws people from all across the region. Its location on the rail-trail makes it a great meet-up or midpoint for

GENERAL AREA Either side of

University Avenue, Unique Consign- ment’s gently used furnishings turn over quickly. The WOW! Factory is a favorite place for pottery painting, glass fusing, and other craft activities, and Tuscan Sun Spa & Salon has fast become a go-to for pampering. All of that rail-trail and river access makes Star City a great location for everyone from runners and cyclists and to fishers and paddlers to families with young children. At the same time, the town sits just off of major in- town thoroughfares and a few minutes from Interstate 79—so what Star City residents can’t find right in their own neighborhood is a short drive away.

University Avenue and Monongahela Boulevard, occupying a sharp bend in the Monongahela River SCHOOLS Suncrest Elementary, Suncrest Middle, Morgantown High AVERAGE SALE PRICE 2020 $151,000 INTERESTING FACT The socialist party domi- nated Star City politics in the 1910s and ’20s.

Whether your boat ties up top or rides behind, you won’t have to go far to get it into the river. CAST OFF

MORGANTOWN MARINA Donley Street slip rentals

MCQUAIN RIVERFRONT PARK Walnut Street rentals to come

EDITH BARILL RIVERFRONT PARK boat ramp, trailer parking

VAN VOORHIS TRAILHEAD canoe/kayak launch, parking

FORT MARTIN BOAT LAUNCH west side of river, trailer parking

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